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.
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ABLE Accounts Are Worth A Look

ABLE accounts encourage and assist individuals with disabilities and their families in saving private funds to help maintain health, independence, and quality of life and provide secure funding for disability-related expenses.

United Spinal played an important part in helping to pass the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act. In late 2014, President Obama signed the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act bill into law. As of May 2017, 48 states, plus the District of Columbia, have passed ABLE Act legislation and 23 states have launched ABLE programs.

These accounts are tax-exempt and a qualified ABLE program established and maintained by a state, or by an agency of a state, pays for the following type of expenses: expenses for education, housing, transportation, employment training and support, assistive technology and personal support services, health, prevention and wellness, financial management and administrative services, legal fees, and other expenses. Your Medicaid and Supplemental Security Benefits are not cut due to your opening an ABLE account, except for certain distributions related to some housing expenses under the Supplemental Security Income program and for amounts in an ABLE account exceeding $100,000.

No matter where you reside, you can open an ABLE account in any state that accepts outside residents into their program. And we can help you find the right fit.

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Please check out the ABLE website for more information: ABLE National Resource Center Initiative and take a short survey to tell us your thoughts about ABLE.

United Spinal is a partner of the #ABLEtoSave campaign which will take place from July 30 to September 2. This campaign will work to increase awareness and education about ABLE accounts and to increase the amount of ABLE accounts opened across the country. The campaign will consist of informational videos, webinars, social media messages and other resources to spread the word about ABLE accounts.

Themes to be addressed include:
(1) Basic overview of ABLE (what are the basic rules regarding ABLE accounts);
(2) Eligibility (who can open an ABLE account and control the funds in an account);
(3) Qualified disability expenses (what funds in ABLE accounts may be used for);
(4) Financial literacy (educating potential ABLE account holders on key financial concepts); and
(5) Enrollment (factors to consider when choosing an ABLE program and how to enroll).

By | 2017-07-26T12:26:36+00:00 July 26th, 2017|Latest, United Spinal Updates|