By Cameron Harris
Photo by Loren Worthington
The Arizona Spinal Cord Injury Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with spinal cord injuries. Our goal is to promote physical, intellectual, spiritual, emotional and social recovery. The Association focuses on peer and family support; education of consumers, families, caregivers and professionals; and linking people to vocational, social and recreational resources.
The Arizona Spinal Cord Injury Association was founded in 1999. The organization started by providing peer mentoring to individuals with spinal cord injuries and their families. From there, the organization has grown to what it is today by providing, health, education, social recreational activities, and quality of life programs for our consumers, their family, caregivers, and professionals.
At the AZSCIA we understand the unique challenges that come with a spinal cord injury, and we work tirelessly to increase the quality of life for members of our community. Without the support our community members, we would not be able to impact the lives that we do. Anyone interested in volunteering or attending one of our great events, please contact our Program Director Cameron Harris.
What Services Does the AZSCIA Provide?
Vetted and Trusted Resources
Each resource is required to meet ADA compliance standards along with standards set forth in conjunction with the Governor’s Council on Spinal and Head Injuries. Quality of life depends on quality of care. We strive to bring trusted and reliable resources for all consumers to utilize. For a full list of resources please go to azspinal.org
Accessible Van Rentals
The AZSCIA rents out accessible vans for trips, family gatherings and events around the valley. For more information please contact us.
Educational Conferences and Classes
We run annual Wheelchair Skills clinics designed to provide a safe and comfortable setting for individuals to learn effective techniques for navigating their environment in a wheelchair. Each week focuses on a different aspect of wheelchair skills. We also host an annual educational conference titled Push Forward. Each year features new and educational topics in the SCI community.
Whether it’s fishing at the lake, going to a spring training game, or participating in the Tempe Light Parade, the AZSCIA enjoys staying active. Our website is full of great events! Access our newsletter at azspinal.org to stay up to date with our happenings around the community.
We have multiple support groups throughout the state. If you would like more information please contact us.
Comprehensive Peer Mentor Program
In partnership with the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, the AZSCIA places peer mentors around the valley. If you would like to be a peer mentor please contact us.
Visit AZSpinal.org for more information or call (602) 507-4209.