A Chapter of United Spinal
Let's build a world where Community means Integration and Inclusion, where Community means Participation, and where Community means Independence.
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Spinal Network's mission is to promote community integration, participation, and independence for individuals with a disability requiring the use of a wheelchair for their mobility, by providing the tools and community support to be successful in their personal lives. Our goal is to maximize quality of life, raise self-esteem and improve physical and mental health.
Spinal Network provides pathways for success by promoting community integration, participation, and independence. Spinal Network also connects individuals that have a disability requiring the use of a wheelchair for their mobility, opportunities to integrate into their community. This is an important component in order to achieve their individual goals of maximizing quality of life.
Spinal Network's Assistive Loan Closet
Spinal Network has been awarded a grant by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation to launch an assistive loan closet in the San Diego county area. This is a much needed service that will impact the lives of our members who have a high level SCI or diagnosis. The trial loan period will be 60 - 90 days and will be monitored closely to determine whether the combination being trialed is maximizing function and independence.
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Margaret Reed graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in English. Her professional background is in marketing, and she is currently enrolled in the Visual Communications program at San Diego Mesa College, pursuing a degree in graphic design.
Margaret has been involved with the Spinal Network since 2017, when she began attending events with her dad, Martin Reed, (who has a C-7 spinal cord injury) and her stepmom, Marie. She loves the work being done by Spinal Network, and has seen firsthand what a positive impact this community has had in her family's life.
Margaret is excited to get further involved and support the good work being done by Spinal Network.
Debra Jackson suffered a spinal cord injury (T7 complete) in 2019 while riding her bicycle in Switzerland where she was living at the time. After spending 8 months in rehabilitation at the Swiss Paraplegic Center in Nottwil, Switzerland, she returned home to San Diego to be closer to family and friends.
Debra serves on the advisory board of Padres Pedal the Cause, an organization that funds grants to local cancer research institutions through an annual fundraising cycling event. In addition to being on the advisory board, Debra led her corporate team and has participated in the event (pre and post injury) for the past 10 years. Debra also recently became involved with peer mentoring through the Spinal Network, helping individuals who are new to a spinal cord injury.
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