NEW YORK, May 26, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The United Spinal Association announced today that it has acquired AbleThrive to ensure people with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI / D) have better access to resources and support.
In the coming months, United Spinal and AbleThrive will combine their life-improving resources, information and technology on the United Spinal website to create a comprehensive online support network for wheelchair users and other people with mobility impairments.
This will further enhance the reach of United Spinal’s growing membership community, which includes individuals with SCI / D, their family members, friends and healthcare providers.
“As we emerge from this pandemic, it is important that people living with SCI / D receive the best possible support to achieve greater independence. By using AbleThrive’s resources under United Spinal, we can help more people who Overcoming hurdles in life with disabilities, “he said Abby Ross, United Spinal’s chief operating officer.
Since its inception in 2014, AbleThrive’s mission has been to use technology to connect people with SCI / D and their families to disabled support resources that are easily accessible online but difficult to find and navigate.
“We saw great potential in curating and organizing relevant content on our website so people wouldn’t spend hours browsing the web themselves,” said Brittany Déjean, founder and CEO of AbleThrive.
Since its inception, AbleThrive has sourced articles and videos from its partner network of more than 250 organizations, bloggers, hospitals and companies, and organized over 1,500 articles on its website by category and mobility level.
“I’m proud of what we’ve achieved over the past 7 years with the support of our team and community, and as AbleThrive becomes part of United Spinal’s robust resources and services, I’m excited to see how everything we’ve built That working can have an even bigger impact, “added Déjean.
AbleThrive was used as a tool in 15 spinal cord injury rehab centers in 4 countries and featured in the 2017 AT&T documentary “Resolution: Innovative Thinking About Disabilities” as well as in Forbes and NPR.
It was also selected as part of the prestigious Echoing Green Fellowship and Global Good Fund Fellowship, and received a Community Service Award at the South by Southwest Conference.
Via United Spinal Association
Founded in 1946 by paralyzed veterans, United Spinal is a 501 (c) (3) national not for profit dedicated to helping people with Spinal Cord Injury and Disorder (SCI / D), including veterans, thrive and fulfill To make life possible. Membership is free and open to everyone with SCI / D. Over 53,000 members in 50 chapters across the country. Known for its revolutionary advocacy efforts, United Spinal played an important role in drafting the Disabled Americans Act, made major contributions to the Fair Housing Change Act and Air Car Access Act, and was instrumental in achieving curbs and ramps accessible public transportation involved New York City, which created the standard accessibility model used in many US cities.
Founded in 2014, AbleThrive is an online platform that connects people with spinal cord injuries and disorders and their families with curated and tailored resources that cover a variety of topics, including life skills, parenting, relationships, activities and travel. In addition to sharing resources, AbleThrive has nurtured a global online community of people who believe in living life to the fullest and changing the way the world sees disability.
Source United Spinal Association