Spinal Network

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About Spinal Network

United Spinal Association, The Buoniconti Fund, and Spinal Network affiliates continue to work together to bring the very best resources and peer support to people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D).
The Spinal Network is established through a partnership between The Buoniconti Fund, United Spinal Association, and generous support from Founding Corporate Sponsor Hollister, Inc.––a world leader in urological products.

About Spinal Network Support Groups

United 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.

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

United Spinal chapters are self-dependent organizations that share the goals of United Spinal and Spinal Network. They support these goals within a specified geographical region. They support the spinal cord injury/disease community in many different ways – by promoting health and well being, promoting inclusion and independence, organizing local events and projects, advocating for rights and accessibility, and offering information and support to their chapter communities.

You can view the Chapter Directory to find your nearest chapter. New chapters are added regularly so please check back regularly.

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Hospital Members play an important role in the lives of persons with a spinal cord injury or disorder. From acute care and rehab, to transitioning back into the community, to maintaining health and well being on an ongoing basis. Many Hospital Members are affiliated with Spinal Network and provide support group services.

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About The Spinal Network

United Spinal Association and The Buoniconti Fund continue to work together to bring the very best resources and peer support to people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D).

In 2013, the organizations teamed up to create the Spinal Network to address the need for improved coordination between peer support groups in cities and towns across the country in sharing vital resources and helping people with SCI/D maintain their independence and quality of life.

Since then, the Spinal Network has made great progress in assisting people living with SCI/D who are transitioning from rehab back into their communities.

About the Spinal Network
The Spinal Network is established through a partnership between The Buoniconti Fund; United Spinal Association; and tremendous support from Founding Corporate Sponsor Hollister, Inc.––a world leader in urological products.

The Spinal Network offers grant opportunities, which are available to all support groups in the SCI/D community in the United States. Grants are awarded bi-annually to groups who meet specific criteria. Additional micro-grants are awarded bi-annually based upon available funding and encourage program innovation and outreach efforts to people newly affected by SCI/D.

What the Spinal Network Achieves

The Spinal Network is composed of peer support groups and United Spinal Association chapter affiliates that work together to set higher standards in assisting people living with SCI/D.

The network provides peer-to-peer support to persons with SCI/D, caregivers, and family members and shares guidance on all facets of living with SCI/D, including employment; affordable housing; transportation; health care; home- and community-based independent living; education; and leisure and recreation.

The Spinal Network has achieved this important goal by offering extensive tools and training to peer support group leaders that ensure they can effectively assist and empower their members to discover active and rewarding lives.

The Spinal Network is also supported by United Spinal Association’s comprehensive SCI/D Resource Center and its 45-plus national chapters–– which promote health, inclusion and independence; organize local events and projects; advocate for rights and accessibility; and offer information and support to their chapter communities.

“The Spinal Network will help bridge that gap between people living with SCI/D and their community so they are able to not only return home, but gain a new understanding and outlook on life,” said Marc A. Buoniconti, president of The Buoniconti Fund and one of the founding members of the Spinal Network.

Grant opportunities are available to all support groups in the spinal cord injury/disorder (SCI/D) community in the United States. Grants are awarded bi-annually (December & June) for prompt implementation (January & July). Primary consideration will be given to proposals that:

  • Reward or promote independence in the community
  • Meet at regular intervals and in fully-accessible venues
  • Make significant effort to encourage active participation by people newly affected by SCI/D
  • Supplement or enrich independent living skills and/or psychosocial adjustment to SCI/D
  • Have measurable results
  • Demonstrate creativity and innovativeness

A grant selection committee will be formed consisting of equal numbers of appointees designated by the executive leaderships of United Spinal Association and The Buoniconti Fund. The Selection Committee will meet bi-annually (December & June) in person or via teleconference to evaluate grant applications based upon a standardized rubric and make award decisions. Each representative will have an equal vote. In the event of a tie, the deciding vote will be cast by the chief executive officer of United Spinal Association, who shall also chair the Selection Committee.

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Spinal Network Updates
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March, 2015
United Spinal Association and The Buoniconti Fund recently 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