Spinal Network

A Chapter of United Spinal Association

Providing Pathways to Success Through Education and Employment for Those with SCI/D

COVID-19: How Can We Help You

We are currently putting together a network of agencies and organizations to collaborate with. We also have a call network where you can call in if you are running out of medical supplies, food, or maybe you you just need the comfort of a conversation with someone during this time of concern.

Bill White 310-770-7503 (N. County Inland, Escondido to Mira Mesa)

Chelle Struve 619-316-3743 (N. County Coastal, Oceanside to Del Mar)

Jim Weber 619-851-8633 (E. County)

Dominick Taitano 619-289-0753 (Mission Valley to Del Mar)

Ania Flatau 831-224-0006 (Mission Valley to Del Mar)

Rick Hayden 951-775-2561 (W and SW Riverside County)


Walmart is launching a Pickup hour for people most at-risk for COVID-19. Each day at select pickup store locations, the hour from 7 to 8 a.m. will be reserved for customers over the age of 60, as well as first responders, customers with disabilities and anyone designated high-risk by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Costco and Smart and Final are opening their doors an hour early for seniors and members of our disability community to shop without the risk of getting trampled. Check your closest location for times and details.


Northgate Markets in San Diego county will open an hour early for seniors and members of our disability community, check this link  https://www.northgatemarket.com/en/Store-Hours-Update


Chula Vista Food Service is offering food care packages for $30, here is a link to their Facebook page, it will show all that you get.


Phone# is 619-827-0860 address is 753 Anita St Suite D, Chula Vista 91911


Click the button below to view a list of resources.  

If you're reading this and would like to help, please send me an email at rick@spinal-network.org

HHS-OCR released a bulletin in reference to concerns by the disability community regarding their rights when seeking medical care.  The summary and explanation of rights can be viewed by clicking on the buttons below:

How are we doing?

Is our resource page helpful? What else could we include? We're trying to be a helpful organization and we're listing new resources as we get them, but if we are missing a type of resource or if you would like to see a particular service provided, please click the button to send an email so that we can improve on what we are currently doing. Thank you.

Things to do While at Home

10 Exercises that you can do from your wheelchair

Wheelchair Exercise Video

SCI/D Online Support Group on Facebook

SCI/D Online Support Group

Animal Cams and Fun Viewing

Animal Cams

Virtual Museum Tours

Virtual Museum Tours

Virtual Disney Attractions from you Home

Virtual Disney Attractions

Look for additional information regarding COVID-19 in the News heading below

The information below on hand hygiene is important for all wheelchair users


Employment Program 2020

The goal of our new Employment Program is to connect the person with a spinal cord injury or spinal diagnosis (SCI/D), who is looking for gainful employment, with an employer.

Step one will be for the disabled individual (SCI/D) to complete the Candidate Profile located on our website (see the link below). If the person needs help building a strong resume or role playing the interview, we can provide that service or connect you with a resource that can. The profile is then submitted and uploaded into a secure database. You must be a member of Spinal Network in order for your profile to be reviewed and submitted.

Step two will be employers registering with us to gain access to the secure database where they can search by category for all candidates that meet their criteria for employment. The employer will contact the candidate directly.

This is a valuable resource not only to the individual and the employer but also to other agencies and organizations. We will look to work with the colleges/universities in our area of service, primarily their Disabled Students Programs and Service (DSPS) department.




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Spinal Network's mission is to support the employment and education of individuals with spinal cord injuries/diagnoses by providing the tools and community support to be successful in their work and personal lives.


Spinal Network is dedicated to providing pathways for success by connecting individuals that have a spinal cord injury/diagnosis with employment and/or educational resources necessary to achieve their individual goals.

Spinal Network is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization




Self Employment

Self-employment is a solution for the person who wants to be self sufficient, productive and to be able to contribute to the economy but have challenges within the confines of a workplace setting. Issues such as transportation, dependence on caregivers and limiting conditions associated with the disability and perseverance of one’s own health are all …

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The Need to Stay Busy

During the “normal” days before the pandemic, if we were to be at home it was ok because if we got bored or had a bit of cabin fever we would just go out somewhere. But knowing that we can’t do that or shouldn’t be dong that changes our mindset and we know the best …

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How The Disability Community Can Respond to COVID-19

Ensuring People with Disabilities Can Access Prescription Drugs During the Current Crisis March 13,2020 Many people with disabilities are at increased risk of serious or fatal complications from COVID-19 (coronavirus). In an active community outbreak, the safest option may be to self-isolate at home, perhaps for weeks or longer. In order to prepare for this …

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Let's Build a Community


Is community important? With organizations like ours, building community is so important, otherwise we have no purpose. We have struggled a bit on how to go about doing this, so we ramped up the frequency of our newsletter, sending them monthly. We hold monthly Meet & Greet events in San Diego and working on the Riverside area as well as the Murrieta valley. We are also in the planning phase for a couple of fun outings in 2020 designed for everyone of all ages.

So, who makes up a community such as ours? Our community is made up of a diverse group of people from all walks of life. There are those of us with a SCI/D who use wheelchairs for mobility, our friends and family, physical therapists, occupational therapist, recreation therapist, social workers, rehab nurses and anyone who advocates on our behalf. That's quite a powerful group of advocates if I do say so.

What are the benefits of being part of a community such as ours? The most obvious to me is making new friends. Whether we're getting together for a Meet & Greet, an educational workshop or the Interabled Couples group, it's about friendship, socialization, building a support network and being a part of something bigger than ourselves. Another benefit; we always have a good time.

How can we grow our community? Word of mouth is the most powerful, people that come out and hang with us and have a good time will tell someone else and maybe they'll come check us out and have a good time too. The proverbial snowball. Our events draw people to us and so many times, those same people come to a Meet & Greet and before they know it, they're an integral part of this community.  It's certainly not lost on us that our friends who are rehab professionals, support us all of the time and every step of the way and we can't thank them enough. Well, we can, by continuing to build this community and providing great opportunities to learn about this new way of life. I want to finish off by saying that Spinal Network is not about exclusivity, it's about inclusivity. So come out and hang with us, we're a pretty fun crowd.

What Our Community Has To Say

Tim: "Spinal Network to me has been friendships. I have met some really fantastic people and together we have started some fun and helpful events. I'm looking forward to what we will do in the future."

Nadine: "I am so excited about Spinal Network, looking forward to using my God given talent of service in service to others. I especially want to mentor someone new to the Spinal injury world. I have met some wonderful people who are awesome to work with as well."

Warren: "Spinal - Network has given me a sense of self-worth, hope, and reaching new heights that I did not think possible a year ago. I am so blessed to be able to pass on my story and experience with others that need the same. Thank you Spinal-Network."

Jim: "I've met a lot of incredible people thru Spinal Network and I know I have a huge community of support and resources available to me under one organization.
Spinal Network is my go-to organisation to find resources and education on spinal cord injury related issues. 
Spinal Network also helped me realize my gift for helping others and I use it as a platform for advocacy and peer mentoring with my many years of knowledge and experience to support my peers in the SCI community."
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