• 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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    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.

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VA Accountability & Whislteblower Protection Signed Into Law

NEW YORK, NY – June 23rd – United Spinal Association’s VetsFirst program praises the passage of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act that was signed...

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James Weisman - United Spinal's CEO With A Cause

 Within the halls of United Spinal, James Weisman is almost as famous for his storytelling ability as he is in the disability rights community for being one of America’s leading advocates for...

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Our Peer Mentor Training Program Gets High Marks

Our Peer Mentor Training Program is going national!

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2017 Roll on Capitol Hill Brings Disability Advocates Together

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United Spinal Resource Center Team

The team of experts behind the United Spinal Resource Center doesn’t need a wheelchair-shaped distress symbol to shine in the sky to bring them together, but for callers in need, they may be the...
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Spinal Network Strengthens SCI/D Peer Support Nationwide

The Spinal Network is maintained through a partnership between United Spinal Association, and generous support from Hollister, Inc.––a world leader in urological products. United Spinal Association...

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California Business Entrepreneur Rick Hayden to Attend Roll on Capitol Hill

Rick Hayden, 62, a sales and marketing consultant, president of the Southern California Chapter of United Spinal Association and wheelchair user, will be attending Roll on Capitol Hill along with...

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Looking Back At Our Roll On Capitol Hill

This well over 100 United Spinal members and fellow advocates will descend on our nation’s capital to advocate for the SCI/D community at our Annual Roll on Capitol Hill. Here’s a look back at the...

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Virginia Chapter: Changing the Face of Rehab in the Mid-Atlantic Region

Sharon Drennan, the executive director of the Virginia Chapter of United Spinal Association was all smiles when she heard about plans for a new rehab center.

(Pictured) An artist’s rendition...

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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...

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