Member News

United Spinal’s 3rd Annual Roll on Capitol Hill: Wheelchair Users and Advocates Lead Charge to Strengthen Disability Rights

June 27th, 2014|

United Spinal Association and advocates from its membership division, National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA), gathered in Washington, D.C. on June 22-25 for Roll on Capitol Hill to shape policies that impact the health, independence and quality of life of people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D).

Roll on […]

Access App Only the Beginning

February 10th, 2014|

Massachusetts member Kevin McGuire has had his hand on the pulse of the disability community since he was paralyzed in a 1968 accident. He worked on accessibility issues for two prominent senators, he founded his own consulting firm dealing with accessibility compliance and he even showed famous actors like Tom […]

Chicago Member Reveca Torres: Reimagining Life in a Chair

October 1st, 2013|

Inspiration struck Chicago member Reveca Torres when she was attending a fashion show. The show was hosted by Imerman Angels, an organization dedicated to providing one-on-one peer support for cancer survivors and fighters. Torres, who has used a wheelchair since being paralyzed at 13, immediately saw the program’s applicability for […]

Need for Speed

August 13th, 2013|

All New Jersey member Marcus Culvert wants is a chance — a chance to show the world just how fast a paralyzed person can go. Culvert, 51, has been racing cars since he was 16, and now, after over 20 years of doing so with his spinal cord injury (11 […]

Advocacy in Action: Kesha Pilot of Hot Springs, Arkansas

June 10th, 2013|

After a spinal cord injury, one of the most difficult adjustments can be striking the right balance between accepting your new reality and hoping for a cure. In the 11 months since a car accident left her paralyzed from the chest down, Hot Springs resident Kesha Pilot has found that […]

Advocacy in Action: Mike Mohr of Madison, Wisconsin

May 28th, 2013|

Wisconsin NSCIA member Mike Mohr is a shining example of what each of us can accomplish when we refuse to let our disabilities define who we are.

Mohr, 31, who helped spearhead the creation of Madison-SCI, NSCIA’s chapter in Madison, Wisconsin, was spinal cord injured in a diving accident at age […]

Member Helps Protect Access to Proper Wheelchairs in WA

May 20th, 2013|

Bob Plummer, an NSCIA member from Washington State, is the perfect example of just how easy and rewarding it is to become an advocate. Plummer, a C7 incomplete quad, had been a steadfast supporter of exercise and rehab for the 20-plus years he had been in a wheelchair, but until […]

Advocacy in Action: Hector Del Valle of Central Florida

April 29th, 2013|

Hector Del Valle, president of NSCIA’s Central Florida Chapter and participant in our upcoming Roll on Capitol Hill, demonstrates that we all have the ability to overcome adversity and create positive changes in our lives and communities.

It’s been over 30 years since Del Valle was in a drinking and driving […]

Advocacy in Action: Kim Harrison of Douglasville, Georgia

April 15th, 2013|

Kim Harrison, an NSCIA member from Douglasville, Georgia and past participant in Roll on Capitol Hill, proves that each of us has the ability to be effective self-advocates and make a difference in our communities.

In October 2004, Harrison was on a business trip in Dallas, TX when she awoke in […]

NY Member George Gallego Honored with AAPD Leadership Award

March 15th, 2013|

By Dr. Rosemarie Murray

Wheels of Progress CEO & former Greater New York City NSCIA chapter leader George Gallego receives the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) 2013 Leadership Award  in Washington, D.C. on March 5th.

In 1990—after years of protest and advocacy by persons with disabilities—Congressman Tony Coelho and Senator […]