With the merging of National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA) and United Spinal Association, the addition of New Mobility magazine and the even more recent addition of the UsersFirst program — our community is surely growing.
Today, NSCIA is the membership program of United Spinal Association, now the largest nonprofit membership-based organization dedicated to helping people living with spinal cord injuries or disorders (SCI/D) across the country. You are part of a growing, vibrant community, and have access to a wide array of resources.We are in the strongest position in our history to fulfill our mission of empowering all Americans living with SCI/D to achieve the highest possible quality of life.
NSCIA and United Spinal were both built on strong foundations — never losing sight of our founders’ efforts to communicate the voice of the disability community and to transform the public’s perception of wheelchair users. We are committed to retaining the rich heritage and history of both organizations, while growing and adapting to meet the future needs of all Americans living with SCI/D.
Whether you got to this point as a member of United Spinal Association or NSCIA, or through a program like VetsFirst or UsersFirst, you are now part of a combined 35,000-plus membership base that includes individuals of all ages and backgrounds who are driven, independent and active participants in our society.
Now members who have been part of United Spinal and VetsFirst can invite their family members, caregivers and professional contacts to join NSCIA, which has a broader membership. Among the benefits is the ability to now connect with NSCIA’s more than 60 local chapters and support groups.
Those who were already part of NSCIA now have access to a range of new programs and services. United Spinal’s in-house travel agency, Able to Travel, meets the accessibility needs of business and leisure travelers with disabilities — including air travel, transportation, cruises, tours and excursions, hotel accommodations and access to vital medical equipment.
People with disabilities have historically had limited freedom when choosing equipment critical to their quality of life and independence due to government and health insurance company restrictions. UsersFirst advocates for improved access to seating and mobility equipment and denounces the long-established “one-size-fits-all” mentality when it comes to the selection of wheelchairs and other mobility devices.
Members who are veterans can now access United Spinal’s VetsFirst program, which advocates for all generations of veterans, including individuals living with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries. VetsFirst’s network of National Service Officers provides free assistance, resources and representation for veterans struggling to navigate the intricate and often confusing Veterans Affairs claims process. The program supports more than 2,000 veterans annually through its call center and online help desk.
Members will receive priority access to information, resources and personal support at www.spinalcordcentral.org, including ongoing updates on member programs and benefits.
We are a membership-driven organization and serving our membership is the force behind everything we do. We look forward to hearing from you and helping make your membership an effective source of information, support and advocacy.