Support Groups

NSCIA Support Groups provide peer to peer support for individuals, friends and family members. Our list of affiliated support groups is constantly growing so please check back if you can’t find one in your area.

About Support Groups
In a support group, members provide each other with various types of help for shared purposes. The help can take the form of providing and evaluating relevant information, relating personal experiences, listening to and accepting others’ experiences, educating and guiding, or for providing sympathetic understanding and establishing social networks. Support Groups may each have their own way of accomplishing their mission but all of them share the same goal of improving the lives of participants.

About Spinal Network
spinal-network-logoUnited Spinal Association and The Buoniconti Fund have teamed up to create a national network of peer support groups called the “Spinal Network” to set higher standards in assisting people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D). The goal of the Spinal Network is to ensure more peer support groups in cities and towns across the United States are connected to the very best resources to help people with SCI/D maintain independent and active lifestyles. Please visit the Spinal Network website to learn more.

*Support groups listed below with the “Spinal Network” logo are past grant recipients.

Florida

Duval
This support group provides a unique opportunity for the patient to interact and form personal connections with people facing similar challenges.
Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital, 1st Floor Gym
3599 University Blvd. South
Jacksonville, Florida 32216
Kristen Ellison, Clinical Psychologist, Spinal Cord Injury Program
(904) 345-7238
kristen.ellison@brooksrehab.org
This support group provides a unique opportunity for the patient to interact and form personal connections with people facing similar challenges. Not only can our patients be inspired by others, but they themselves are in a position to be inspiring.

Scheduled Meetings: Last Thursday of each month, 6:00-7:30PM
Yes
Broward
A spinal cord injury support group in Sunrise, FL.
10199 N W 44th St
Sunrise, Florida, 33351
Peggy Domitz
(954) 471-8844
cheffouru@bellsouth.net
Group Meets 1st Tuesday of each month at 4:30pm-7:30pm. Call or Email Peggy for more information.
Palm Beach
A peer support group whose primary mission is to organize and lead sports and active recreational opportunities for individuals who use wheelchairs or other assistive equipment for mobility
Therapeutic Recreation Complex
2728 Lake Worth Rd.
Lake Worth, FL 33461
Stacy Staebell
561-966-7021
EndlessPossibilitiesFL@yahoo.com
EPFLA is a peer support group whose primary mission is to organize and lead sports and active recreational opportunities for individuals who use wheelchairs or other assistive equipment for mobility. This group wants to ensure that there are more opportunities for this population to be physically active in group settings and maintain and/or improve health. The group also provides peer support, raises money for specialized sports equipment, and promotes community awareness of disability.

Group meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 5:30-7:30pm.
Yes
Orange
Their mission is to serve the needs of SCIs in employment, adaptive sports, recreation, social functions, networking, outreach, SCI prevention, and guest speakers for the group and the community.
Orlando Health Rehabilitation Institute
100 West Gore Street, Ste 104
Orlando, FL 32806
Bob Melia
407-900-6724
contact@goscin.com
The Greater Orlando Spinal Cord Injury Network is a non-profit group for persons with SCI in the Orlando area. Their mission is to serve the needs of SCIs in employment, adaptive sports, recreation, social functions, networking, outreach, SCI prevention, and guest speakers for the group and the community. Visit their website at www.goscin.com to join their mailing list and to find out more.

Meetings are held at different locations.
Sarasota SCI Group
Sarasota
Spinal cord injury support group held in Sarasota, FL.
HealthSouth Rehab Sarasota
6400 Edgelake Drive
Sarasota, Florida, 34240
Anita Gerbig
941-921-8600
anita.gerbig@healthsouth.com
Spinal cord injury support group held in Sarasota, FL.

Assistants: John Berkey 941-840-8586
Kenny Langford 941-266-5484

Meets every third Thursday of each month at 6:00pm in the dining room.

Visit website  for directions.
SCI Support Group
Brevard
Support group for individuals with spinal cord injury.
HealthSouth Sea Pines Rehab Hospital
101 E. Florida Ave
Melbourne, FL 32901
Laura Leitz MS, MPT
2321-984-4600, ext 588
laura.leitz@healthsouth.com
Group normally meet once a month on the 4th Wednesday of the month at Sea Pines at 4:30pm. Anyone who needs further information please contact Laura.
Duval
Spinal Cord Injury support group for people in Jacksonville, FL.
Shands Jacksonville (Tower II, 1st floor Blue Room)
655 West Eigth Street
Jacksonville, FL 32209
Alvin King
904-244-4427
Alvin.King@jax.ufl.edu
Spinal Cord Injury support group for people in Jacksonville, FL. Group meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month from noon-1pm.
Broward
Survivors of spinal cord injury, as well as family members, are welcome to these meetings, which include group discussions, information about spinal cord injury and general support.
Memorial South
3600 Washington St.
Hollywood, FL 33021
Debbie Rice
(954) 987-2020 Ext. 2181
drice@mhs.net
Survivors of spinal cord injury, as well as family members, are welcome to these meetings, which include group discussions, information about spinal cord injury and general support. Meets the third Wednesday of each month at 5:30pm.
Lee
Lee Memorial Hospital
2776 Cleveland Ave
Ft. Myers, Florida 33901
Kathy Wecher
239-343-2561
kathleen.wecher@leememorial.org
Spinal cord injury support group held in Ft. Myers, FL.  Peer support group and informational meeting for people with a spinal cord injury.  Group hopes to become an internet support group that will meet in person a few times a year and also over the internet.

We are meeting the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:30PM at Lee Memorial Hospital.
Yes
Pinellas
SCI support group that coordinates recreational outings, sports, and social gatherings in addition to their monthly meetings.
Fraternal Order of Eagles
3451 63rd Ave. N
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
Lee Hardin
727-787-8243
leehardin@verizon.net
SCION meets the second Thursday of the month at 5:00pm. The group coordinates recreational outings, sports, and social gatherings in addition to their monthly meetings. Email rac@custom-mobility.com to be added to SCION's email mailing list.