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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Access To Taxis Action

United Spinal is advocating for 100% accessible taxi, as well as accessible Uber & Lyft, service in Washington, DC. United Spinal will continue to advocate for access to all modes of transportation as a civil right.

Join us in this fight. You need not be a resident of DC.

Phone or Email Key DC Councilmembers

You can contact DC Councilmembers by phone or email. Phone numbers and email addresses are listed below.

The suggested message follows but please feel free to convey your experiences and thoughts regarding:


My name is ___. I am calling from ____. Accessible transportation is important to me. Currently less than 2.5% of the DC taxi fleet is wheelchair accessible.  Uber and Lyft offer no accessible options.  Please consider introduction of a bill that would increase accessible taxis and Uber and Lyft  service.


Phone Numbers:
Mary Cheh, Phone: (202) 724-8062
Kenyan McDuffie, Phone: (202) 724-8028
Jack Evans, Phone: (202) 724-8058
Brandon T. Todd, Phone: (202) 724-8052
Charles Allen, Phone: (202)-724-8072


Tweet To Key DC Councilmembers
Use the Twitter addresses below to tweet this message:

#DC needs #accessible #taxi and #Uber service for everyone. #AccessibleDCNow #TransportationEquity


Mary Cheh, Twitter: @marycheh
Kenyan McDuffie, Twitter: @CM_McDuffie
Jack Evans, Twitter: @JackEvansWard2
Brandon T. Todd, Twitter: @CMBrandonTodd
Charles Allen, Twitter: @CharlesAllenW6

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