You are not alone


The surest way to move forward after spinal cord trauma is to connect with people who share your circumstances. Those living with paralysis are the real experts, no doubt about it. There is power in community – and that’s why it’s so important to connect with your SCI peers. Below is a list of Southern Calfornia support organizations, and also sources of national support.


Ask people living with paralysis if there was one thing they know now that they wish they had known when they were first injured, you often hear this: They wish they had been in touch sooner with other people who had been down the SCI road. People with new injuries describe feeling alone, isolated, and scared. But contact with fellow SCI survivors helps turn things around; it’s the most helpful and honest way to come to terms with the physical and psychological challenges of spinal cord injury.


Local Resources


Triumph Foundation

Start here. This is a sort of social club for people with spinal cord injury. Triumph offers peer-to-peer programs, recreation and social activities from Santa Barbara to the Inland Empire, all across the LA metro area, and down to San Diego. Triumph provides people with new injuries gift baskets as well as companionship and advice. In some cases, Triumph provides supplies and equipment. Some grant support is also available. Call 661-803-3700. The website offers a lot of local resource and event connections;



This is a peer-to-peer mentoring program developed by Rancho Los Amigos, the largest SCI rehab hospital in the area. They work on life-coaching and skill-building to assist persons with disabilities to develop the confidence and skills needed to move forward in their lives and achieve their life goals. 562-401-8175;


Ralph’s Riders

This is an LA-based nonprofit that offers peer and career mentorship, resource information, scholarships, grants, and a supportive network. Call 310-929-5083;



This is a social network, support resource, and media platform for friends, family, and survivors of spinal cord injury in the LA area;



This robust community outreach program is based at Loma Linda University Health in San Bernardino County. Offers physical, social, and educational interaction with peers. 909-558-6384;


SoCal Chapter/United Spinal

This is a resource hub for individuals, families and friends with SCI or related diseases. 951-775-2561;


Cal-Diego PVA

Here is a chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America. PVA offers advocacy, support and resource programs not just for members but all folks with SCI. 800-423-2778 or 858-450-1443;



Top National Resources:


Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

Named for the late Superman actor, CDRF offers a goldmine of information, and a staff of resource specialists who answer any and all questions related to SCI. The Foundation offers a number of free publications, and has established a national peer-to-peer program. Get a copy of the Paralysis Resource Guide; download free to your tablet, phone or computer, or order a hard copy from the Foundation. 800-539-7302;


Facing Disability

This website features interviews and video clips of dozens of people who’ve been through a spinal cord injury, or who are experts in SCI care. Honest and heartfelt advice.


United Spinal Association

USA incorporates the National Spinal Cord Injury Association, and offers resources and peer support; if you join (free) you get a subscription to New Mobility, the national magazine about active living for people who use wheelchairs. USA has a national chapter network (Triumph Foundation is a chapter; there is also one based in Murrieta.) The organization offers lots of good online information;,


Paralyzed Veterans of America

This organization is, as you’d expect, all about serving the veteran population. But PVA is very much attuned to the needs of all persons with SCI. Lots of resources, and support. PVA publishes PN and Sports n Spokes.


Care Cure Community

This is website that features very active message boards for the SCI community. Many categories are included: “cure” research, equipment, medical issues, financial topics and caregiving. A message area called Care features certified nurse administrators who offer expertise on SCI health.



This is a place where people living with paralysis can return to being active members of the community and find strength in the power of the shared experience. Lots of role models here.


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