• 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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Winning the Fight on the Affordable Care Act

After the stunning Republican defeat of the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) at the end of July, yes, we did it again. The ACA repeal vote keeps coming back up and United Spinal keeps beating...
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Advocate Turned Politician: Willis Washington

Despite a lack of political experience, Willis Washington decided to run for state office last year in Oklahoma. Working in his local SCI community, he saw a need and wanted to it. He didn’t win,...

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The Importance of Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities

There is a common misconception that buildings and facilities built years ago are ‘grandfathered’ and are not required to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards. This is...

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Rick Hayden: Behind the Smile

If you’ve had any association with the wheelchair industry, the medical industry or pretty much done anything at all related to rehab, chances are you’ve probably seen the Smile. The Smile in...
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Spinal Cord Injury Facts and Misconceptions with Bill Fertig

Bill Fertig is an entrepreneur, wheelchair user, former police officer, and a champion at the United Spinal Association resource center. As the head of the resource center, Bill is often the first...

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3 Benefits of an SCI/D Peer Support Group

Overcoming spinal cord injury and disease (SCI/D) can be challenging for individuals and their family members and caregivers. SCI/D peer support groups enable the sharing of valuable resources,...

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How Disability Advocacy Drives Diversity and Acceptance

Effective advocacy involves educating people on a specific issue and moving them to action. Disability advocacy helps raise awareness of problems and seek solutions for change. Spinal cord injury...

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The Invisible Impacts of Spinal Cord Injury and Disease

Spinal cord injury and disease (SCI/D) is damage to the spinal cord or the spinal nerve roots within the spinal canal. People living with spinal cord injury and disease typically have permanent...

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How Corporations Can Create Diversity in the Workplace

Imagine the pride and excitement of showing up to your first job interview following months of physical therapy after spinal cord injury. You roll up to the front door of your potential new...

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What is the Americans with Disabilities Act?

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) is the most comprehensive law ever passed to protect the civil rights of individuals with disabilities.

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