The Hudson Valley Chapter of United Spinal, a non-profit (501c3) organization, is a united effort of dedicated individuals committed to enhancing the lives of people with spinal cord injury/disease, their families and those who provide their care.
The Hudson Valley Chapter’s Mission is HOPE:
H – Health & Wellness after SCI/D
O – Opportunity to fulfill goals and dreams
P – Peer Support
E – Empowering individuals to achieve independence
We are committed to providing active-lifestyle information, peer support and advocacy that empower individuals to achieve their highest potential in all facets of life. Whether leaving rehab after sustaining a spinal cord injury, learning to live with symptoms of a spinal cord disorder, or having spent years of frustration coping with disability, we provide members guidance and resources on a variety of topics such as employment, affordable housing, transportation, health care, home- and community-based independent living, education, peer support, and leisure and recreation.
The Chapter’s home base is at Helen Hayes Hospital, therefore once you become a member of the Hudson Valley Chapter you will have access to all that HHH has to offer to the SCI/D community, including the Adapted Sports and Recreation Program. This program includes introductory clinics to such sports as: hand cycling, sailing, rowing, skiing, softball, golfing, rock climbing, adapted yoga and gardening and many more. HHH also offers access to the Peer Mentoring Program & monthly SCI support groups. A peer mentor can make a tremendous difference in how successfully someone adjusts to spinal cord injury, effectively helping to restore a person’s self-confidence and coping skills and providing a new social network.
Matthew Castelluccio, President
Lori Meszler, Treasurer
Ashley Manzano, Secretary
Board of Directors:
About United Spinal Association
United Spinal Chapters are self-dependent organizations that share the goals of the United Spinal Association and support them within a specified geographical region. They support the spinal cord injury/disease community in many different ways: by promoting health and well-being, promoting inclusion and independence, organizing local events and projects, advocating for rights and accessibility, and offering information and support to their chapter communities.
United Spinal was founded in 1946 by a determined group of paralyzed WWII veterans in New York City who advocated for greater civil rights and independence for themselves and their fellow veterans. Rejecting the poor treatment they received at their local VA hospital, they decided to form a support group. From these modest beginnings, United Spinal was born. Since then, United Spinal’s core belief has remained unchanged. Despite living with SCI/D, a full, productive, and rewarding life is within the reach of anyone with the strength to believe it and the courage to make it happen.
Today, United Spinal is the largest non-profit organization dedicated to helping people living with SCI/D. Helen Hayes Hospital has been working closely with United Spinal Association for the past 15 years and we are extremely proud to now be an official chapter of this organization.