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Feds Pony-Up $14.8 Mill for Employment

Feds Pony-Up $14.8 Mill for Employment

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced $14,837,785 in grants to six states to improve employment opportunities for adults and youth with disabilities. The grants to California, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota and South Dakota are being awarded as part of the Disability Employment Initiative, funded by the department’s Employment and Training Administration […]

Continuing the Legacy of Terry Moakley

Continuing the Legacy of Terry Moakley

Terence J. Moakley (“Terry” to all who knew him), United Spinal and Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association (EPVA) president, employee and board member, passed away on Sept. 5, 2014. He was 69 years old. Terry graduated from St. John’s with a bachelors in English at the height of the Vietnam War. He knew the Army would […]

2014 Roll on Capitol Hill Best Yet

2014 Roll on Capitol Hill Best Yet

NEW YORK, N.Y. – United Spinal Association and advocates from its membership division, National Spinal Cord Injury Association, gathered in Washington, D.C., on June 22-25 for Roll on Capitol Hill to shape policies that impact the health, independence and quality of life of people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders. Roll on Capitol Hill […]

Ian Burkhart Neurobridge

Quad’s Thoughts Move Hand with Neurobridge

COLUMBUS, Ohio – For the first time ever, a paralyzed man can move his fingers and hand with his own thoughts thanks to an innovative partnership between The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Battelle. Ian Burkhart, a 23-year-old quadriplegic from Dublin, Ohio, is the first person to use Neurobridge, an electronic neural bypass […]

Joseph Gaskins Named CEO of United Spinal Association

Joseph Gaskins Named CEO of United Spinal Association

United Spinal Association today announced Joseph Gaskins, an experienced Washington, D.C. lobbyist, accomplished executive in the wireless industry and wheelchair user from Seattle, Wash., as its permanent president and CEO. Gaskins took over last December as United Spinal’s interim CEO after the resignation of Paul J. Tobin. He has been a member of United Spinal’s […]

Voters with Disabilities Victory in NYC

Voters with Disabilities Victory in NYC

United Spinal Association and Disabled in Action, plaintiffs on behalf of all New Yorkers of voting age with mobility and vision disabilities, won a unanimous panel decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that found the Board of Elections in New York City discriminated against voters with disabilities by failing […]

New Medicare Beneficiary Wheelchair Repair Survey

New Medicare Beneficiary Wheelchair Repair Survey

All wheelchair users know that wheelchair repair is essential to mobility, independence, and the ability to contribute to, and participate in society. However, some Medicare policies may restrict access to wheelchair repair services. It is critical that wheelchair users on Medicare have access to a supplier with trained and experienced service technicians and the infrastructure […]

Join United Spinal’s CRT Virtual Call-In

Join United Spinal’s CRT Virtual Call-In

This week is Complex Rehabilitation Technology Week. United Spinal along with other stakeholders at the NCART Conference are in Washington, D.C., promoting better access to customized wheelchairs. You can participate by contacting your members of Congress and telling them the right wheelchair matters here. Once you click the link, just follow the steps and an […]

More Medals for Team USA

More Medals for Team USA

By Brian Rank SOCHI, Russia – There was fresh snow on the slopes and fresh hopes for the wheelchair curling team during a Wednesday that marked strong performances and two medals for the US – one bronze and one silver. Team USA now has four silver medals and four bronze. Below are recaps from the day’s […]

Team USA Gets Good Results in Bad Weather

Team USA Gets Good Results in Bad Weather

By Brian Rank SOCHI Russia — In a day fraught with harsh weather on the slopes and penalties on the sled hockey ice, Team USA still managed to keep its future at the games alive. Wheelchair curling came back with a win to keep their medal hopes alive, Alpine and Nordic skiing athletes stayed in […]