Spinal Network's mission is to promote community integration, participation, and independence for individuals with a disability requiring the use a wheelchair for their mobility, by providing the tools and community support to be successful in their work and 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, with employment and/or educational resources necessary to achieve their individual goals maximizing quality of life.
Spinal Network is committed to providing programs, resources, and services to the disability community in San Diego and W. Riverside County that provide opportunity for greater independence and quality of life. We collaborate with several agencies in our area of service who share our vision.
Our commitment to promoting community integration and participation, leads to a greater sense of independence for those individuals living with paralysis. Inclusion within our communities provides the opportunity for socialization and development of a peer network.
Our employment program is a collaborative effort with the California Department of Rehabilitation, Social Security’s PASS program, Disability Rights California, and the San Diego Workability program. Employment, regardless of whether a person has a disability or not, is a game changer. However, the opportunities for employment for an individual with a disability are far less than that of their able-bodied counterpart. The unemployment rate for persons with a disability was 8.0 percent in 2018, more than twice the rate of those with no disability, 3.7 percent. (*Unemployed persons are those who did not have a job, were available for work, and were actively looking for a job).
Spinal Network’s goal is to reduce the unemployment rate for those living with paralysis in our area of coverage.