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Welcome to the Inglis disability resource center. We've created this section to provide a wide range of resources for people with physical disabilities, their loved ones and their caregivers.

Please be aware we are in the process of revampling this section - we have added many new categories, are removing old outdated categories, and will be implementing a new search fucntion.  This process is taking time, so please be patient.  Thank you.

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Advocacy

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aahd.us

The American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) supports health promotion and wellness initiatives for people with disabilities at the federal, state and local levels. AAHD strives to reduce the incidence of secondary conditions in people with disabilities, as well as reduce health disparities between people with disabilities and the general population. AAHD achieves its mission through research, education, public awareness and advocacy.

alsphiladelphia.org

The mission of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the ALS Association is to help people live with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), advocate for ALS patients and caregivers and support research into the cause, cure and treatment of ALS. The Greater Philadelphia Chapter leads the way in the pursuit of the Association's mission by providing patient and family support, raising funds for research, increasing public awareness, educating lay and healthcare communities and advocating for people with ALS and increased funding research.

dpi.org

Disabled Peoples International is a network of national organizations of people with disabilities established to promote human rights through the full participation and equalization of opportunity and development.

dredf.org

Founded in 1979 by people with disabilities, the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Inc. is a national law and policy center dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities. Their work includes legislation, litigation, advocacy, technical assistance, and education and training of attorneys, advocates, persons with disabilities, and parents of children with disabilities.

tash.org

The TASH (formerly the Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps) mission is to eliminate physical and social obstacles that prevent equity, diversity and quality of life. It is an international advocacy association of people fighting for a society in which the inclusion of all people in all aspects of society is the norm.

whirlwindwheelchair.org

Whirlwind Wheelchair International works to make it possible for every person in the developing world who needs a wheelchair to obtain one that will lead to maximum personal independence and integration into society. In order to fulfill this mission, WWI seeks to give wheelchair riders a central role in all of its projects and activities.

wid.org

The World Institute on Disability (WID) is a nonprofit research, public policy and advocacy center dedicated to promoting the civil rights and full societal inclusion of people with disabilities. WID's work focuses on employment and economic development, accessible health care and personal assistance services, inclusive technology design and international disability and development.

Animal / Pet Support or Therapy

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caninecompanions.org

Canine Companions For Independence (CCI) is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.

iaadp.org

The International Association of Assistance Dog Partners educates and provides information on service dogs, allowing people with disabilities to benefit from assistance dog-partnerships.

palsforlife.org

Pals for Life is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing companion animal programs for people with disabilities and the elderly. Its mission is to have pets and people help each other live happier, healthier, more fulfilled lives.

pawswithacause.org

Paws with a Cause trains assistance dogs for people with disabilities and provides lifetime training and support that encourages independence.

pegasusridingacademy.com

Pegasus Riding Academy is the only program in Philadelphia offering therapeutic horseback riding for people with severe disabilities.

Arts & Culture

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art-reach.org

ARTREACH, Inc. is a non-profit organization in the Philadelphia area that joins the arts and special audiences. ARTREACH works with people with physical and mental disabilities, economically disadvantaged and the elderly to enable access to museums, performing arts events and many other cultural opportunities throughout the Delaware Valley.

audacitymagazine.com

Audacity Magazine is an online news and entertainment magazine geared toward the disability community in the United States and the world. Audacity covers issues pertaining to life with a disability. Audacity Magazine's staff is made up entirely of people with disabilities.

newmobility.com

Newmobility.com is the website for New Mobility Magazine and the leading online resource for disability culture and lifestyle. Newmobility.com offers research and communication tools for anyone with an interest in disability issues

Assistive Technology

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mobilityworks.com

Mobility Works formally Ride- Away provides wheelchair vans and wheelchair van modifications including hand controls, wheelchair and scooter lifts and ramps, raised doors and lowered floors.

patf.us

The Pennsylvania Assistive Technology is a statewide, non-profit organization that extends low interest loans to people with disabilities so that they can purchase adaptive devices and services.

thesierragroupfoundation.org

The Sierra Group Foundation has been established for the purpose of reversing the rate of unemployment among people with disabilities. The Foundation works toward this mission by making scholarships available for people with disabilities to obtain education, by supporting research on accessible technology in the workplace, and by publishing findings that support public and professional awareness on best practices.

