United Spinal Association

From our mission to our financials
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Our mission is to improve the quality of life of all people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D). More
Our leaders are dedicated to advancing the organization's principles and goals and to achieving the highest level of service to the spinal cord injury community. More
History and Quick Facts
Formed by paralyzed veterans, United Spinal has been serving the SCI community since 1948. More
United Spinal Annual Report. Read the report
United Spinal Financial Statement. View the statement

Services and Outreach

What we do at United Spinal
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United Spinal's services enable people living with SCI/D to pursue rewarding lives and careers.
Ask Us
Our Ask Us program gives members and the public an opportunity to obtain one-on-one information and guidance.
Spinal Cord Injury and Disease. More
Veterans Benefits. More
Wheelchairs & Assistive Technology. More
Veterans Assistance
United Spinal's VetsFirst assists disabled veterans and their families in obtaining the benefits that they are entitled to.More
Public Policy
Our Public Polciy staff are actively involved in advocating for laws and regulations that are beneficial to people with disabilities. More
Wheelchair Advocacy
United Spinal's UsersFirst and its following advocate for appropriate wheelchairs and equipment. More
National Support Groups
Our network of affiliated support groups provide peer-to-peer support to persons with SCI/disease, caregivers, and family members. More
Accessibility Services
Accessibility Services is a United Spinal program devoted exclusively to making our built environment accessible to people with disabilities. More

Membership & Resources

Membership & online resources
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Membership Division
National Spinal Cord Injury Association is the membership division of United Spinal Association. More
Hospital Membership. More
Business Members. More
Organizational Members. More
Informative Publications
United Spinal provides a diverse selection of educational and informative publications. More
Ongoing webinars on disability related topics of interest. More
Membership Magazine
Life in Action keeps our members informed and up to date on United Spinal and disability issues. More
United Spinal's New Mobility Magazine covers a diverse selection of contemporary topics that are of interest to wheelchair users. More
Assistive Technology Guide
United Spinal's TechGuide offers an online resource to wheelchairs, wheelchair reviews, and assistive technology sources. More
Accessible Travel
Able To Travel is our travel agency dedicated to accessible travel.More

Free Membership

Become A Member. It’s Free!
Membership in United Spinal Association is free and open to all individuals who are living with a spinal cord injury or disorder.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Spina Bifida
  • Diastematomyelia
  • Tethered spinal cord syndrome
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Poliomyelitis
  • Syringomyelia
Each year, United Spinal Association helps thousands of wheelchair-users, veterans, and people with multiple sclerosis and other spinal cord disorders overcome the daily challenges of living with a disability. And we extend our support to those most important in their lives–– their family members and caregivers.

United Spinal’s 35,000 members include individuals of all ages and backgrounds who are driven, independent, and active participants in our society. They are paralympians, wounded warriors, talented artists, kids with big dreams, proud parents, empowered women, self-advocates, heroes, survivors, and accomplished professionals.

National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA),, is the membership arm of our organization. NSCIA has over 65 years of experience educating and empowering individuals with SCI/D to achieve and maintain the highest levels of independence, health and personal fulfillment. It has more than 60 local chapters and support groups nationwide, connecting people with SCI/D to their peers and fostering an expansive grassroots network that enriches lives.

Living Life In Motion Video
Learn about United Spinal and it’s programs. Hosted by Michael York with personal insights from members.Join United SpinalView The Video
The Benefits Of Membership
  • Wheelchair Accessible Travel Arrangements
  • Accessible Design Guidance
  • Veterans Benefits Assistance
  • Wheelchair & Equipment Advice
  • Wheelchair & Parts Discounts
  • Free New Mobility Membership Magazine
  • Benefits Counseling
  • Adaptive Sports & Recreation
  • National & Local Advocacy
  • Peer Mentoring
Life in Action Magazine Life in Action Magazine
Life in Action, United Spinal’s new membership publication, empowers Americans with spinal cord injuries and disorders with active-lifestyle information, peer connection and advocacy.
Able To Travel logoABLE to TravelUnited Spinal Association’s full service travel agency that understands & addresses the travel needs of wheelchair users and persons with disabilities.
  • Free To Members
  • Contemporary Articles
  • Disability News
  • Organization News
  • Life & Leisure
  • Accessible Transportation
  • International Travel Arrangements
  • Accessible Accommodations
  • Access to Medical Equipment While Traveling
Image of VetsFirst logoVetsFirst Directly serves the needs of United Spinal’s veteran members. Our network of National Service Officers provides assistance and representation in claims for benefits and services. Wheelchair Medic logoWheelchair Medic
Provides member discounts on the purchase of wheelchairs, scooters, wheelchair parts, and other mobility devices.
  • Benefits Counseling Services
  • Individual Representation
  • Representation On Appeals
  • Veterans Advocacy
  • 15% Discount on Parts
  • 10% Discount on Scooters
  • 10% Discount on Wheelchairs
TechGuide ServiceTechGuide Service A member’s personal expert consultant and guide to wheelchairs and assistive technology devices. ADA Roadside AssistanceADA Roadside AssistanceSpecial member rates on nationwide roadside assistance for your adapted vehicle or for those times when your wheelchair has left you stranded.
  • Advice On Wheelchair Selection
  • Advice On Equipment Selection
  • Help Locating Products & Services
United Spinal logoFor more than 60 years, we have committed our energy and our talents to improving the lives of individuals living with spinal cord injuries or disorders. Our initiatives in promoting inclusion, improving access, fostering independence, enhancing mobility, and demanding equality, along with our commitment to member service, has helped to create opportunities for our members and all people with spinal cord injuries or disorders.
  • Research & Education
  • Legislation
  • Outreach & Education
  • Assistive Technology Advocacy
  • Civil Rights Advocacy
  • Healthcare Advocacy
  • Accessibility Advocacy
  • Awareness and Understanding