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NCART – National Coalition for Assistive and Rehab Technology

About NCART The National Coalition for Assistive and Rehab Technology (NCART) is an association of Complex Rehab Technology (CRT) suppliers and manufacturers focused on ensuring that individuals with significant disabilities and chronic medical conditions have access to CRT products and supporting services.

CRT products include medically necessary and individually configured manual and power wheelchairs, seating and positioning systems, and other adaptive equipment such as standing devices and gait trainers. The small population of children and adults who require CRT have significant disabilities and chronic medical conditions such as cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, ALS, multiple sclerosis, and muscular dystrophy. These individuals rely on specialized CRT products every day to meet their medical needs, minimize their health care costs, and maximize their function and independence.

Unfortunately policy changes and payment cuts within federal, state, and private health insurance programs are negatively impacting access to CRT. To protect access NCART works with consumers, clinicians, and others to provide education and advocacy to policy makers to establish and maintain appropriate CRT policies regarding coverage, product coding, supplier standards, and funding.

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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