Learning to cope with a spinal cord injury may be the biggest challenge ever faced by an SCI patient and his or her family. It is good to know that you are not alone in such a difficult situation. SCI support groups provide the opportunity to make friends with people undergoing similar challenges and also offer the opportunity to learn more about SCI and how to deal with it.
Different SCI groups have different focuses. For example, some groups focus on helping people recently injured cope with their altered lifestyle, while other groups focus on providing recreational activities for people with SCI. If you have the opportunity, investigate several SCI groups before deciding which you want to join. Some people may find that they benefit from belonging to more than one group.
Because support groups change or disband without notice, please call ahead to get the group’s latest information before you make a trip to their meeting place. We have endeavored to make the following list of SCI groups in the state of Washington as complete as possible
If you cannot find an SCI group in your area, you may want to consider establishing one. The National Spinal Cord Injury Association offers helpful information on starting your own group, including information on starting a chapter of their organization:https://unitedspinal.org/
Northwest Spinal Injury Network
Meets the first Monday of the month at 7 pm in the rehab unit meeting room.
St. Joseph Hospital
2901 Squalicum Parkway
Bellingham, WA 98225
Patrick Madsen 360-303-619
SCI Support Meetings
Please call for information on this group.
The SCI Forum at the UW Medical Center is a monthly presentation series that provides information and support to SCI consumers.
Cafeteria Conference Room B/C
University of Washington Medical Center
1959 NE Pacific Street
Seattle, Washington, 98195
Cynthia Salzman 206-685-3999
SCI Support and Information Group
This group meets on the third Thursday of every month from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Harborview Medical Center.
325 Ninth Ave.
Spinal Cord Injury Peer Support Group
This group meets on the third Wednesday of the month from 3:30 – 5 p.m.
St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute
711 S Cowley St
Spokane, Washington, 99202
Phone: (509) 880-1321
Cynthia Moore 509-473-6681
Vancouver Spinal Injury Group
Please call for more information on this group.