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Benefits of Joining the North American SCI Consortium  1/10/19
Whether you’re newly spinal cord injured or have been living with spinal cord injury for years, you may notice that many organizations focus on a wide range of quality of life topics, from advocacy and research to community programs and services. How can we all unite to create a stronger voice for active change? This webinar will introduce you to the new North American SCI Consortium, the value of membership, and current projects for change, including the latest results from the Bladder & Bowel survey to understand the needs of people living with spinal cord injury. The time for change is now! Join us.

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Accessing Telehealth Services with Teladoc 11/15/18
Learn how you can have convenient and cost-effective 24/7 access to board certified doctors by web, phone or mobile app to address non-emergency, routine medical issues. When you can’t reach your primary care physician, skip the urgent aid office or the emergency room and talk to a Teladoc physician. If medically necessary, a prescription can be sent to your pharmacy. Teladoc offers both individual and family plans, each with two different pricing options to fit your budget. Teladoc’s service is not designed to treat complex, advanced, or chronic conditions associated with spinal cord injuries or disorders.

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Tax-Advantaged Savings for Individuals with Disabilities 11/08/18
Save for today’s needs or invest for tomorrow in a simple, affordable and tax-advantaged account that won’t impact certain disability benefits. ABLEnow accounts are made possible by the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, which authorized states to establish tax-advantaged ABLE savings programs. Join us to learn about ABLE accounts, the benefits of the ABLEnow program, and how to open your own ABLE account. If you’re interested in how you can achieve more independence, greater financial security and a better quality of life, you won’t want to miss this webinar. One of the fastest-growing ABLE programs in the country, ABLEnow is sponsored by the Commonwealth of Virginia and open to eligible individuals in all 50 states.
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Sharpen Your Advocacy Skills at Roll on Capitol Hill or Your Home State 6/07/18
Find out the latest on important policies that impact wheelchairs users and other people with disabilities as well as logistics related to United Spinal Association’s 7th annual Roll on Capitol Hill legislative advocacy event in Washington, DC. During this webinar our experienced policy and advocacy team will provide tips on completing a successful Capitol Hill visit with your representatives, other Members of Congress and your fellow advocates. We will also show you how to become a forceful voice for change in your own state as a grassroots advocate. Register now and join our Rolling Revolution to fight for disability rights!
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Maximizing Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation 5/31/18
This webinar will focus on comprehensive rehabilitation after spinal cord injury and highlight required care guidelines provided by a spinal cord injury medical center. It will also cover critical questions such as how long a person with a new spinal cord injury should be in inpatient rehabilitation and what minimum essential equipment should individuals have when transitioning back into communities.
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United on Wheels Podcast – Advocacy 5/7/18
In this episode of United On Wheels we’ll talk about advocacy with some movers! Your voice can make a difference.
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United on Wheels Podcast – Dating with SCI
While dating may be as easy as swiping right or left for some people, dating with a spinal cord injury adds a layer of complications that most guides can’t prepare you for. And even when you do meet that special someone, how do you make it while navigating the world of SCI? Listen on to learn how from this great panel!
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United on Wheels Podcast – Air Travel with SCI
Between broken wheelchairs, awkward aisle chairs, uncomfortable plane flights, poorly trained airport staff, there are a ton of reasons why flying as a wheelchair user can be an overwhelming prospect. But it doesn’t have to be! Listen for some advice from some very experienced wheelchair travelers.
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United on Wheels Podcast – Multiple Sclerosis Q&A  4/13/18
In this episode, New Mobility Managing Editor, Josie Byzek, joins the podcast for a conversation about living with MS. Josie was diagnosed with MS 20 years ago this past February and has been the resident MS expert for New Mobility magazine for all of her 17 years on staff. She is also a mother, a school board member and a passionate activist.
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How to Improve Air Travel for Wheelchair Users 3/29/18
United Spinal continues to hear of terrible experiences wheelchair users have with air travel. This webinar will highlight some solutions to problems wheelchair users have encountered at the airport so they can be better equipped to avoid future travel woes. Attendees will learn about important new bills in both the House and Senate that will amend The Air Carrier Access Act, which became law in 1986, and prohibits commercial airlines from discriminating against passengers with disabilities. Attendees will hear from Congressional staff handling these bills. Learn how to take back your air travel rights and about advocacy opportunities throughout the year, including Roll on Capitol Hill 2018, that will empower you to become a stronger self-advocate.
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Sexual Sustainability After SCI 2/22/18
Dr. Marcalee Alexander is known internationally in the field of Sexuality and Spinal Cord Injury. In this presentation she will provide a simple recipe for you to consider your own sexuality after SCI, what your potential is, how our unique backgrounds affect us and how our medical care may be impacting our ability for sexual satisfaction. She will also discuss issues of aging and how this impacts on all of our sexual lives.
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Save the ADA—Oppose H.R. 620! 2/1/18
H.R. 620 would badly weaken the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a critical source of rights for people with disabilities to architectural access in public accommodations—that is, businesses such as stores, restaurants, hotels.

