About

Mission Statement

Iowa Chapter of United Spinal Association strives to CONNECT individuals impacted by spinal cord injuries or disorders, including families, caregivers, and professionals. Our members EMPOWER each other to ENGAGE in active and healthy lifestyles.

How We Do It​

Annual Events

  • Bowling
    A free round of accessible bowling (adaptive devices provided) for all. Friends and family are encouraged to participate.
  • Socials (Eat & Greet)
    We take the opportunity to have a meal together, do some fun, group activities, and spend time getting to know each other. This is when we’re able to make new friendships, and strengthen others, with people who share the same experiences from having a spinal cord injury or disorder. 
  • Adapted Living & Recreation Expo
    An all-day event showcasing a vast array of adapted recreation & sport opportunities inclusive for ALL, as well as products and services designed for living with a spinal cord injury or disorder. Our 16th Annual Adapted Living & Recreation Expo is going virtual this year. Visit our Expo Participant Registration page to learn more about it and sign up to attend.

Peer Mentoring

Peer Mentors are available to help individuals adapt to their new “normal life” living with a spinal cord injury or disorder. Mentors meet them at hospitals, clinics, or anywhere that’s accessible in their community. They can even just “meet” via phone calls or using the Internet (video conference, email, chat).

Equipment Rental

FREE rental of accessible recreation equipment (golf, pinball, cycling, bowling, kayaking, disc golf, blow darts, ladder ball). You must be a current member to use this chapter program.

Visit our Rent Equipment page for more information.

Advocacy Committee

We want to educate our members to become their own advocates at the level they are comfortable with: self, local, state and/or federal. Our hope is to provide a basic education on the principles of advocacy and how to build working relationships with legislative offices and other groups to create positive change for the SCI/D community and others in Iowa.

Quarterly Newsletter

Our newsletters are published and emailed each quarter featuring information about events and members throughout the state. Let us know what is going on in your neck of the woods!

Social Media

Keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Please follow us and share posts with your friends! We use these platforms to further our mission.

Equipment Swap

The Iowa Disability Equipment Swap is a resource for members to buy, sell, & trade their accessible and medical supplies and equipment via private Facebook group. Items aid those with disabilities. Search this group on Facebook to join.

Iowa Chapter History

A few therapists and a business owner wanted to get former rehab patients together to be able to connect with other individuals living with a similar disability, a spinal cord injury/disease. A letter was sent out inviting these individuals to a restaurant to meet and greet each other. But the business owner and therapists wanted much more than that. They wanted to sponsor activities for these individuals to participate in and have a support group and things more of that nature. More specifically, they wanted to have an adaptive cycling clinic to give these individuals a positive experience and to encourage them to get out and be active in their communities and society. So they went looking and found the National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA, www.spinalcord.org), and all of them unanimously decided to start a statewide chapter in Iowa. This was only logical since all of them help individuals with spinal cord injuries/diseases.

Since then, the summer of 2005, the Spinal Cord Injury Association of Iowa or United Spinal Association Iowa Chapter as it’s now known as has expanded to 11 active board members.