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

Need Access to the Better Wheelchairs? Contact Medicare Today

| May 20, 2013

Access to high quality wheelchairs, and other devices is far from a luxury, it’s a necessity!

The right wheelchair goes a long way in helping many people with disabilities live healthy and active lifestyles, and most importantly maintain their independence. It also allows greater access to employment, educational and social opportunities.

If you live in one of the 9 areas listed below and you are continuing to have problems with access to the right wheelchair and related services, please contact 1-800 MEDICARE to let them know of your concerns.

  • Cincinnati – Middletown (Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana)
  • Cleveland – Elyria – Mentor (Ohio)
  • Charlotte – Gastonia – Concord (North Carolina and South Carolina)
  • Dallas – Fort Worth – Arlington (Texas)
  • Kansas City (Missouri and Kansas)
  • Miami – Fort Lauderdale – Pompano Beach (Florida)
  • Orlando (Florida)
  • Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania)
  • Riverside – San Bernardino – Ontario (California)

Let Medicare know of your concerns to urge them to make improvements to their program called the Medicare bidding program which currently restricts the number of providers of medical equipment and supplies that are eligible to provide you with the equipment and supplies that you need.

You can also take part in a short survey about your access to wheelchairs and medical equipment.

Your feedback will help United Spinal advocate in Washington, DC to change policies that affect your mobility and independence.


Category: Accessibility, Public Policy, Wheelchairs & Technology

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