Caregiving

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AARP

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that empowers people to choose how they live as they age. AARP developed these resource guides with the caregiver in mind as a starting point to help you find the services and support you need throughout your caregiving journey. Find full state guides that can assist in locating home care, adult daycare, social services, and various support groups.

Caregiver.com

Caregiver Media Group is a leading provider of information, support, and guidance for family and professional caregivers. Founded in 1995, we produce Today's Caregiver magazine, the first national magazine dedicated to caregivers. Caregiver Media Group is a leading provider of information, support, and guidance for family and professional caregivers. Founded in 1995, we produce Today's Caregiver magazine, the first national magazine dedicated to caregivers,

Caregiverslibrary.org

The National Caregivers Library is one of the largest single sources of information and tools for caregivers and seniors in the country.  It makes its resources available to caregivers for free through alliances with professionals, businesses, and other organizations that serve seniors and their caregivers with a variety of products and services

Caregiving.org

The National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) was founded in 1996 by Gail Gibson Hunt. The NAC’s primary mission is to be a national resource on family caregiving while working to improve the quality of life for families of choice and families of kin. Through national surveys, our research identifies important new trends and sheds light on the caving needs of caregivers and their families.

Carie.org

The Center for Advocacy for the rights and interests of the Elderly (CARIE). Founded in 1977 by a coalition of groups and individuals, including the Friends’ Committee on Aging, the Lutheran Council on Aging, and the Grey Panthers, CARIE is a leading advocate in aging, while work advances the health, safety, and dignity of older adults from all socioeconomic, racial, and cultural backgrounds. CARIE is there for older adults to help them understand and navigate this ever more difficult system of services, and to help make a system that is more responsive to the needs of those who use it.

Common Caregiver Problems American Psychological Association Caregiver Briefcase

The Psychological Association Family Caregiver Briefcase is a user-friendly, online resource to help psychologists and other health and social service professionals assist family caregivers through individual and organizational practice, research, teaching, and community service. Family caregivers will also find useful information in the resources section of the briefcase. The section also contains information about the health and emotional risk that caregivers may experience.

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging PCA

A private nonprofit organization founded in 1973, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA), is the fourth largest in a nationwide network of Area Agencies on Aging (AAA), and the largest in Pennsylvania. PCA coordinates a broad range of services that help older Philadelphians, and those with disabilities live as independently as possible while achieving the greatest possible levels of health and productivity. PCA also provides several services and partners with other organizations to improve the quality of life.

Diagnosis

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ALS

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alsa.org

The mission of The ALS Association (ALSA) is to find a cure for and improve living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The ALS Association is the only national not-for-profit health organization dedicated solely to the fight against ALS. The association provides research, patient and community services, public education and advocacy while providing help and hope to those facing the disease.

alsphiladelphia.org

The mission of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the ALS Association is to help people live with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), advocate for ALS patients and caregivers and support research into the cause, cure and treatment of ALS. The Greater Philadelphia Chapter leads the way in the pursuit of the Association's mission by providing patient and family support, raising funds for research, increasing public awareness, educating lay and healthcare communities and advocating for people with ALS and increased funding research.

Cerebral Palsy

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ccdisability.org

Chester County Disability Services (Cerebral Palsy Association of Chester County, Inc.) provides individualized and targeted programs to help reduce the social isolation of people with physical disabilities and help them live as independently as possible.

Mental Health & Physical Disability/Chronic Illness

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MDA.org

The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Founded in 1950, by Paul Cohen a prominent New York business leader is a dedicated partnership between scientists and concerned citizens, aimed at conquering neuromuscular diseases that affect more than a million Americans. MDA combats neuromuscular diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive medical and community services, and far-reaching professional and public health education.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

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mscando.org

Can Do Multiple Sclerosis™ (formerly The Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis) is a leading provider of innovative lifestyle empowerment programs for people with MS and their support partners.

The Multiple Sclerosis International Federation (MSIF) was established in 1967 as an international body linking the activities of National MS Societies around the world. The Federation seeks to work in world-wide partnership with member societies and the international scientific community to eliminate multiple sclerosis and its consequences, and to speak out globally on behalf of those affected by MS.

mymsaa.org

The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the quality of life for everyone affected by multiple sclerosis. MSAA provides ongoing support and direct services to individuals with MS and those close to them. [MSAA also serves to promote greater understanding of the needs and challenges of those who face physical obstacles.]

nationalmssociety.org

The mission of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is to end the devastating effects of MS. The Society and its chapters nationwide promote research, educatation, advocacy and organize a wide range of programs including support for the newly diagnosed and those living with MS.

