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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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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Support the Civil Rights of People with Disabilities

Institutionalization remains a serious problem for people with disabilities.

United Spinal supports the Disability Integration Act (S. 910/H.R. 2472) which addresses this serious problem by specifying in Federal Statute that people with disabilities have a federally protected right to a real choice in how and where they receive community services and supports.

Click Here To Take Action On This Issue

The Disability Integration Act supports the civil rights of people with disabilities to live in the community in the following ways:

  • ensuring that you have a real choice in how you receive services and supports without any discrimination;
  • making sure that your state and insurance providers deliver services and supports in a way that you choose – where you live and how you get your services and supports – so that you can lead an independent life;
  • states must develop plans to increase the availability of affordable and accessible private and public housing for individuals with disabilities.
  • establishing stronger, targeted enforcement mechanisms to ensure timely development and implementation of your services and supports in agreed-to transition plans.

Organizations Supporting This Legislation
Congressional Supporters
Position Paper (PDF)

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