Spinal Network

A Chapter of United Spinal Association

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

Employment Preparedness Virtual Workshop

October 28, 2020

Our 2020 Employment Preparedness Virtual Workshop will be held on October 28th and will consist of three sessions with each session consisting of five areas of focus. These five areas of focus are as follows:
  • Social Securities - PASS program (Plans to Achieve Self Support)
  • Disability Rights California - WIPA (Work Incentive Planning and Assistance)
  • Dept. of Rehabilitation - Employment Services
  • Workability III - Connecting with the Community College system
  • Spinal Network - Interview tips

When you register, you will be able to select on area of focus for each session.

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)


Find COVID-19 Resources under our Resources tab in the top menu bar

Join Us on September 22nd as we review the movie "Rising Phoenix"

On September 22nd at 12 noon, we'll be hosting a Zoom Roundtable Discussion on the Netflix movie "Rising Phoenix". Watch the film (click the button below) and then jump in with your take on the film or just sit back, relax and listen. To join the meeting, click on the button below.




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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. Other resources can be found by clicking this link https://www.spinal-network.org/employment-preparedness/


Spinal Network has partnered with SPINALpedia.com and WillingToWorkUSA.com to provide free one-on-one job mentoring, information about the Ticket to Work program, information about Medicaid buy-in programs, and access to employment benefits counseling to help persons with disabilities gain and maintain employment. Please fill out the survey by clicking on the button to the right to be matched with a free disability employment benefits mentor and counselor.


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




Grassroots Advocacy Network

Change is made by the people who speak up. That’s the most important principle of advocacy.  People can believe very strongly in a principle or an idea, but unless they express it, those with the power to make that idea a reality will never know just how much support that idea has. We at United …

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Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

On July 26th, 2020, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) celebrates its 30th Anniversary. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the …

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ADA – 30 Years

July 26, 2020 marks 30 years since the signing of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) which became a law to prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities. For years people with disabilities and their allies fought to have basic rights, and this law makes sure people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as …

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Wearable Therapy® for Spinal Cord Injuries

Keeping your body healthy when you have a spinal cord injury is no small task.

Wearable Therapy® can help with the daily exercises required to keep your muscles active, improve local blood circulation, and relax muscle spasms. And because it is wearable, you are freed up to engage in other activities that are important to you.

Taking care of your body doesn't have to be the only thing you do all day.

Wearable Therapy® treats the effects of neurological conditions such as disuse muscle atrophy and muscle spasms in patients with spinal cord injury.

Wearable Therapy® uses NMES electrical stimulation to repeatedly contract and relax muscles, which maintains muscle strength. By managing the contractions of the muscles, NMES can also calm erratic muscle spasms and restore a more natural state of relaxation.

In addition, the increased muscle activity causes blood to flow into the contracting muscle and surrounding area, increasing local blood circulation.

It is important to begin using Wearable Therapy® as soon as possible after spinal cord injury in order to help prevent the loss of muscle mass.

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 virtual Zoom meetings twice per month and collaborate with Sharp Rehabs Zoom meetings to provide more opportunities to safely gather with friends.

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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