Created in January of 2013, the Rhode Island Chapter of the United Spinal Association was created to improve the lives and opportunities for people with a spinal cord injury by creating support services for them and for those responsible for treating or caring for them.
The Rhode Island Chapter will also develop programs and services aimed at educating the public and media regarding the needs of spinal cord injury patients, and advocating for patient rights that improve opportunities for spinal voice injury patients.
In addition to the entire State of Rhode Island, the Chapter will serve Southeastern Massachusetts and Eastern Connecticut. It will service those with the following disabilities or conditions:
Spinal cord injury
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Wheelchair related injuries or diseases
Early chapter programs and services will focus on education and information, peer support and networking, and advocacy. Through development and input from these programs along with discussions with patients and members of the spinal cord injury treatment and support community, we will identify problems, issues and needs, and develop programs and services to best deal with them.