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United Spinal’s Network

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

About Our Support Groups

United Spinal Association with generous support from Hollister, Inc., 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 a spinal cord injury or disorder (SCI/D). The goal of the Spinal Network is to ensure 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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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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