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2019


9/12/19: Building Strong National Support For People With Spinal Cord Injuries And Disorders
United Spinal will gather over 50 affiliated chapter leaders in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 3-5 for its 7th Annual Chapter Leadership Meeting to improve the quality of life and independence of its growing membership base of people with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D).


9/10/19: New Mobility Magazine Identifies 17 Big Ideas That Could Change The World For Wheelchair Users
What are the big issues affecting wheelchair users today? What will the solutions of tomorrow be? These are the questions tackled by United Spinal Association’s New Mobility magazine in its first-ever “Big Ideas” issue.


8/14/19: James Weisman Honored For 40 Years Of Advocacy For Wheelchair Users At New York Yankees Disability Awareness Night
United Spinal president and CEO James Weisman was awarded a Certificate of Recognition from the Mayor’s Office for People With Disabilities during Disability Awareness Night at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, NY on August 12th, for his dedicated advocacy to expand disability rights and access to transportation for wheelchair users in New York City and across the country.


7/23/19: Landmark Victory To Make Every NYC Street Corner Wheelchair Accessible
United Spinal and Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York (CIDNY) today received U.S. District Court approval to move forward with their historic settlement agreement with the City of New York to vastly improve sidewalk accessibility for wheelchair users and other members of the disability community.


7/11/19: ‘Wine on Wheels’ Portland Fundraiser to Benefit United Spinal Association and Wheelchair Users Nationwide
United Spinal Association and Wheeling Forward are co-hosting Wine on Wheels in Portland, Oregon on August 1 at the Ecotrust Rooftop Terrace to raise funds to improve the quality of life and independence of wheelchair users nationwide. Wine on Wheels will bring together Portland’s finest sommeliers and serve over 75 fine wines from Oregon and beyond. The event will include exclusive tastings, locally-sourced appetizers, and a silent auction.


6/27/19: United Spinal’s 8th Annual Roll on Capitol Hill Empowers New Generation of Wheelchair Users to Lead the Charge for Disability Rights
“We often use the slogan ‘nothing about us, without us’ to drive home the point that wheelchair users are fully aware of what works and what needs to be fixed when it comes to disability policies. That’s why it’s important they have a voice and play a role in the legislative process,” said James Weisman, United Spinal’s president and CEO.


6/12/19: United Spinal Launches Disability Etiquette Public Service Campaign to Promote Inclusion of Wheelchair Users in Society
United Spinal Association today announced the launch of a new public service campaign highlighting the organization’s Disability Etiquette Booklet, which educates the public on effectively interacting with people with disabilities. The Disability Etiquette Booklet and the related public service campaign were created to erase common misconceptions about wheelchair users and ease the awkwardness that many experience when interacting with someone with a disability for the first time.


6/4/19: United Spinal’s 8th Annual Roll on Capitol Hill to Gather Record Number of New Member Advocates to Improve Disability Rights
United Spinal Association and over 100 wheelchair users from its national chapter network will gather in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, June 23rd for the 8th Annual Roll on Capitol Hill to advocate for greater disability rights, optimal healthcare and rehabilitation; accessibility of autonomous vehicles; and other legislative issues vital to the independence of people with spinal cord injury/disease (SCI/D).


5/23/19: United Spinal & Permobil Foundation Partner to Offer Life-Enhancing Wheelchair Technology Through ‘Roll Forward’ Grant
United Spinal Association and the Permobil Foundation have partnered to offer United Spinal members the opportunity to apply for a Roll Forward grant of either a Smart Drive or Active-Height seat elevator on a new Permobil Wheelchair order.


3/19/19: United Spinal & New York City Reach Landmark Agreement To Make Every Street Corner In Every Borough Accessible To People With Disabilities: U.S. District Court Judge Issues Preliminary Approval
United Spinal Association and Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York (CIDNY) have reached an historic settlement agreement with the City of New York that will vastly improve sidewalk accessibility for wheelchair users and other members of the disability community. On March 19, 2019, the Honorable Judge George B. Daniels of the Southern District of New York, issued preliminary approval of the settlement agreement, stating, “The agreement sets out a reasonable result for what should be an integral part of a first class city.”


1/16/19: United Spinal Appoints Army Veteran Danielle Corazza as Vice President of VetsFirst
United Spinal Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Danielle Corazza, an experienced military and veteran advocate, as the new vice president of its VetsFirst program, which supports veterans with disabilities in achieving the highest level of independence and quality of life.


2018


12/5/18: United Spinal Reflects on the Leadership of President George H.W. Bush in Signing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990
United Spinal Association mourns the passing of George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, who played a significant role in protecting the rights of millions of Americans living with disabilities.