This webinar will explain the problems with H.R. 620 and suggest routes for advocacy. We need you—so learn about this bill, and fight it! Help save the ADA!
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Adaptive Automotive Equipment Options for People with Spinal Cord Injuries 1/24/18
This webinar will highlight a range of topics pertaining to adaptive automotive equipment for personal use and information for allied health care practitioners and other stakeholders in understanding and advocating for individuals seeking automotive vehicle modification solutions. In addition, it will educate consumers and caregivers about the unique process involved in evaluating and purchasing appropriate automotive options to fit specific accessibility needs. The webinar will also provide a high-level summary of available products and solutions from the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association’s Quality Assurance Program for people with disabilities who want to drive or be transported safely.
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Air Travel Tips for Wheelchair Users 12/18/17
A roundtable discussion with United Spinal wheelchair-using staff members on an issue that impacts many people with disabilities–poor air travel experiences!
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Pooled Special Needs Trust Planning 12/06/17
A Pooled Special Needs Trust (PSNT) is a cost effective and convenient way to set aside and preserve funds for individuals with special needs. Establishing a PSNT protects eligibility for Medicaid and SSI and can be a way to manage funds for people who may not be able to manage on their own. You’ll learn about PSNT types, how they work, how the funds in the trust can be used, and how to set one up. Minimum funding requirements are as low as $5,000 and administration and investment fees are lower than you might think. Join us for this informative webinar to learn more.
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Spinal Cord Injury and Osteoporosis 11/16/17
This webinar will provide resources to learn about Osteoporosis, a brittle bone disease that is highly prevalent among people living with long-term spinal cord injury or paralysis. It will also highlight how to combat this common disease and what to do to keep your bones healthy as you age with SCI.
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Help Prevent Accessible Parking Abuse 7/19/17
This webinar will discuss the benefits of joining Parking Mobility, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community education and enforcement program designed to improve public awareness of the problem of accessible parking abuse and its impact on the health and safety of wheelchair users and other people with disabilities.
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Disabilities Integration Act and why it matters to you 5/23/17
This webinar will provide details about the Disability Integration Act, a bill that, if passed, would create an absolute right for all people with disabilities to live in the community instead of being forced into institutional settings, such as nursing homes.
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Optimizing Home Care for People with Spinal Cord Injuries and Disorders 5/18/17
This webinar will discuss case management strategies to ensure people with spinal cord injuries and disorders receive optimal care as they transition from hospitals and rehab facilities to home care setting.
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How to Get the Best Wheelchair for Your Needs 3/31/17
During this interview-style webinar we will discuss policies related to the provision of customized wheelchairs and related critical components.
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Sex Toys and Sexual Aids for Adults with SCI/D 2/21/17
This webinar provides useful information regarding sexual relations for people with SCI/D.
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Addressing Secondary Health Complications of Spinal Cord Injury Through Nutrition 2/2/17
This webinar provides useful nutritional information for people with SCI/D.
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Your Pathway to Employment-The Job Interview 1/25/17
This webinar provides strategies for answering questions that emerge from job interviews for people with SCI/D.
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Helping People with Disabilities Get the Healthcare Coverage They Need 1/18/17
View to learn about the benefits the Affordable Care Act has for people with disabilities. Along with a general overview of the resources available through the National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative (NDNRC), and much more.
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Pain and Spasticity Management Without Pills 10/13/16
This webinar will introduce the latest technology pain and spasticity management without pills.
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All You Need to Know About Direct Nerve Stimulation 7/20/16
This webinar will introduce the latest technology applications for direct nerve stimulation for both the peripheral and central nervous systems and the published research supporting or negating them. Take away what you need to know to make an informed decision.
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The Disability Integration Act & Why it Matters to You 5/24/16
This webinar will provide details about the Disability Integration Act, a new bill that, if passed, would create an absolute right for all people with disabilities to live in the community instead of being forced into institutional settings.
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Preventing Falls in Adults with Disabilities & Chronic Conditions 5/19/16
This webinar explains what works and what doesn’t work through the latest research on how to effectively prevent falls. It explores the unique challenges of fall prevention among men and women with disabilities.
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Solutions for Bowel Management 5/5/16
This webinar will cover practices, new techniques and what research is being conducting concerning bowel issues. Learn about what changes occur for people living with SCI and how to manage a bowel routine.
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Your Pathway to Employment–Benefits and Incentives for Working with Spinal Cord Injury 4/13/16
This webinar will explore various work incentive programs available to help you return to work. This is the second in a series of webinars about returning to work or entering the workforce for the first time for people with spinal cord injuries.
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How to Get the Right Wheelchair that Works for You 3/31/16
This webinar will provide an update on the status of important wheelchair legislation and policies. Participants will learn about seating and positioning clinic criteria for evaluating individuals with SCI and other conditions.
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Solutions for Bladder Management 3/16/16
This webinar is rich with resources on the latest options in managing bladder routines. The techniques you have used for years may not work anymore or maybe they don’t fit your lifestyle. Plus, your bladder changes as you age.
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Working with Spinal Cord Injury & Your Pathway to Employment 2/24/16
This webinar is the first in a series about returning to work for the first time for people with spinal cord injuries. United Spinal Association is developing some programs to support return to work for its members. In this installment we will explore the role of work in peoples’ lives.
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Five Secrets to Pleasure and Connectedness 2/3/16
This webinar will talk about pleasure, orgasm, trust, safety, connectedness, love, desire, and flirting to achieve ultimate satisfaction in your intimate relationships.
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Nutrition & Exercise Tips for Wheelchair Users 1/27/16
This webinar will give you some resources to help you get fit in 2016 including easy nutrition tricks, exercise options and technology.
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Understanding the Health Coverage Needs of People with Disabilities 1/21/16
This webinar will include the newest “Health Insurance Jeopardy” round which focuses on the population specific fact sheets the NDNRC released last year and will cover questions you need to be thinking about when assisting consumers with disabilities.
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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.

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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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