Rhode Island Chapter of United Spinal Association

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Rhode Island Chapter of United Spinal Association

Rhode Island Chapter of United Spinal Association

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Phone Number 401-454-1800
Location Location: Providence, Rhode Island
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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
Multiple sclerosis
Polio
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Spina Bifida
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.

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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