Welcome to United Spinal Association Illinois Chapter

The United Spinal Association Illinois Chapter is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization providing information and support resources for people paralyzed by trauma and medical conditions, family members, and health care and related professionals that serve the SCI community. Our office is located in Palos Heights, IL, a suburb of Chicago, but we serve the entire state.

United Spinal Association Illinois Chapter (USAIC) is a place where people can get information, take part in programs, attend events and meet peers.  Some of the things we do are:

Peer Support: Take advantage of the knowledge gained by those ahead of you in the SCI world. Groups meet virtually and in person, and one-on-one peer contacts can be arranged. No matter how you do it, keep in touch with others with SCI!

Peer contacts are invaluable!

“Living with Spinal Cord Injury” is a program for health professionals and health science students. Audiences engage with speakers to learn what it is like to sustain a SCI and the daily impact on one’s life. Share your story and help make great care givers!

Injury Prevention: Members talk with school kids about simple things they can do to prevent injuries, and to senior citizens about preventing falls.  People listen more when the speaker speaks from experience!

Advocacy: It couldn’t be easier to let legislators know where you stand on issues that impact the lives of people with disabilities, than by joining the USA Grassroots Advocacy efforts. You just sign up, get occasional emails about issues, click on a prepared message and in seconds your legislators know your opinion.

Click to register for this program

Equipment donations: Members are contacted by email when donated equipment is offered. Anyone interested is put in touch with donors who determine who will receive items. Most things are given on a first come first served basis. Donations can include wheelchairs, hospital beds, supplies, etc.

19th Annual Golf Outing

Our Annual Golf Outing is just around the corner! Join us for an amazingly fun day of golf!

Handcycle Experience Series

The Handcycle Experience Series is here! It’s free and guests are welcome. Click the link below and learn more


Employment in Manufacturing

SCI & Employment in the Manufacturing Field Manufacturing is a growth industry in need of skilled workers. It is a great field for everyone, including people who use wheelchairs. The Advanced Manufacturing Department at Richard J. Daley College encourages you to visit and learn more about the manufacturing industry. Daley’s state of the art training center can teach you the high demand skills needed for a rewarding career in manufacturing!

Learn more about the Advanced Manufacturing program on the CCC website or contact Juan Martinez, Manufacturing Instructor, at jmartinez60@ccc.edu and also at 773-838-7500 ext. 7943. Professor Martinez is passionate about recruiting more people with disabilities into manufacturing, and he is happy to assist you in exploring the opportunities available in this industry. A variety of scholarships and grants are available.

The manufacturing center is located at Richard J. Daley College, 4101 W. 76th St. in Chicago.


Stickney Township Intergenerational Program  

Preschoolers, seniors and in-betweeners met Lee Krizka and Java Bean.  Lee talked about staying safe and Java Bean showed the audience things that he does to help Lee.

Read more about SCI Prevention here.

Associates in Rehabilitation Medicine
Nu Motion Foundation

Make a donation

The United Spinal Association Illinois Chapter provides information and support services for people who have physical disabilities. We also present injury prevention programs for school children. To provide these services we depend upon contributions. Please support our cause by making a donation.