The National Spinal Cord Injury Hotline was a nonprofit, toll-free information and referral service that was established in 1984 and operated through 2000 before losing its funding from the Paralysis Society of America. The hotline received calls from people who had sustained a traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) resulting in paralysis. Members of their families and health care providers were also encouraged to call for support.
The Hotline helped people with paraplegia and quadriplegia find answers that allowed them to live more independent lives. The Hotline guided individuals and families through the bewildering array of questions they faced after a paralyzing injury. Questions answered ranged from therapeutic programs to home modifications, from medical equipment to sports and recreation.
The National Spinal Cord Injury Hotline is now encouraging those that need help with spinal cord injuries to contact the NSCIA Helpline at 800-962-9629 which is operated by the National Spinal Cord Injury Association.
The heartbeat of the National SCI Hotline was a nationwide network of volunteers who shared their knowledge and experience of SCI. The Hotline refered callers who had concerns about their injury and local resources to a peer contact in their geographic area who could offer assistance and support. Over 800 individuals were available across the country at one time to share their insights on SCI.
- National Spinal Cord Association
- Jim Lubin’s Resource Page: “disABILITY Information and Resources“
- Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource
- Paralyzed Veterans of America
- Univerity of Alabama: Spinal Cord Injury Information Network
The National Spinal Cord Injury Hotline was financially supported by the Paralysis Society of America before losing its funding. We wish to sincerely thank the PSA for their support throughout the years.