Support & Services For The Spinal Cord Injury & Disease Community

United Spinal Association

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United Spinal Association is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of all people living with a spinal cord injury or disease (SCI/D).

Accessible Taxis

Recent NYC legislation will place a one-year cap on the number of new vehicle licenses for rideshare vehicles — unless they are wheelchair accessible.

Up until now, rideshare companies have ignored the needs and rights of wheelchair users even as the City required yellow cabs to become accessible.

Keeping Transportation Accessible!

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Let's Make Life Accessible To All

Accessibility Empowers Us All!

The great strides to protect the needs of wheelchair users, paralyzed veterans, and all people with spinal cord injuries and disorders must not be forgotten, but there is still much progress to be made.


laura power



Laura Power, a United Spinal member from Pennsylvania shares her experiences joining other wheelchair users in fighting for disability rights at United Spinal’s Roll on Capitol Hill this past June in Washington, DC.

Fighting For Disability Rights

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More Than Ever Before!

Our grass roots activists from across the country accomplished more Hill visits and raised awareness of critical issues to a greater extent than ever before.

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. to promote 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).

2018 Roll on Capitol Hill

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Ian Mackay

United Spinal member Ian Mackay is a passionate advocate for greater accessibility of bike paths and multi-use trails for wheelchair users and other people living with a disability.

In 2016, Mackay rode his wheelchair across Washington State to advocate for more accessible trails for wheelchairs users.

“Maintaining and expanding national, state and city parks, while making sure that they are inclusive to all, is something I’m extremely passionate about,”

Hometown Hero

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Membership in United Spinal Association Is Free & Open To All

Become A Member

  • “Ask Us” Priority Advice and Guidance
  • Priority Veterans Benefits Counseling
  • Participate In Local Chapter Activities
  • Get Peer Support
  • Receive New Mobility Membership Magazine
  • Access The National Spinal Network

Peer Mentoring



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Advocacy & Public Policy

United Spinal is actively involved in advocating for benefits and regulations that are beneficial to paralyzed Americans and all people with disabilities. We encourage everyone to get involved and be an advocate and activist. We can and will facilitate change by joining together and speaking as one.spacer

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New Mobility Magazine

April 2016 New Mobility Cover

Our Award Winning Membership Magazine

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September 2016 New Mobility Cover


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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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.