Assistive Technology

Any Old Wheelchair Doesn’t Work for Me

May 31st, 2012|

Hello fellow rollers and advocates! My name is Jennifer Wolff. I’m an occupational therapist and survivor of an ependymoma (tumor inside the spinal cord from T7-L2). My injury is around T10. After the first surgery in 2003, I had an incomplete injury and with lots of physical therapy/pool […]

Separate Benefit Category for Complex Rehab Urgently Needed

May 9th, 2012|

As part of our upcoming Roll on Capitol Hill event in Washington, DC on June 25-26, United Spinal Association and NSCIA are urging policymakers to support a separate benefit category for complex rehab technology proposed in the Ensuring Access to Quality Complex Rehabilitation Technology Act of 2012 introduced by Rep. […]

A 40-Year Love Affair with Assistive Technology

March 26th, 2012|

It’s amazing how time flies! Forty years since a young streetwise punk strolled into an assistive technology center and had his first encounter with people with spinal cord injuries (SCI).

Hell, I had seen and met SCI before then but didn’t know it. On the streets of NYC back then they […]

Mobility Map: On-line Tool for Wheelchair Consumers

February 29th, 2012|

United Spinal Association’s UsersFirst program recently launched Mobility Map, the only web-based tool of its kind to help consumers navigate the often confusing and complicated process of purchasing the proper wheelchair and mobility equipment.

The Mobility Map provides people with disabilities guidance in getting wheelchairs and other mobility equipment that meets […]

New Video Highlights Benefits of Complex Rehab Technology

January 26th, 2012|

The real world benefits of matching people with mobility equipment that meets their unique needs.

So what exactly is complex rehab technology?

Basically, it includes mobility devices such as manual and power wheelchairs that are professionally tailored to fit a person’s medical and functional needs.

No matter what disability someone may live with, […]

United Spinal Opposes CMS Demonstration Project for Pre-Approval of Power Mobility Devices

December 14th, 2011|

On November 15th, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a widespread, three-year demonstration project that would, effective January 2012, require “prior authorization” for approval of power mobility devices for Medicare beneficiaries in seven states –– California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, New York, North Carolina and Texas in which […]