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.

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.
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Each year, United Spinal Association hosts a number of exciting, one-of-a-kind events. These events provide an opportunity for people with disabilities to discover new and healthier lifestyles, interact/engage with the best minds in the disability community, and to learn more about our organization. These events are free and open to the public.

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2012 Events

From Within – Annual Conference for Women with Disabilities – Marriott Marquis Hotel
United Spinal’s Women Without Limits program teams up with Independence Care System (ICS) to present a conference program on self-esteem, self-awareness, and self-empowerment for women living with spinal cord injuries and other disabilities. You won’t find another event that provides this much useful information on issues facing women with disabilities.
New York City, NY
Saturday, May 19th: 9am – 5pm
Roll On Capitol Hill (ROCH) – Mayflower Renaissance Hotel
A conference and advocacy opportunity to address major policy and legislative issues that impact the health, quality of life and independence of Americans with spinal cord injuries or disorders (SCI/D) with Congressional leaders.
Washington, DC
Monday, June 25th AND Tuesday, June 26th
8th Annual Kids Sports Spectacular – Wells Fargo Center
KSS will take place at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Continuing its tradition of offering educational sports and recreation opportunities that leave lasting, positive effects on participants and their families. This is an opportunity for young boys and girls to participate in sports-related activities that are fun, teach the value of teamwork, and build confidence and self-esteem.
Philadelphia, PA
Saturday, August 11th(tent.): 10am-3pm
Independence Expo – ORLANDO – Marriott World Center
Explore your abilities! And there is more to explore than ever before including information on the latest treatment strategies, adaptive equipment, lifestyle-enhancing information, therapeutic breakthroughs, community services, as well as a full line-up of consumer sessions.
Orlando, FL
Friday, August 24th: 10am -4pm AND Saturday, August 25th: 11am-4pm