Spina Bifida

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spinabifidaassociation.org

The Spina Bifida Association of America (SBAA) serves the 70,000 adults and children who live with spina bifida. Since 1973, SBAA has served as the nation's only voluntary health agency dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with spina bifida through education and information resources.

Spinal Cord Injury

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paralysis.org

The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation (CRPF) encourages and supports research to develop effective treatments and a cure for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury and other central nervous system disorders. The Foundation allocates a portion of its resources to grants that improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.

shrinershq.org

The Shriners Hospital in Philadelphia is a 59-bed pediatric orthopetic hospital providing a complete range of specialized medical and rehabilitation services at no charge to children with orthopetic problems or spinal cord injury.

spinalcord.org

The National Spinal Cord Injury Association's mission is to educate, motivate and empower survivors of spinal cord injury and disease through a toll-free help line, national chapters and support groups to achieve and maintain higher levels of independence and personal fulfillment.

unitedspinal.org

United Spinal Association is a national disability rights and veterans service organization founded in 1946, providing service to thousands of members across the United States. United Spinal Association provides expertise, creates access to resources and strengthens hope, thereby enabling people with spinal cord injuries and disorders to fulfill their potential as active members of their communities.

unitedspinalwheelchairreviews.org

United Spinal Association – is your webguide to wheelchairs, mobility scooters, and assistive technology choices. You can read and submit wheelchair reviews, mobility scooter reviews, wheelchair cushion reviews, standing device reviews, and search The TechGuide for all kinds of assistive equipment.

Disability Support & Services (General)

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amputee-coalition.org

The Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) is a national, non-profit amputee consumer educational organization representing people who have experienced amputation or are born with limb differences. The ACA includes individual amputees, amputee education and support groups for amputees, professionals, family members and friends of amputees, and amputation or limb loss related agencies and organizations. One of the objectives of the ACA is to develop accurate information about the U.S. population of amputees in order to best represent these constituents to government, industry and the world.

conillinst.org

The Conill Institute is a non-profit organization, based in Philadelphia, that develops educational programs to help patients, families, care partners and employers deal more effectively with chronic illness.

disabilitypolicycenter.org

The Center for the Study and Advancement of Disability Policy (CSADP) provides public education, leadership development and training, technical assistance and information dissemination, and conducts action-research and analysis of public policy issues affecting individuals with disabilities and their families.

easterseals.com

Easter Seals has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families, live better lives for more than 80 years. From child development centers to physical rehabilitation and job training for people with disabilities, Easter Seals offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life's challenges and achieve personal goals.

elwyn.org

Elwyn Inc., formerly the Elwyn Institute, is a not-for-profit human services organization serving children and adults with developmental, physical and emotional disabilities. Elwyn's programs are offered in Philadelphia area schools, community sites, workplaces and individual homes. Elwyn's aim is to provide opportunities for people with various challenges and disabilities to build independent, meaningful lives within their communities.

independentliving.org

An international organization, based in Stockholm, Sweden, that serves self-help organizations of people with disabilities who work for equal opportunities, self-determination,and self-respect. They offer training materials, technical assistance, and information on personal assistance, advocacy, access, legislation and peer support.

leagueforpeople.org

Located in Baltimore, the League for People with Disabilities is a leader among rehabilitative service providers, offering a continuum of services to meet the needs of persons with disabilities directly, and through effective partnerships with community organizations. Programs include Adult Medical Day, Autism Services, Camping & Therapeutic Recreation, Vocational Services, and a Wellness Center.

libertyresources.org

Liberty Resources is a non-profit, consumer-driven organization in Philadelphia that advocates and promotes independent living for people with disabilities. More than 50% of their Board of Directors as well as 50% of their employees are people with disabilities.

sepa.easterseals.com

Easter Seals' mission is to create solutions that change lives of children and adults with disabilities or other special needs and their families. Locally, Easter Seals serves children through an Approved Private School, special classrooms, summer programs, recreational programs, parent and infant programs, early intervention programs and various outpatient speech, physical and occupational therapy programs.

udservices.org

United Disabilities Services, headquartered in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, provides in-home personal care, independent living support, and personal development and enrichment for individuals with disabilities and the elderly. These services enable them to take control of their lives and live in the comfort of their own homes.

