Northeast Ohio Chapter of United Spinal Association

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Northeast Ohio Chapter of United Spinal Association

The Northeast Ohio Chapter of United Spinal Association operates out of the Old Brooklyn Campus of MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. Our mission is education and offer recreation opportunities for individuals with a spinal cord injury or related disability. Chapter meetings are the third Monday of every month (except December) at 6:30 PM.

Monthly Chapter meetings focus on teaching SCI members on how to live, function and manage their injury. Outside the Chapter meeting we strive to get members actively involved in the community. We attend sporting events, the Cleveland Broadway Series, sponsor members in the Cleveland Marathon and many other events. We have hand cycles and other equipment to lend and also run an equipment recycling program and have many donated pieces of used equipment free for our members.

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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