United Spinal Association Iowa Chapter

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United Spinal Association Iowa Chapter

Iowa Chapter – a community of people living with spinal cord injury/disease/disorder, medical professionals, family members, and caregivers..

What we do:

  • Host annual events and programs that promote mobility, networking and socialization
    • Event examples: bowling outings, sports & recreation expo, social dinners
    • Program examples: free equipment rental, peer mentoring
  • Provide members with statewide information, pertinent to people with spinal cord injury/disease/disorder.
    • Examples: newsletter, website, facebook
  • Creating a community for people impacted by spinal cord injury/disease/disorder.
    • Examples: resource center, advocacy & outreach, peer connections, community awareness, partnering with other state organizations

Mission Statement:

Iowa Chapter of United Spinal Association is an organization connecting individuals impacted by or living with spinal cord injury. Members empower each other to access active and healthy lifestyles

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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Ask Us

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.