Education

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ahead.org

AHEAD is the premiere professional association committed to full participation of persons with disabilities in postsecondary education. An international resource, AHEAD promotes leadership and exemplary practices, provides professional development and disseminates information and resources through partnership and collaboration. AHEAD addresses current and emerging issues related to disability, education and accessibility to achieve universal access.

parentcenterhub

Parent Center Hub.org, Formally known as  NICHCY the National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities. Parent Center Hub's special focus is children and youth from birth to age 22. the program also offer information on specific disabilities, special education and related services for children in school, individualized education programs, disability organizations, professional associations and more.

vpul.upenn.edu

The University of Pennsylvania is committed to providing equal educational opportunities for all students, including students with disabilities. The Office of Student Disabilities Services serves students from all of Penn's undergraduate, graduate and professional schools. It provides comprehensive, professional services and programs for students with disabilities to ensure equal academic opportunities and participation in university-sponsored programs.

Employment & Vocational

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disability.gov

The Office of Disability Employment Policy aims to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

jan.wvu.edu

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a service provided by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). JAN's mission is to facilitate the employment and retention of workers with disabilities by providing employers, employment providers, people with disabilities, their family members and other interested parties with information on job accommodations, entrepreneurship, and related subjects.

nod.org

The National Organization on Disability (NOD) increases employment opportunities for Americans with disabilities. Our programs and services enable companies to realize the competitive advantages of hiring people with disabilities.

pennsylvaniaofficeofvocationalrehabilitation

The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) provides individualized services to assist people with disabilities to pursue, obtain and maintain satisfactory employment.

RecruitDisability Job Board

A program of the Sierra Group Foundation, the self serve portal site was designed to augment the job search demands of businesses trying to meet the 7% Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program (OFCCP) hiring goal by becoming the one site to search for qualified candidates and where a candidate can search and apply for positions 24/7.

RecruitDisability.org serves all job seekers: Every American with a disability can choose to self disclose then use our job board to search, post a resume and get a job. The site provides free tools for candidates and Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) professionals to build resumes and is free for all job seekers with disabilities and to public and private VR Placement Professionals.

thesierragroupacademy.org

Located in center city Philadelphia, The Sierra Group Academy serves regional job seekers with disabilities as they endeavor to gain skills and accommodations to enter or re-enter employment. The Sierra Group Academy is a Program of The Sierra Group Foundation.

whatcanyoudocampaign.org

The Campaign for Disability Employment is a collaborative effort to promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities by encouraging employers and others to recognize the value and talent they bring to the workplace.

Financial/Banking (Education & Management)

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mortgageloan.com/disabilities

This site offers a comprehensive guide to housing and mortgages for people with disabilities. It covers terminology, the process of buying a house, financial assistance and more.

thedof.org

The Disability Opportunity Fund acts as a communication conduit for banks, insurance companies, Community Development and Financial Institution funds and service providers who wish to do more to support the disabilities market, but lack the know how. In 2011, Inglis co-sponsored a regional conference with the DOF in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank.

Government (Local, State, Federal)

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aapd.org

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is the largest national non-profit cross-disability member organization in the United States, dedicated to ensuring economic self-sufficiency and political empowerment for the more than 56 million Americans with disabilities. AAPD works with other disability organizations for the full implementation and enforcement of disability nondiscrimination laws, particularly the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

ada.gov

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in everyday activities, such as buying an item at the store, going to the movies, enjoying a meal at a local restaurant, exercising at the health club or having their car serviced at a local garage. The ADA website offers valuable information and resources on standards for businesses, travel, communication and leisure to name a few. Ada.gov is your resource for complete information on the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Housing

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newsontap.org

Established by the Philadelphia Office of Housing and Community Development in 1999, the Disability Technical Assistance Program (TAP) provides the latest information on accessible housing, technical resources, fair housing law, and other matters of interest to organizations concerned about housing rights and opportunities for people with disabilities in Philadelphia.

