SCI Resources

Web Surfing Guidelines

US National Library of Medicine Guidelines

spinalinjury101 explains the basics of a spinal cord injury. As a new SCI survivor, it is important for you to understand this condition and how it relates to your type and level of injury.


San Mateo County Commission on Disabilities

City and County of San Francisco Mayor’s Disability Council

City of Alameda Commission on Disabilities

City of Berkeley Commission on Disabilities

California Commission on Disabilities

Disability Rights California

Disability Rights Advocates

National Disability Rights Network

Santa Clara University runs Advice Clinics to give legal guidance about your rights on employee, consumer law, immigration or being in debt.

Human Services Agency of San Francisco

The Disability Organizing Network

Looking Glass is a nationally recognized center that has pioneered research, training, and services for families in which a child, parent or grandparent has a disability or medical issue

Serving the sierra foothills, this support group based in Placerville fosters improved physical, mental, and emotional health for the mobility impaired.

Based in Modesto, the Society operates the largest loan closet of adaptive equipment in the county, provides educational programs, job training services, recreational programs, a long standing special need program, and resource and referral services to the resident of Stanislaus County who have a disability.

Promoting accessibility, acknowledging advocacy work, and providing connection between communities throughout San Luis Obispo County



California In-Home Support Services is a for-profit site advertising caregiving service



ReCares (Formally Home CARES) has three San Francisco Bay Area sites that collect and redistribute donations of clean, gently used medical equipment and unused home health care supplies each week. These are provided free of charge to those in need who visit our sites

Wheelers Accessible Van Rentals

Rentable wheelchair-accessible vehicles

Handcycle is a manufacturer and purveyor of fine handcycles and recumbents

Rio Mobility was founded in 2002 with the mission of developing unique products that increase the mobility and health options of wheelchair users.

Nationwide rental of Accessible Vans

Rental of wheelchairs, scooters, walkers

Adaptive daily living aids and products

Department of Rehabilitation Mobility Evaluation Program

Innovative drinking aid designed to help those living with physical disabilities



Online Exercise Video from Kaiser Vallejo Rehab Center designed specifically for patients with spinal cord injuries and presented by an adaptive sports consultant

Physiotherapy exercises for people with spinal cord injuries and other neurological conditions

A for profit organization founded over 25 years ago as an alternative to traditional neurological rehabilitation programs and strive to provide this service in the patients home surroundings

A for profit organization owned and run by Kyle Smith who provides neurological rehabilitation Physical Therapy in the patients home in the South Bay and the Peninsula

For profit subacute care facilities in California, Arizona, Nevada and Colorado offer rehabilitation for traumatic injuries and progressive diseases

Adaptive Physical Education at College of San Mateo

Adaptive Physical Education at DeAnza College

A for profit organization providing exercised based therapy

A for profit organization providing exercised based therapy

A for profit organization based in Florida providing exercised based therapy

The Timpany Center is a non-profit therapeutic facility that is operated by San Jose State University’s Department of Kinesiology from the College of Applied Sciences and Arts in conjunction with the County of Santa Clara. We offer specialized services within a warm water pool, as well as a spa. Both the pool and spa have accessible ramps and small steps. Wheelchairs and walkers are available to use for easy pool and spa entry and transfer.



Government Benefit Information

Social Security Disability benefits

Financial Assistance For Low Income Individuals and Families

Help Hope Live is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit, whose mission is to support community-based fundraising for people with unmet medical and related expenses due to cell and organ transplants or catastrophic injuries and illnesses

Go Fund Me is an online for profit company providing online fund raising resources



Freedom to Live are a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing affordable and accessible housing to individuals who have survived a spinal cord injury (SCI) and desire to live independently in the community

Housing Authority of Santa Clara County – HACSC’s mission is to provide and inspire affordable housing solutions to enable low-income people in Santa Clara County to achieve financial stability and self-reliance

Santa Clara County Housing Search

California Department of Fair Employment and Housing – The mission is to protect Californians from employment, housing and public accommodation discrimination, and hate violence



Independent Living Research Utilization – research, education and consultation in the areas of independent living, home and community-based services, and the Americans with Disabilities Act

National Council on Independent Living

Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living

Silicon Valley Independent Living Center with offices in San Jose and Gilroy

Center for Independent Living in Berkeley

Center for Independent Living in San Mateo

California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (comprehensive list of members)

Independent Living Resource Center of San Francisco

Community Resources for Independent Living, Alameda County

Marin Center for Independent Living

Independent Living Resources for Solano and Contra Costa Counties

Central Coast Center for Independent Living serving Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties

Disability Resources Agency for Independent Living (DRAIL) serving Stanislaus, Amador, Calaveros, Mariposa and Tuolumne Counties

DSLC operates as a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives and advancing the rights of people with disabilities in Sonoma, Napa, Lake and Mendocino counties



SCI Active Network is a non profit organization who have created a network of paras and quads who want to get out and get active. They play sports, they work through common issues, and help each other live the lives they want.

Founded by Roy Tuscany, the Tahoe-based Foundation supports the dreams of mountain action sports athletes by raising injury prevention awareness while providing resources and inspiration to those who suffer life altering injuries.

Traveling as a disabled individual

Travel site created and managed by paraplegic Ashley Lyn Olson

Access Northern California is a non-profit organization working to increase opportunities and improve access to travel and outdoor recreation for people with disabilities and seniors throughout Northern California.

