NEW YORK, May 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — United Spinal Association
has announced the inclusion of Users First as a new program that
advocates for improved access to seating and mobility equipment by
empowering wheelchair users, clinicians, and providers.
Users First, formerly Users First™ Alliance – a national
non-profit formed in 2007, focuses on uniting and strengthening the
voice of mobility device consumers, such as wheelchair users. These
people with disabilities have had limited freedom when choosing
equipment critical to their quality of life and independence due to
government and health insurance company restrictions.
As a program of United Spinal — the single, largest membership
organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with spinal
cord injuries and disorders nationwide — Users First initiatives
will be supported by the organization’s expansive peer support
network, wide-range of national programs, and over 60 years of
experience in the advocacy arena.
“By combining our resources, we are now in position to spark
change in the long-established ‘one-size-fits-all’ mentality when
it comes to mobility equipment,” said Paul J. Tobin, president and
CEO of United Spinal.
“With United Spinal Association’s legacy and strong programs
that infuse our community’s efforts, from grassroots initiatives
and community building to legislative issues, we can offer people
with disabilities comprehensive support and community resources on
a national level never seen before,” said Users First executive
director, Ann Eubank, LMSW, OTR/L, ATP.
“People should not have to sacrifice functional outcomes and
performance when choosing their equipment. We are committed to
ensuring people with disabilities nationwide have access to