Leisure, Sports, Recreation

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americandancewheels.org

American DanceWheels Foundation brings partner dancing to people of all abilities, and enables wheelchair users to dance with able-bodied partners.

asadurango.com

The Adaptive Sports Association helps to enrich and transform the lives of people with disabilities through sports. By working with students to overcome physical and cognitive challenges in a supportive environment, ASA helps students to give disability a possibility.

disabilityhistory.org

The Disability History Project is a community history project that welcomes participation. This is an opportunity for people with disabilities to reclaim their history and determine how to define themselves. People with disabilities have an exciting and rich history that should be shared with the world.

disabilitymuseum.org

The National Council on Disability (NCD) is an independent federal agency making recommendations to the President and Congress to enhance the quality of life for all Americans with disabilities and their families. NCD's overall purpose is to promote policies, programs, practices and procedures that guarantee equal opportunities for all individuals with disabilities.

ncaonline.org

A collaborative program of Indiana University and the National Park Service, the National Center on Accessibility is the nation's premiere resource promoting access for people with disabilities in recreation. Over the last decade, NCA has played a critical role in increasing awareness of inclusion of people with disabilities in parks, recreation and tourism while advancing the spirit and intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Rehabilitation Act and other disability legislation.

unitedspinalwheelchairreviews.org

United Spinal Association – is your webguide to wheelchairs, mobility scooters, and assistive technology choices. You can read and submit wheelchair reviews, mobility scooter reviews, wheelchair cushion reviews, standing device reviews, and search The TechGuide for all kinds of assistive equipment.

Mental & Emotional Wellness

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audacitymagazine.com

Audacity Magazine is an online news and entertainment magazine geared toward the disability community in the United States and the world. Audacity covers issues pertaining to life with a disability. Audacity Magazine's staff is made up entirely of people with disabilities.

How Meditation May Change the Brain

The New York Times featured this article on Meditation and its positive effects on the brain. The findings will appear in the Jan. 30 issue of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging. The researchers report that those who meditated for about 30 minutes a day for eight weeks had measurable changes in gray-matter density in parts of the brain associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress.

In Mindfulness, a Method to Sharpen Focus and Open Minds

How to use Mindfulness to Sharpen Focus and Open Mind.

Mindfulness and Meditation are Capturing Attention

The New York Times features this article on Mindfulness and its effects on the mind and body.

Mindfulness Meditation Linked with Positive Brain Changes, Study Suggest

 Meditation and Mindfulness

Scientists have found that a kind of Chinese mindfulness meditation practice is linked with actual physical changes in the brain changes that may even have protective effects against mental illness. Researchers found that after two weeks of practicing this kind of meditation, the study participants had an increase in the number of signaling connections in the brain, called axonal density.

Nine Essential Qualities of Mindfulness

Psychology Today explains Mindfulness and why it is important for mental health and breaks down the nine essentials qualities of mindfulness in this publication written by Melanie Greenberg, clinical psychologist Mill Valley, CA.

Seniors

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udservices.org

United Disabilities Services, headquartered in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, provides in-home personal care, independent living support, and personal development and enrichment for individuals with disabilities and the elderly. These services enable them to take control of their lives and live in the comfort of their own homes.

Transportation

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mobilityworks.com

Mobility Works formally Ride- Away provides wheelchair vans and wheelchair van modifications including hand controls, wheelchair and scooter lifts and ramps, raised doors and lowered floors.

Travel / Accommodations

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disabilitytravel.com

Since 1985, Disabilitytravel.com has been designing accessible holidays and escorting groups on accessible vacations exclusively for slow walkers and wheelchair travelers, their families and their friends. The site offers resources for personally escorted tours that focus on continued learning, naturalism and cultural intrigue.

sath.org

The Society for Accessible Travel and Hospitality (SATH) is an educational non-profit membership organization whose mission is to raise awareness of the needs of all travelers with disabilities, remove physical and attitudinal barriers to free access and expand travel opportunities in the United States and abroad. Members include travel professionals, consumers with disabilities and other individuals and corporations.

Veterans with Disabilities

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pva.org

A congressionally-chartered veterans service organization founded in 1946, the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) has unique expertise on a wide variety of issues involving the needs of veterans of the armed forces who have experienced spinal cord injury or dysfunction. PVA advocates for quality healthcare for members, research education addressing spinal cord injury and dysfunction, military benefits and civil rights and opportunities that maximize the independence of members.

Youth/Kids/Teenagers

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shrinershq.org

The Shriners Hospital in Philadelphia is a 59-bed pediatric orthopetic hospital providing a complete range of specialized medical and rehabilitation services at no charge to children with orthopetic problems or spinal cord injury.