Disability advocacy groups are comprised of people working together to provide resources and promote full community participation for people with spinal cord injuries and other disabilities. This list includes the top consumer education and family resource centers, disability-rights advocacy organizations, and foundations that support spinal cord injury recovery.
The ThinkFirst Foundation, provides injury prevention programs nation-wide to youth and teens. Formally known as the National Head and Spinal Cord Injury Prevention Program, ThinkFirst was established in 1986 to prevent traumatic through education, research and policy.
The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) were also key in the creation of program due to their concern for their patients with brain and spinal cord injuries. These groups shared the belief that prevention is the only cure, and that neurosurgeons had the duty to try to prevent these traumatic injuries. The program has many nation-wide local chapters sponsored by neurosurgeons committed to public education and injury prevention. The replicable program materials consist of a teen-oriented program, reinforcement materials, and a program to influence public attitudes and legislative policy.