Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injury can result in paralysis of the muscles used for breathing; paralysis and/or loss of feeling in all or some of the trunk, arms, and legs; weakness; numbness; loss of bowel and bladder control; and numerous secondary conditions including respiratory problems, pressure sores, and sometimes fatal spikes in blood pressure. Approximately 12,000 new spinal cord injuries occur in the U.S. each year. A majority of injuries occur from motor vehicle accidents, falls, work-related accidents, sports injuries, and penetrations such as stab or gunshot wounds.

Our Membership Community

Our membership community provides a lifeline for many individuals that are focused on regaining their independence and improving their quality of life––whether they are leaving rehab after sustaining a spinal cord injury, learning to live with symptoms of a spinal cord disorder, or have spent years of frustration coping with disability. We provide members guidance and resources on a variety of topics they are passionate about, such as employment, affordable housing, transportation, health care, home- and community-based independent living, education, peer support, and leisure and recreation.

Ask Us

United Spinal’s Ask Us program connects you with information, resources, and access to our “Ask Us Spinal Cord Central” help center. Browse the Knowledge Books below for answers to your questions. If you can’t find what you are looking for just Ask Us and one of our knowledgeable staff will provide you with answers.
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Support Americans Living with SCI/D on #Giving Tuesday, December 2nd 2016-12-31T02:26:38+00:00

GT-Web-Banner580-1.jpg-copy-1-300x139United Spinal Association is participating in the third annual #GivingTuesday campaign on December 2, 2014.

Join in the #GivingTuesday Movement: Make a Donation to United Spinal Association.

Your generosity will enable United Spinal Association to offer valuable programs and services to all people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D) across the country, including our disabled veterans.

Some of the things we do, thanks to you:



What’s Giving Tuesday?

In the same way that retail stores come together to offer deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday brings the nonprofit community together on a universal platform to raise awareness about the importance of supporting our valuable missions and work.

We have two days that are good for the economy. Now we have a day that’s good for the soul.


How to Get Involved in Our #Giving Tuesday Campaign

1. Please consider making a donation to help us continue to assist people living with SCI/D. Donate here.

2. Receive updates from United Spinal Association on how you can support people living with SCI/D by sending the code GIVE via email to UnitedSpinal@ivytalk.com or text message to (425) 642-0169.

3. Share your support of United Spinal Association with your social networks.

Sample tweet/post: Give more, give better, give smarter. I’m supporting @UnitedSpinal this #givingtuesday.

GT Pledge pic4. Print out this 1-page message and write in your own comment on why you are pledging to give to United Spinal Association. Take a selfie pic holding the message,  tag it #unselfie and #givingtuesday, and upload to your Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter from now until December 2nd.


Why Support United Spinal Association?

United Spinal Association is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of all people living with SCI/D, including veterans, and providing support and information to loved ones, care providers and professionals. By supporting United Spinal Association you will help us empower people with disabilities of all ages to achieve greater independence and pursue active and rewarding lifestyles.


We were there for our paralyzed veterans returning home after World War II who needed better health care, higher paying jobs, and greater access to housing and transportation. Since then, United Spinal Association has continued to advocate on the front lines to ensure equal rights for Americans with SCI/D. From writing portions of the Americans with Disabilities Act and helping our disabled veterans transition back into their communities to providing programs and services that empower wheelchair users to maximize their independence––we have been honored to serve the disability community for over 65 years.

Check out our historic timeline.

Visit our VetFirst program to see how we are helping our veterans and their family members.

Learn more about the resources and support we offer the disability community.