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Aiding Hurricane Victims With A Spinal Cord Injury Or Disease

Recovery is a tough road to travel after a hurricane.



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A generous grant from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation has allowed United Spinal to increase its targeted outreach to the Spinal Cord Injury and Disease community in hurricane affected areas and to increase participation in coordination of regional hurricane disaster relief efforts.

Wheelchair users and other people with disabilities are among the most vulnerable from severe weather and natural disaster events such as the recent hurricanes and floods in Florida, Houston, Puerto Rico, and USVI.

Micro-grants will be made available to individuals (both United Spinal members and Spinal Cord Injury and Disease community members at large) to close the “FEMA” gap for accessible housing, for medical equipment repair or replacement and for general subsistence needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

The maximum grant amount an individual can receive is $1000.00.

Applications are limited to one per household.
You will receive an email confirmation when your application has been submitted.

  • You will receive an email confirmation when your application has been submitted. If you believe you have submitted an application but did not receive a confirmation look in your email spam folder. If no confirmation was received you can submit an inquiry to our Resource Center.

Notifications Upon Approval of Grant Request

Upon review and approval of your application for a grant, you will receive an email notification indicating that your grant request has been approved and that the proper authorization has been conveyed to our accounting department. You will receive another email notification once the accounting department has processed your grant.

Notification Upon Denial of Grant Request

If your application denied, you will receive an email containing details of the denial.

A check for the full amount of the grant will be mailed to the address provided in the application.

Yes, United Spinal Hurricane Related Disaster Relief grants are awarded on a one time basis.

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About United Spinal

United Spinal is a national 501(c) (3) nonprofit membership organization formed in 1946 by paralyzed veterans and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all Americans with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D), including multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, ALS and post-polio. It played a significant role in writing the Americans with Disabilities Act, and made important contributions to the Fair Housing Amendments Act and the Air Carrier Access Act. Membership is free and is open to all individuals with SCI/D. United Spinal was instrumental in getting New York City to create sidewalk curb ramps and accessible public transportation that has been used as a model for many United States cities.


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.
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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.