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.

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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.

Free Membership

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United Spinal Members

Membership in United Spinal Association is free and open to all individuals who are living with a spinal cord injury or disease, their family members, friends, and healthcare providers.

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United Spinal 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. We have 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.

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Member Benefits Include

  • Advice and Guidance
  • Advocacy and Public Policy
  • Veterans Benefits Counseling
  • Accessibility Advocacy
  • Local Chapters
  • Peer Support
  • New Mobility Membership Magazine
  • Informative and Educational Publications
  • Ongoing Educational Webinars
  • National Spinal Network

New Mobility Membership Magazine

New Mobility Magazine

New Mobility Membership Magazine

New Mobility is United Spinal’s free monthly membership magazine covering Spinal Cord Injury and Disease,  health, travel, recreation, advocacy, relationships, employment, humor, the arts, lifestyles and much more.

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Scootaround’s DNA Program

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Scootaround’s DNA Program

Planning a trip? Don’t get stranded without your personal assistive equipment information again. Scootaround’s Disability Number Assistance (DNA) program is free to all United Spinal Association members, and allows you to easily streamline repair claims, access your warranty details, and more. Our DNA program stores your mobility equipment information in a secure database that can be accessed anywhere in the world, either online or over the phone.

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Our Member Community

United Spinal’s 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.

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.