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Listing: Spinal Cord Injury Resources - SCI


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Reviewed Date

Jun 19, 2023

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Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation
Dedicated to finding treatments and cures for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury and other neurological disorders. It also works to improve the quality of life for people living with disabilities. 1-800-225-0292  Paralysis Resource Guide

National Paralysis Resource Center
Co-founded by Christopher and Dana Reeve as they struggled to find resources to help their family find a new normalcy after his spinal cord injury, the National Paralysis Resource Center is focused on the day-to-day challenges of living an independent and fulfilling life. Today, the NPRC supports the Reeve Foundation’s twin missions to provide “Today’s Care” and strive for “Tomorrow’s Cure.” 

The National Paralysis Center is a free, comprehensive, national source of informational support for people living with paralysis and their caregivers. Our primary goals are to foster involvement in the community, promote health, and improve quality of life.

Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center MSKTC - Living with SCI
The MSKTC is a national center that helps facilitate the knowledge translation process to make research meaningful to those with Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury and Burn Injury. 202-403-5600

Patient education and information handouts about spinal cord injury. | Spinal Cord Essentials
Spinal Cord Essentials has easy to understand patient education information sheets. https://www.uhn.ca/TorontoRehab/Spinal-Cord-Rehab/Spinal-Cord-Essentials

Support & Peers


The CaringBridge is a website that allows people to get updates and provide support to persons with a condition. 651-789-2300

BACKBONES – Connecting People with Spinal Cord Injury (backbonesonline.com)

CareCure Home - CareCure Forums
CareCure is an online support community that organizes spinal cord injury related forums with input from a large community of contributers.

FacingDisability.com connects families who suddenly have to deal with a spinal cord injury to people like them who have already been there.
737 N. Michigan Ave.
Suite 1560
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312-284-2525
Email: info@facingdisability.com 


GUSU2Cure - GUSU2CURE Paralysis

SCI peer information library on technology: an information resource describing the assistive technology experiences of individual with quadriplegia.

Support Groups - United Spinal Association

Spinal Cord Injury – Gun Violence Survivor Peer Support Group
This is a social/support group for people who have survived a gunshot and are now paralyzed from a spinal cord injury.  
Please request Zoom link at RSA@rochesterspinalassociation.org

Financial Assistance


Blood Brothers Foundation 
501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides financial support for vehicle modifications for individuals living with spinal cord injuries. 970-241-4656

Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation (brpf.org)
Typical charitable grants to individuals have provided home and transportation accessibility assistance to those living with mobility disabilities with preference purpose going to those living with spinal cord injury.
(262) 547-2083

The Dream2Walk Foundation – Together We Can Make A Difference
Awards scholarships to Spinal Cord Injury Patients in need of financial assistance at approved recovery based therapy facilities.
(214) 417-8466

High Fives Non-Profit Foundation
The Empowerment Fund provides resources and inspiration to those who suffer a life-altering injury such as spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, amputation or other mobility-limiting injuries that occurred in an athlete’s lifetime.
(530) 562 4270

Kelly Brush Foundation
The purpose of the individual grant program is to increase participation in adaptive sports and recreation activities and improve the quality of life for individuals living with SCI.

Travis Roy Foundation | Spinal Cord Injury Grants & Research
Enhancing the life of individuals with spinal cord injuries and their families by providing adaptive sports equipment and assistive technology. Examples of eligible items include upgrade and maintenance of wheelchairs, vehicle modifications (i.e., hand controls or lifts), small home modifications including ramp and lift installation, computers, and other adaptive equipment. i
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Triumph Foundation (triumph-foundation.org)
Equipment, supplies, and services for everyday living such as wheelchairs and adaptive equipment.
(661) 803-3700

INJURED IN NEED OF HELP (tightenthedragfoundation.org)
Improving the quality of life through sports, funding, motivation and events.

Walking With Anthony
Fundraising and scholarships to assist with the financial strains that come with a new and ongoing injury.
(213) 986-6486

United Spinal Association
United Spinal is accepting applications for COVID-19 Relief grants of $500 for individuals with spinal cord injury/disease (SCI/D) who are experiencing financial difficulty due to circumstances related to COVID-19  |  718-803-3782 Apply at https://unitedspinal.org/covid-support/ and contact askus@unitedspinal.org with any questions.


The Four Levels of Injury


Tetraplegia or Quadriplegia:
These terms generally describe the condition of a person with a spinal cord injury in the cervical region. This individual can experience a loss of feeling and/or movement in their head, neck, shoulder, arms and/or chest, stomach, hips, legs, and feet.

A general term describing the condition of a person who has lost feeling and/or is not able to move the lower parts of his/her body. The body parts that may be affected are the chest, stomach, hips, legs, and feet. Any thoracic level injury will cause paraplegia.

Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury:
When an injury is incomplete, the spinal cord’s ability to carry messages to or from the brain is not completely lost. Often some sensation and movement remains below the level of injury.

Complete Spinal Cord Injury:
In a complete spinal cord injury there is loss of sensation and motor function below the level of injury. Complete injuries are the most devastating and present with greater functional loss than an incomplete injury at a similar cord level.

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For More Information see the Shirley Ryan Abilitylab Spinal Cord Innovation Center

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