11/15/18: United Spinal Issues Recommendation for Insurers to Consider Powered Exoskeleton Devices Medically Necessary for Paralyzed Individuals
ReWalk Robotics, Ltd. applauds United Spinal Association’s recommendation, dated November 9, 2018, that health insurance providers consider the use of powered exoskeleton devices as medically necessary for eligible individuals with spinal cord injuries (SCI) in both the institutional and home settings who meet the applicable Food and Drug Administration (FDA) indications for use.


10/15/18: United Spinal’s 6th Annual Chapter Leadership Meeting Advances Community Support for People with Spinal Cord Injuries and Disorders
United Spinal Association gathered key affiliated chapter representatives in Orlando, Florida, October 11-13 for its 6th annual Chapter Leadership Meeting to strengthen programs, services and outreach to people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D) nationwide.


10/2/18: United Spinal Appoints Marsha Mazz, Leading Developer of Federal Accessible Design Guidelines as Director of Accessibility Codes and Standards
United Spinal Association recently appointed to its Accessibility Services program Marsha Mazz, an experienced accessible design professional who was instrumental in the development of accessibility guidelines under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA).


9/19/18: United Spinal Focuses on Improving Rehabilitation Outcomes for Individuals Living with Spinal Cord Injuries
United Spinal Association is actively working to identify barriers to appropriate rehabilitation services that provide greater personal independence and improved quality of life for people living with spinal cord injuries.


8/28/18: United Spinal Named Beneficiary of ‘Cycle For SCI’ East Coast Bike Ride to Raise Funds for Spinal Cord Injury Supportive Care and Research
United Spinal Association has been named a beneficiary of the Cycle For SCI fundraiser created by Ciara O’Sullivan and Larissa Clifford, who are bicycling from New York City to Orlando, Florida beginning in September to help improve the lives of individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI).


6/29/18: United Spinal’s 7th Annual “Roll on Capitol Hill” Gathers Record Number of Wheelchair Users & Disability Advocates in D.C.
United Spinal Association and over 120 wheelchair user members, clinicians, partners and other disability advocates from 33 states plus Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, gathered in Washington, D.C. on June 24-27 for the 7th Annual Roll on Capitol Hill to highlight greater access to quality affordable healthcare, community integration, disability rights, assistive and rehab technology, veterans benefits and air travel protections vital to people with spinal cord injury/disease (SCI/D).


6/19/18: United Spinal to Host Arkansas Disability Advocate Cheri Arnold for “Roll on Capitol Hill” in D.C.
United Spinal Association will host Cheri Arnold from Arkansas at its 7th Annual Roll on Capitol Hill (ROCH), June 24-27 in Washington, D.C., along with other prominent disability advocates, to speak directly with legislators on issues that affect the independence and quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries/disorders (SCI/D) and other pre-existing conditions.


5/24/18: United Spinal to Host Ian Mackay, Washington State Disability Advocate for “Roll on Capitol Hill” in D.C.
United Spinal Association will host Ian Mackay from Washington State, at its 7th Annual Roll on Capitol Hill, June 24-27 in Washington, D.C., along with other prominent disability advocates, to speak directly with legislators on issues that affect the independence and quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries and disorders and other pre-existing conditions.


4/19/18: United Spinal to Host Frances M. Ozur Cole, New Mexico Disability Advocate for “Roll on Capitol Hill” in D.C.
United Spinal Association will host Frances M. Ozur Cole from Albuquerque, New Mexico, at its 7th Annual Roll on Capitol Hill, June 24-27 in Washington, D.C., along with other prominent disability advocates, to speak directly with legislators on issues that affect the independence and quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries and disorders and other pre-existing conditions.


3/27/18: United Spinal to Host Megan Hammond, Ohio Spinal Cord Injury Research Assistant and Former Wooster City Schools Teacher for “Roll on Capitol Hill” in D.C.
United Spinal Association will host Megan Hammond from Wooster, Ohio at its 7th Annual Roll on Capitol Hill, June 24-27 in Washington, D.C., along with other prominent disability advocates, to speak directly with legislators on issues that affect the independence and quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D) and other pre-existing conditions.


2/13/18: United Spinal Appoints New National Chapter Liaison
United Spinal appoints Richard Hayden, a disability advocate and president of its Southern California Chapter, as National Chapter Liaison to lead the organization’s 50-plus chapters in helping people with disabilities discover new paths to independence.


