Adjusting To SCI/D
Assistance in making the adjustment after sustaining a spinal cord inury or disease
Learn how to direct one's own life with skills that can support or promote a particular cause, effect change and achieve best outcomes.
Assistive equipment of all types, assistive technology, and devices that enhance the activities of daily living for people with spinal cord injury or disorder.....
Information and resources for caregivers.
Information about employment rights, preparing your resume, interview tips, job banks to look for your next job, federal and state employment resources.
Information about supplemental security income (SSI) social security disability insurance program (SSDI), Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans Benefits and Victim Crime Compensation Boards.
Fire Safety for Wheelchair Users
Important tips for wheelchair users to handle situations before and during a fire, and to address fire prevention within homes. The tips are a model that can be modified and adjusted to fit the varying types of homes and structures.
Health & Wellness after SCI
Includes information specific to unique health care needs of the person living with SDI/D; discusses resources for persons living with disc disease and other back & spine conditions.
Information about paying for home modifications, accessible home design and how to become your own self-advocate requesting modifications.
Information about housing laws, design and technical advice for people with disabilities, public housing and housing assistance.
Types and sources of insurance featuring but not limited to health insurance.
Check here for resources relating to spinal cord injuries or disorders in more rural settings.
Sports, Recreation & Fitness
General information about adaptive sports and recreation as well as resources available for people with disabilities.
State & Local Resources
State resource pages include United Spinal Association Chapters, local SCI/D support groups. Model System and CARF-accredited rehab facilities, Centers for Independent Living, State programs and much more!
UsersFirst Mobility Map
This knowledge book is designed to help you find answers to common questions about getting a wheelchair. Each chapter guides you step-by-step through the path of getting a wheelchair.
The Spinal Cord Central Video Room is currently a “screening room” for videos of particular interest to our members and the SCI/D community. Many subject area videos accompany their respective subject area materials and are reached as 'related pages' from the Video Room. This resource is made possible in part thanks to a grant from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation.
Check here for a variety of spinal cord injury or disorder-related issues that are unique for women including pregnancy, breastfeeding, maternal health, menopause, health related issues of heart disease, osteoporosis and breast health.
Veterans Guide to VA Benefits
A guide for veterans, their family members and those assisting them to successfully apply for benefits from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs ("VA").
Military Separation Guide for Active Duty Personnel
It’s never too early to begin preparations for your separation from active military service. The Department of Defense (DoD) recommends that you start your planning at least 12 months prior to separation, and 24 months prior to retirement, from active duty. Start here!
Veterans Guide to VA Claim Filing
Not a guide for the faint of heart or for those operating heavy machinery. This guide to veterans benefits provides the detailed knowledge requisite to advocate for VA compensation and pension benefits.
VA Commonly Used Forms
The Knowledge Book contains the most commonly used forms for obtaining various types of veterans benefits or services.
VA Spinal Cord Injury System
The VA runs a specialized nationwide system of care devoted to veterans with spinal cord injuries. Known simply as the "SCI Service", the VA operates this system using the policies and procedures found in VA Handbook 1176.1.
Veterans seeking service from the SCI Service can gain an understanding of the policies and procedures governing the SCI Service in this handbook. Additionally, if necessary, veterans and their advocates can gain useful insights about the SCI Service and the way they operate.
VA Prosthetics Handbooks provide local VA staff with guidance on how to run the prosthetics program. Within these handbooks, veterans and advocates can find useful information to understand local policies and procedures, as well as to challenge adverse decisions.
This series deals specifically with the provision of various prosthetics, orthotics and durable medical equipment through the Veteran Health Administration's Prosthetics and Sensory Aids Service ("Prosthetics") or PSAS.
Prosthetics provides devices to eligible veterans for use outside of VA medical centers or facilities.
Additional information can be found at the <a href="http://www.prosthetics.va.gov" target="_blank">VA Prosthetics Website</a>.