Our mission is to improve the quality of life of all people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D).
We provide active-lifestyle information, peer support and advocacy that empower individuals to achieve their highest potential in all facets of life.
National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA) was founded in 1948 to improve the lives of all paralyzed Americans.
Today, NSCIA is the membership division of United Spinal Association, the largest national non-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c)(3) dedicated to protecting the rights of people with SCI/D through initiatives in advocacy and civil rights; government policy and legislation; disability travel; accessible building and universal design; publications; research and education; and wheelchair and assistive technology.
NSCIA is the portal through which individuals and organizations can be involved in our organization. We are a lifeline for those that are focused on regaining their independence and improving their quality of life––whether they are leaving rehab after recovering from a spinal cord injury, learning to live with symptoms of a spinal cord disorder, or have spent years of frustration coping with disability.
NSCIA connects people living with SCI/D across the country. Countless members benefit from the experience of others who have lived through similar challenges–and many remain involved to share their knowledge and experience with people new to our community.
Our local affiliates offer a variety of activities right in your community, including wheelchair sports, film screenings, fashion shows, fundraising, community service, just to name a few.
Chapters work with officials and agencies on the local and national levels to develop, promote and replicate best practice programs and services.
Chapters also provide opportunities to be part of community-based advocates, serving as expert resources for the improvement of access, affordable housing, transportation, employment, independent living, education, peer support, and leisure time activities for people with SCI/D.