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United Spinal Association

From our mission to our financials
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Mission
Our mission is to improve the quality of life of all people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D). More
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Leadership
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
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History and Quick Facts
Formed by paralyzed veterans, United Spinal has been serving the SCI community since 1948. More
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United Spinal Annual Report. Read the report
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United Spinal Financial Statement. View the statement
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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.
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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
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Veterans Assistance
United Spinal's VetsFirst assists disabled veterans and their families in obtaining the benefits that they are entitled to.More
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Public Policy
Our Public Polciy staff are actively involved in advocating for laws and regulations that are beneficial to people with disabilities. More
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Wheelchair Advocacy
United Spinal's UsersFirst and its following advocate for appropriate wheelchairs and equipment. More
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National Support Groups
Our network of affiliated support groups provide peer-to-peer support to persons with SCI/disease, caregivers, and family members. More
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Accessibility Services
Accessibility Services is a United Spinal program devoted exclusively to making our built environment accessible to people with disabilities. More
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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
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Informative Publications
United Spinal provides a diverse selection of educational and informative publications. More
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Webinars
Ongoing webinars on disability related topics of interest. More
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Membership Magazine
Life in Action keeps our members informed and up to date on United Spinal and disability issues. More
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Lifestyles
United Spinal's New Mobility Magazine covers a diverse selection of contemporary topics that are of interest to wheelchair users. More
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Assistive Technology Guide
United Spinal's TechGuide offers an online resource to wheelchairs, wheelchair reviews, and assistive technology sources. More
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Accessible Travel
Able To Travel is our travel agency dedicated to accessible travel.More

Recent Articles

Increase Access to Taxis for All

| April 14, 2014

United Spinal supports local and federal policies that create affordable, accessible, and safe transportation options for all. Access to transportation is vital for employment, contributing to one’s civic and religious community, supporting one’s family and maintaining an active social life.

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Disabilities Treaty: Tell Your Story

| April 11, 2014

United Spinal remains committed to passage of the Disabilities Treaty. The treaty promotes the ideals of the Americans with Disabilities Act around the world. Last week, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) vowed to continue fighting for United States ratification of the treaty. Senator Harkin has asked for individuals to let him know why the Disabilities Treaty […]

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United Spinal Appoints Darren Brehm, Experienced Business Leader and Strategist, as New Board Member

| April 10, 2014

United Spinal Association has appointed Darren Brehm, a Kraft Foods director and wheelchair user from Northbrook, Illinois as a member of its Board of Directors. Brehm will utilize his business experience to assist United Spinal in optimizing its strategy, programs, and sustainability so the organization can better serve more individuals living with spinal cord injuries […]

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Improve Access to Wheelchair Repair

| April 10, 2014

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Survey to Improve Access to Wheelchair Repair

| April 9, 2014

Wheelchair repair is essential to a wheelchair user’s mobility, independence, and ability to contribute to, and participate in society. However, access to wheelchair repair services is being restricted by Medicare’s policies. It is critical that wheelchair users have access to a Medicare supplier with trained and experienced service technicians and the infrastructure and inventory to […]

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Lex Frieden Speaks on Social Justice Panel During Civil Rights Summit

| April 7, 2014

Lex Frieden, a United Spinal board member who played an integral role in the development, passage and implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) participated in a social justice panel discussion on Thurs., Apr. 10 at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas as part of the Civil Rights Summit, Apr. 8-10. Watch Live […]

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Join Us For Two Webinars in April – Motion Therapy Technology & Transitioning to Mobility Devices

| April 3, 2014

United Spinal Association’s membership division, National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA), will host two free webinars in April on the latest technology on motion therapy and transitioning from cane to walkers to wheelchairs for people living with disabilities. Can I Walk Again? The Latest Technology on Motion Therapy ––Thursday, April 10th from 3 p.m. to […]

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Kesha Pilot Launches ‘Save the Wheelchair’ Campaign to Raise Awareness on the Need for Customized Mobility Equipment

| March 18, 2014

United Spinal Association member Kesha Pilot, a 27 year-old wheelchair user and disability advocate from Hot Springs, Arkansas, has launched the Save the Wheelchair campaign to raise money to support United Spinal’s 3rd Annual Roll on Capitol Hill. Roll on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, June 22-25, 2014–– is United Spinal’s annual legislative advocacy event […]

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United Spinal Joins Fight to Raise MS Awareness

| March 12, 2014

United Spinal Association joined multiple sclerosis (MS) activists from around the country on March 10-12, 2014 during National MS Society’s Public Policy Conference in Washington, DC. The conference’s goal is to urge Congress to: -support promising treatments for MS in the pipeline; -support access to complex rehabilitation technology or medically-necessary products–such as individually configured manual […]

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United Spinal and The Buoniconti Fund Strengthen SCI/D Peer Support Nationwide

| March 5, 2014

United Spinal Association and The Buoniconti Fund recently teamed up to create a national network of peer support groups called the “Spinal Network” to set higher standards in assisting people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D). The goal of the Spinal Network is to ensure more peer support groups in cities and towns […]

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