Belleville, Ill. (PRWEB) September 24, 2012
Thousands of Americans will experience new disabilities of the spinal cord this year, either through traumatic injury such as a fall, or from a diagnosis of a disease such as multiple sclerosis.
Allsup, a nationwide provider of services for people with disabilities, is pleased to collaborate with the National MS Society, the United Spinal Association and its membership services division, the National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA), during Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month in September. Individuals can visit with the organizations and download information during the Allsup True Help® Disability Web Expo, Sept. 27.
More than 222,000 Americans are living with spinal cord injuries caused by accidents, such as vehicle wrecks and falls. More than 12,000 Americans experience new spinal cord injuries each year caused by accidents. Another large category of those dealing with spinal cord disorders is multiple sclerosis, which attacks the nervous system and spinal cord. More than 400,000 American live with this disease. Other diseases that affect the spinal cord include spina bifida, polio and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease).
The NSCIA has a variety of initiatives to make the transition easier. Allsup is a sponsor of the NSCIA’s New Beginning initiative, which distributes backpacks to people newly injured or diagnosed with disorders such as multiple sclerosis when they leave hospitals and rehabilitation facilities. The backpacks provide tools and resources to improve their quality of life. They include information on mobility and medical equipment, disability benefits, accessible housing, leisure and travel, healthcare and more.
“Our New Beginning initiative ensures people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders are equipped with the knowledge and resources to pursue the lives they choose," said Paul J. Tobin, president and CEO of United Spinal Association. “United Spinal believes that 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.”
Allsup can also help with the transition. Many people are unable to return to work while they concentrate on rehabilitation. For those who can’t work for 12 months or more, applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits as soon as possible can help them secure a monthly income and qualify for Medicare health insurance coverage.
Allsup advises people with spinal cord injuries to seek assistance early in the disability application process.
“Disorders of the back were the impairments most frequently denied at the initial level and subsequently allowed at the hearing level,” said Tai Venuti, Allsup’s manager of Strategic Alliances, citing a 2010 Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General report. “This points to the importance of getting help with your SSDI claim from the very beginning, especially if you have a musculoskeletal condition."
“The OIG report concluded that some individuals may not have had to attend a hearing and could have received their allowance 500 days sooner if they had a representative early in the process.”
For more information on SSDI and spinal health, visit with experts from NSCIA, National MS Society and Allsup at the True Help® Disability Web Expo Sept. 27. Register today at WebExpo.Allsup.com. The Expo will be available on-demand through Dec. 26.
About UNnited Spinal Association
United Spinal is a national 501(c) (3) nonprofit membership organization formed in 1946 by paralyzed veterans and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all Americans with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D), including multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, ALS and post-polio syndrome. Membership is free and is open to all individuals with SCI/D.
Allsup is a nationwide provider of Social Security disability, Medicare and Medicare Secondary Payer compliance services for individuals, employers and insurance carriers. Founded in 1984, Allsup employs more than 800 professionals who deliver specialized services supporting people with disabilities and seniors so they may lead lives that are as financially secure and as healthy as possible. The company is based in Belleville, Ill., near St. Louis. Visit http://www.Allsup.com or connect with Allsup at http://www.facebook.com/Allsupinc.