1/23/18: United Spinal Hosts Inaugural ‘Roll on Arizona’s Capitol’ to Advocate for Disability Rights
United Spinal’s Arizona chapter gathered for an inaugural ‘Roll on Arizona’s Capitol’ at the Arizona State Capitol Rose Gardens on January 22, 2018 to advocate for progressive legislation that benefits wheelchair users and all people living with disabilities.


2017


12/08/17United Spinal to Provide People with Disabilities in Puerto Rico Disaster Relief and Essential Supplies During Holiday Season
United Spinal will be sending a delegation to Puerto Rico to provide disaster relief from Hurricane Maria to wheelchair users and other people with disabilities so they can regain their independence and quality of life.


11/08/17: Coca-Cola Increases Support of U.S. Military Veterans and Their Families
The Coca-Cola Foundation awards more than $1 million in grants to organizations providing veterans’ transition services including United’s Spinal VetsFirst program.


07/06/17: United Spinal Secures Decision for Wheelchair User Complaint Against Statue of Liberty Ferry
A New York District Court decision will permit David Heard, a power wheelchair user and member of United Spinal, to continue to pursue legal action against Statue Cruises, LLC. for allegedly discriminating against him on the basis of his disability.


6/23/17: United Spinal’s VetsFirst Applauds Passage of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act
United Spinal’s VetsFirst program praises the passage of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act that was signed into law today by President Trump.


6/15/17: United Spinal’s 6th Annual “Roll on Capitol Hill” Gathers Wheelchair Users to Advocate for Veterans and People Living with Spinal Cord Injuries/Disorders
Over 150 wheelchair users, clinicians, partners and disability advocates from 35 states, gathered in Washington, D.C. on June 11-14 for the 6th Annual Roll on Capitol Hill to discuss improving disability policies with key congressional leaders.


5/8/17United Spinal Statement on House Passage of the American Health Care Act: Disability Community to Hold Senate Accountable
United Spinal condemned the House passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) that will seriously hurt the health, independence and quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D) and other pre-existing conditions.


3/28/17United Spinal Publishes Free Accessible Air Travel Guide for People with Disabilities
United Spinal’s Accessible Air Travel Booklet provides people who use wheelchairs and other mobility aids with all the information they need to have a safe and enjoyable flight.


2/23/17: United Spinal Association and the 9th Annual ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival Co-Presenting ‘The Rebound’ at JCC Manhattan
United Spinal and the 9th Annual ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival will be co-presenting ‘The Rebound’, a documentary film about the Miami Heat Wheels wheelchair basketball team as they chase a championship.


2016


2/23/16: United Spinal’s #GivingTuesday Strengthens Wheelchair Users and All People with Disabilities: So Many Ways to Give
United Spinal, the single, largest membership organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with spinal cord injuries and diseases (SCI/D) nationwide, celebrates #GivingTuesday — the day dedicated to giving back to communities and causes we value.


9/20/16: United Spinal Named Beneficiary of ‘Ride with Ian’ Cross-Continent Bike Trek to Raise Spinal Cord Injury Awareness and Funds
United Spinal has been named beneficiary of the Ride with Ian Cross-Continent Bike Trek and will receive 100 percent of the profits raised by Ian Andersen, who is cycling 20,000 miles from Alaska to Argentina to increase awareness, help veterans, and fund rehabilitation.


9/1/16: United Spinal’s VP of Accessibility Services, Dominic Marinelli, Appointed to New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council by Governor Cuomo
Dominic Marinelli, VP of Accessibility Services, has been appointed to the New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council by Governor Cuomo with the advice and consent of the Senate.


6/29/16: United Spinal’s 5th Annual Roll on Capitol Hill Gathers Wheelchair Users to Advocate for Veterans and People Living with Spinal Cord Injuries/Disorders
Over 150 wheelchair users, clinicians, partners and disability advocates from 33 states, plus Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, gathered in Washington, D.C. on June 26-29 for the 5th Annual Roll on Capitol Hill to discuss improving disability policies with key congressional leaders.


6/14/16: United Spinal Association Joins Forces to Create the National Spasticity Alliance
United Spinal is joining with National Stroke Association and three other advocacy groups to raise awareness about spasticity and help people living with spasticity to resume normal daily activities.


5/10/16: United Spinal to Exhibit at 30th Annual CMSC Meeting: Latest in Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis, Treatment, & Research
United Spinal is exhibiting at the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers’ (CMSC) 30th Annual Meeting, which will be held June 1-4, 2016 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD.


4/7/16: United Spinal & New York City Reach Settlement on Curb Ramp Installation & Upkeep
United Spinal and New York City have agreed to expand a ground-breaking 2002 settlement in a class action lawsuit that requires the City to install and upgrade wheelchair curb ramps at all of its street corners.