As we approach the New Year, United Spinal Association and NSCIA would like to thank you for making 2013 a year to remember!
With nearly 40,000 members, 44 regional chapters, 101 hospital members and 170 support groups nationwide, your contributions have helped make us the largest non-profit membership organization dedicated to assisting people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D).
Thanks to you, we helped thousands of wheelchair-users, veterans, and people with multiple sclerosis and other spinal cord disorders overcome the daily challenges of living with a disability each year and discover new paths to independence and empowerment. We also extend our support to those most important in their lives–– their family members and caregivers.
In this uncertain economic time, we count on your support – now more than ever. We exist to serve you, your loved ones, and the SCI/D community – to provide educational resources, support, advocacy.
Here is some of the work we’ve accomplished this past year.
With your support we were able to expand our chapter and peer support base to assist more people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders than ever before. We also continued to advance public policies that lead to greater civil rights and independence for wheelchair users.
You helped us to distribute nearly 3,000 New Beginning Backpacks to individuals with spinal cord injuries or onset of disease, thereby providing them with the tools and support to begin their journey to achieve their goals.
We fought hard to improve the rights of veterans living with disabilities and help them transition back into their communities. And we appointed a Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee (MSAC) to help offer people living with SCI/D the very best resources to improve their independence and quality of life.
We offered one-on-one guidance on SCI/D, wheelchairs and assistive technology and veterans benefits to over 5,500 individuals through our online help desks.
We trained TSA specialists from across the country in assisting air travelers with disabilities and provided expert consultation on state/local accessibility requirements to ensure our built environment is accessible to all.
While we are proud of all of our accomplishments, there is still a great deal of work ahead, so we hope we can count on your continued support of our critically important programs and initiatives.
Thank for your generosity. We’d like to wish you and your family health, happiness and prosperity during the Holiday Season and the New Year.