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.

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United Spinal’s 6th Annual “Roll on Capitol Hill” to Raise Awareness

NEW YORK, NY – May 18th, –– United Spinal Association and over 100 disability advocates  and wheelchair users from its national chapter network will gather in Washington, D.C. on June 11-14 for the 6th Annual Roll on Capitol Hill to meet with congressional leaders and highlight health, independence, community, and quality of life issues vital to people with spinal cord injury/disease (SCI/D).

Roll on Capitol Hill is United Spinal’s annual signature policy event that addresses key advocacy priorities for its membership and the broader disability community to ensure that legislators include wheelchair users and all people with disabilities in policy debates on Capitol Hill.

“Our advocacy efforts have never been more critical than they are this year, as people with spinal cord injuries and diseases and 130 million other Americans living with pre-existing conditions face uncertainty with their health insurance,” said James Weisman, United Spinal’s president and CEO.

“As we join voices at Roll on Capitol Hill we must remain vigilant to ensure that all people with disabilities, including wheelchair users and our veterans, have access to quality health care, independence and equal rights,” added Weisman.

While attending United Spinal Association’s 6th Annual Roll on Capitol Hill, advocates will talk to Congress about the following:

  • Protecting health care benefits and services for the SCI/D community, such as pushing back against all efforts to remove our community’s consumer protections for health care coverage and pre-existing conditions.
  • Advocating for improved access to complex rehab technology that our community and wheelchair users rely on to live active and healthy lifestyles.
  • Safeguarding the provision of accessible transportation for individuals with disabilities across the country.
  • Ensuring people with disabilities and wheelchair users are not barred from entering public accommodations at the federal and state levels.
  • Strengthening the provision of home- and community-based services and supports so that individuals can live and participate in their communities.
  • Ensuring robust funding for agencies from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to the Department of Labor so that our community’s benefits and services are maintained.

On the evening of June 13th, United Spinal will host a Congressional Awards Reception to recognize members of Congress for their outstanding service to people with disabilities and veterans:

  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) – 2017 James J. Peters Disability Rights Champion Award
  • Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN) – 2017 VetsFirst Congressional Bronze Star Award
  • Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) – 2017 Junius A. Kellogg Congressional Outstanding Leadership Award
  • United Spinal will also honor disability advocates who have shown advocacy leadership and dedication to, and success in, state and/or federal policy issue or issues impacting the SCI/D or broader disability community. This year Frances M. Ozur Cole, President, United Spinal’s New Mexico Chapter will receive the 2017 Finn Bullers Advocate of the Year Award. Jenn Wolff, formerly United Spinal’s Advocacy Alliance Manager, will receive the 2017 Grassroots Advocacy Award.

United Spinal’s VetsFirst program will also host educational and advocacy sessions on legislation to improve employment benefits and access to health care services for veterans at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

United Spinal Association builds on its strong advocacy work all year-round through participation in coalitions and partnerships across a broad spectrum of issues important to its 50-plus chapters, 200 support groups and over 1 million individuals impacted by SCI/D across the country.

For more information about the public policies that United Spinal will address at Roll on Capitol Hill, go to https://www.unitedspinal.org/events/roll-on-capitol-hill/ or click here.

2017-06-22T22:18:10+00:00 By |Latest, United Spinal Updates|