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Upcoming Webinars:

Adaptive Automotive Equipment Options for People with Spinal Cord Injuries
Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 | 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM EST

WEBINAR ARCHIVE

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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Older Webinars

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.