New Beginning BackPack. Tools and resources for life after spinal cord injury.


United Spinal Association’s New Beginning BackPack Program

Most people are universally unprepared for the unique challenges of living with a new spinal cord injury or disorder (SCI/D). That’s why it’s vital to reach these individuals, their family members and caregivers with the proper support as quickly as possible. United Spinal Association’s “New Beginning” backpack program achieves just that. “New Beginning” is a nationwide initiative that empowers people with tools and resources to adapt to life after SCI/D, regain their independence and conquer hurdles on the horizon.

These valuable backpacks are distributed through United Spinal Association’s national network of chapters and peer support groups, plus our Hospital Members. The backpack contains a variety of consumer information for people newly injured or diagnosed with SCI/D––such as finding quality healthcare, employment and educational opportunities; choosing the proper mobility equipment and home modifications; and locating peer support groups.

The “New Beginning” backpack also contains educational and product information provided by sponsors––organized in a durable, attractive file folder with partitions for the person living with SCI/D to use to organize resources they will need as they journey toward their “new beginning.”

The New Beginning Backpacks contain valuable information ion a variety of topics important to individuals recovering from SCI/D, as well as their family members and caregivers, including:

• Accessible Transportation
• Advocacy
• Caregiver Resources
• Health & Wellness
• Home Modifications & Housing
• Recreation
• Rehabilitation & Recovery
• State & Local Resources
• Medical Supplies
• Member Benefits
• Wheelchairs & Mobility Equipment

New Beginning BackPack Sponsors








Sponsorship Opportunities

As a “New Beginning” Backpack sponsor, you will help United Spinal Association improve the quality of life of people living with SCI/D across the country. In addition to contributing to our mission, you will reach interested consumers, caregivers and social service professionals with your company’s brand, product, service and message.

For more information about sponsoring the New Beginning Backpack Initiative, please contact Megan Lee, National Sales Director, United Spinal Association at 718-803-3782 ext.7253 or