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2017


11/08/17The Coca-Cola Foundation awards more than $1 Million in grants to organizations providing veterans’ transition services.


07/11/17United Spinal Appoints Geno Bonetti, Executive Healthcare Consultant, as New Board Member
United Spinal appoints Geno Bonetti, an executive healthcare consultant specializing in pre-hospital medicine, rehabilitation and long-term acute care as a member of its Board of Directors.


07/06/17: United Spinal Secures Decision for Wheelchair User Complaint Against Statue of Liberty Ferry
A New York District Court decision will permit David Heard, a power wheelchair user and member of United Spinal, to continue to pursue legal action against Statue Cruises, LLC. for allegedly discriminating against him on the basis of his disability.


6/28/17: United Spinal Appoints Lisa Wells, Experienced Online Marketing and E-Commerce Professional, as New Board Member
United Spinal appoints Lisa Wells, Vice President of Marketing at Cure Medical from Las Vegas, Nevada, as a member of its Board of Directors.


6/23/17: United Spinal’s VetsFirst Applauds Passage of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act
United Spinal’s VetsFirst program praises the passage of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act that was signed into law today by President Trump.


6/15/17: United Spinal’s 6th Annual “Roll on Capitol Hill” Gathers Wheelchair Users to Advocate for Veterans and People Living with Spinal Cord Injuries/Disorders
Over 150 wheelchair users, clinicians, partners and disability advocates from 35 states, gathered in Washington, D.C. on June 11-14 for the 6th Annual Roll on Capitol Hill to discuss improving disability policies with key congressional leaders.


5/8/17United Spinal Statement on House Passage of the American Health Care Act: Disability Community to Hold Senate Accountable
United Spinal condemned the House passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) that will seriously hurt the health, independence and quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D) and other pre-existing conditions.


3/28/17United Spinal Publishes Free Accessible Air Travel Guide for People with Disabilities
United Spinal’s Accessible Air Travel Booklet provides people who use wheelchairs and other mobility aids with all the information they need to have a safe and enjoyable flight.


2/23/17: United Spinal Association and the 9th Annual ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival Co-Presenting ‘The Rebound’ at JCC Manhattan
United Spinal and the 9th Annual ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival will be co-presenting ‘The Rebound’, a documentary film about the Miami Heat Wheels wheelchair basketball team as they chase a championship.


2016


2/23/16: United Spinal’s #GivingTuesday Strengthens Wheelchair Users and All People with Disabilities: So Many Ways to Give
United Spinal, the single, largest membership organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with spinal cord injuries and diseases (SCI/D) nationwide, celebrates #GivingTuesday — the day dedicated to giving back to communities and causes we value.


9/20/16: United Spinal Named Beneficiary of ‘Ride with Ian’ Cross-Continent Bike Trek to Raise Spinal Cord Injury Awareness and Funds
United Spinal has been named beneficiary of the Ride with Ian Cross-Continent Bike Trek and will receive 100 percent of the profits raised by Ian Andersen, who is cycling 20,000 miles from Alaska to Argentina to increase awareness, help veterans, and fund rehabilitation.


9/1/16: United Spinal’s VP of Accessibility Services, Dominic Marinelli, Appointed to New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council by Governor Cuomo
Dominic Marinelli, VP of Accessibility Services, has been appointed to the New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council by Governor Cuomo with the advice and consent of the Senate.


6/29/16: United Spinal’s 5th Annual Roll on Capitol Hill Gathers Wheelchair Users to Advocate for Veterans and People Living with Spinal Cord Injuries/Disorders
Over 150 wheelchair users, clinicians, partners and disability advocates from 33 states, plus Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, gathered in Washington, D.C. on June 26-29 for the 5th Annual Roll on Capitol Hill to discuss improving disability policies with key congressional leaders.


6/14/16: United Spinal Association Joins Forces to Create the National Spasticity Alliance
United Spinal is joining with National Stroke Association and three other advocacy groups to raise awareness about spasticity and help people living with spasticity to resume normal daily activities.


5/10/16: United Spinal to Exhibit at 30th Annual CMSC Meeting: Latest in Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis, Treatment, & Research
United Spinal is exhibiting at the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers’ (CMSC) 30th Annual Meeting, which will be held June 1-4, 2016 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD.


4/7/16: United Spinal & New York City Reach Settlement on Curb Ramp Installation & Upkeep
United Spinal and New York City have agreed to expand a ground-breaking 2002 settlement in a class action lawsuit that requires the City to install and upgrade wheelchair curb ramps at all of its street corners.


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.