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Mission Statement

United Spinal Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization. Our mission is to provide expertise, create access to resources and strengthen hope thereby enabling people with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D) to fulfill their potential as active members of their communities. We accomplish our mission by:

  • Ensuring quality health care
  • Promoting research
  • Advocating for civil rights and independence
  • Educating the public and enlisting its help
  • Expanding opportunities for all paralyzed Americans


Some of Our Accomplishments

United Spinal advocated for and drafted significant provisions of landmark federal legislation including:

  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The Fair Housing Amendments Act
  • The Air Carrier Access Act
  • VA benefits for veterans with spinal cord disabilities, and veteran dependents with spina bifida
  • VA disability benefits for injured veterans returning from conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

How We Achieve Our Goals

United Spinal enhances the lives of its members through its service and program offerings in:

  • Counseling
  • Referrals and service identification and location
  • Wheelchair and assistive technology consultation
  • Veterans Services
  • Sports and recreational opportunities
  • Peer coaching
  • Health and benefits information
  • Self-advocacy coaching and support
  • Disaster assistance

United Spinal supports vital research and education by:

  • Providing over $52 million for cutting-edge spinal cord research
  • Launching and supporting two of the most prominent research facilities in the nation
  • Sponsoring the nationĂ¢ s premiere Spinal Cord Medicine and Health Conference
  • Supporting three national organizations for SCI healthcare professionals
  • Offering lectures, training programs, and seminars
  • Publishing high impact, informative journals and publications

United Spinal facilitates social and regulatory change by:

  • Advocating at the national, state and local levels
  • Participating in action coalitions and groups
  • Educating the public through outreach, campaigns, and publications
  • Giving expert testimony at governmental hearings and inquiries
  • Providing our 60 years of experience to numerous advocacy endeavors
  • Supporting the goals, ambitions, and desires of our members and the disability community



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