Organizers of recreational activities for the disabled

Access guide to Santa Cruz County

Outdoor Activities Organizers

Theater group, embracing disability-a little risqué

Theater group, not as risqué

Wheelchair rider’s guide to California Coast

Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program for adapted sports and rec activities

Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors

Adapted Recreational Resources- San Francisco Bay Area

California State Parks- Information and Disabled Pass

Disabled Sports USA

Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services in San Jose

Valor Games series provides opportunities for Veterans and service members with disabilities to participate in sports and connect to community providers

Access Able provide information about: disabled travel, wheelchair travel, disabled holidays, disability travel, handicapped travel, accessible travel, accessible travel, vacations for disabled, mature travel.

Disability Travel is a vacation planner and tour operator exclusively for wheelchair travelers, their families and friends

Environmental Traveling Companions – ETC makes the joy and challenge of outdoor adventures accessible to people with disabilities and disadvantaged youth

Flying Wheel Travel is a travel agency for people with physical disabilities, chronic illness or difficulty walking

Mobility International USA empowers people with disabilities to achieve their human rights through international exchange and international development

The Rolling Rains is a service to the travel & hospitality industry. It provides resources on Inclusive Tourism.

Mobility International USA empowers people with disabilities to achieve their human rights through international exchange and international development

Society for Accessible Travel and Hospitality

The Disabled Traveler- Questions to ask before you travel…..

Emerging Horizons magazine

Ride A Wave is an all-volunteer organization that enables kids with special needs to experience the thrill of riding a wave

Very comprehensive repository of articles and relevant web sites devoted traveling with a wheelchair

Adventures From A Wheelchair – Reviews and Videos of wheelchair accessible trails in the San Francisco Bay Area



My Pleasure is a resource for education, information and sexual enhancement products for the disabled

Sexuality and disability information

Dr. Mitch Tepper is a disabled and internationally recognized sexuality educator, disability expert, and pioneer in the application of telemedicine to sexual health



California Institute for Regenerative Medicine

Centerwatch Clinical Trials Listing Service

Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation

The Miami Project Clinical Trials Initiative

National Institutes of Health Spinal Cord Injury Trials

North American Clinical Trials Network

Spinal Cord Injury Information Pages – informative resource for those living with a spinal cord injury or other disabling injuries or diseases of the spine



The rehabilitation center at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

Patterson Network is a web resource based in the South Bay dedicated to everything SCI including Forums, Resources, Blogs and Events Calendar

FACEBOOK – Valley Medical Center Rehabilitation

FACEBOOK – Spinal Cord Injury Peer Support – San Jose, CA

FACEBOOK – Spinal Cord Injury Peer Support Group of Concord, California

spinalinjury101 explains the basics of a spinal cord injury. The site is developed by the Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury and brain injury

Care Cure Community is made up of a very large community of SCI members spread out across the world covering just about every topic imaginable, SCI-trained nurses are also available to answer questions, requires free registration

Quadriplegic and Paraplegic Spinal Cord Injury Support Forum

Founded by Andrew and Kirsten Skinner, The Triumph Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help individuals with Spinal Cord Injury triumph over their disability and to inspire them to keep moving forward with their lives by pushing themselves to get better every day

Founded by Sonny and Jeanette Ali, The Sacramento Spinal Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the life of individuals with spinal cord injuries and their families in Sacramento & Yolo County. Their goal is to raise awareness of this disability, provide resources and financial assistance to SCI individuals for intensive physical & occupation therapy rehabilitation.

Founded by Arthur Renowitzky, Life Goes On Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help individuals deal with challenges in life with positivity, knowledge and athleticism.

The University of Alabama Birmingham Spinal Cord Injury Model System (UAB-SCIMS) offers educational materials and information on services along with links to national organizations, government agencies, commercial products, and educational resources related to spinal cord injury

The Miami Project is the world’s most comprehensive spinal cord injury research center, housed in the Lois Pope LIFE Center, a Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The Miami Project’s international team of more than 200 scientists, researchers and clinicians take innovative approaches to the challenge of spinal cord injury

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy, available in various languages

The United Spinal Association is the nation’s oldest and largest civilian organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for hundreds of thousands of Americans living with the results of spinal cord injury and disease (SCI/D) and their families, founded in 1948 contains disability-related resources on programs, services, laws and regulations to help people with disabilities lead full, independent lives

Paralyzed Veterans of America

Shepherd Center, Atlanta, GA Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation

Tips & tricks from people with SCI

New Mobility is a magazine for active wheel chair users

Canine Companions for Independence

Re-defining Disabled Art Project

Endless Ability Enterprises provides male and female apparel specifically designed for the disabled

3ELove is a social entrepreneurial experiment to change the perception of disability



Ability Tools, formerly the AT Network, is California’s Assistive Technology Act Program. We provide a variety of services for Californians with disabilities of all ages

Mobility Products Reviews

Dragon Voice Recognition software runs on Windows and Mac. Works best with a USB headset.

App for finding wheelchair-accessible parking space & toilets

The Accessibility Engineering Team at Google focuses on conducting research sessions with users with all types of disabilities in order to gather valuable feedback and make Google products more accessible.



Funds & Grants for wheelchair-modified vehicles

Access Paratransit – Santa Clara County & Interactive Paratransit Site

Metropolitan Transportation Commission for the Bay Area

San Mateo County transportation services for the disabled



Department of Rehabilitation offering programs to re-train disabled individuals and help them secure employment

Project Hired assists individuals with disabilities to gain and to sustain employment

SCHEDULE A – Tips for Applicants with Disabilities on Getting Federal Jobs is a federal Web site that contains disability-related resources on programs, services, laws and regulations to help people with disabilities lead full, independent lives

Disability Benefits 101 gives tools and information on employment, health coverage, and benefits to plan ahead and learn how work and benefits go together


*Resources compiled by VMC’s Peer Supporters and The Patterson-Net.