About the Connecticut Spinal Cord Injury Association...

General Information

The Spinal Cord Injury Association of Connecticut (SCIACT), a chapter of United Spinal is a group of individuals that join together with the hopes of improving the lives of people who have been affected by a spinal related injury or disease within the state of Connecticut. The SCIACT is a non-profit (501c3) organization and has been in existence for over 35 years now.

The SCIACT strives to empower spinal cord injured individuals and the disability community to become active members of the community, lead an independent lifestyle and improve the quality of the lives of others.

The SCIACT has evolved throughout the years. The corporate office and board meeting continue to be held at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford, CT. However, the chapter has begun to communicate and serve the community through more the web, email and social media outlets. The chapter continues to provide quarterly newsletters with SCI related information in research, advocacy and health.

SCIACT continues to add support groups across the state of Connecticut. Currently, there are monthly meeting at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, Hospital for Special Care and Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital. Meetings are open to the individuals with SCI as well as friends and family. Contact information as well as dates and topics are located on the Support Group link under the services tab. Under the services tab you can also find information on the SCIACT peer assistant program.

In addition SCIACT continues to education the community on preventing spinal cord injury through the ThinkFirst program. For more information on the program contact the chapter office. The program is always looking for spinal cord injury survivors to tell their story in order to prevent spinal cord injury. This is a team of people, which include nurses, therapists, paraplegics, and quadriplegics that go to schools and educate students on prevention and safety.

SCIACT provides a Quality of Life grant to help offset some of the financial hardship that comes with spinal cord injury. The SCIACT can also provide families with information on other resources that can be accessed for assistance when the cost of a medical hardship becomes too difficult.

Services and resources provided are free of charge. The SCIACT is operated by dedicated, creative, and hardworking volunteers. The Board of Directors meets on the second Wednesday of every month. If you are interested in serving on a committee or want to attend a board meeting, please feel free to contact the office at the number listed below.

Spinal Cord Injury Association of Connecticut,
A Chapter of United Spinal

Gaylord Hospital
PO Box 400, Gaylord Farms Road
Wallingford, CT, 06492

Mission Statement

The mission of the Connecticut Spinal Cord Injury Association (SCIACT), a Chapter of United Spinal is to support those with spinal related injuries or diseases and their families by being an advocate for their rights while serving as a resource to its members and the general public.

The SCIACT will provide individual support and furnish information to afford greater awareness of disabilities, spinal cord research, prevention and education. In addition, the SCIACT will provide activities and events with the goal of empowering its members.

Become a Member

Becoming a member of SCIACT allows you access to the benefits we have to offer to the Spinal Cord Injured community.

As a member of the Chapter you will receive our quarterly newsletter. It contains timely articles by some of the most prominent rehab professionals in Connecticut and around the world, news of up-coming events and other vital information on the Chapter's Services. (Click Here to view our Archives, as well as other website articles featured here on www.sciact.org.)

Currently, the latest copy of the Resource Directory is available on the website by going to the Home tab and clicking on the Resource Directory link. However, as a member you may request a copy delivered to you. The Resource Directory offers a vast amount of information, including: health care providers and facilities, councilors, adaptive technology, and more. This ongoing effort of the SCIACT has over 200 pages of invaluable data and has taken years to compile.

How to Become a Member:

  • Call (203) 284-2910 and request a membership form be sent to you.
  • Fill out our online Membership Form and submit.

SCIA CT Board Members

Executive Board

  • Bill Mancini, President
  • Tim Fournier, First Vice President
  • Hiram Gonzalez, Treasurer
  • Diana Pernigotti, Secretary
  • Todd Johnston, V.P. Resources
  • Erin Prastine, V.P. Education
  • Ann Dwyer, V.P. Services
  • Joe Uccello, V.P. of Advocacy
  • **currently V.P. of Development, Membership and Communications are vacant.

Board of Directors

  • Jeff Dion
  • Ann Dwyer
  • Tim Fournier
  • Hiram Gonzalez
  • Ray Gorneault
  • Christa Green
  • Todd Johnston
  • Jayne Kleinman
  • Erin Lampron
  • Bill Mancini
  • Gina Mancini
  • Mike Mancini
  • Jenna Murphy
  • Erika Ozdemirer
  • Diana Pernigotti
  • Brian Tronsky
  • Joe Uccello

SCIA CT Support Group Contacts

  • Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Support Group: Erin Lampron
  • Mt. Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital Support Group: Paige McCullough-Casiano
  • Hospital for Special Care Support Group: Jenna Murphy and Christa Green

***Anyone who is interested in attending a board meeting or looking to volunteer on a committee, please call the SCIACT office number.***

Spinal Cord Injury Association of Connecticut,
A Chapter of United Spinal

Gaylord Hospital
PO Box 400, Gaylord Farms Road
Wallingford, CT, 06492

  Upcoming Events

   A SCIACT Success Story: Meet Nicole
5.24.2017 8:00 pm

   CT Adaptive Rowing Program Orientation
5.24.2017 5:00 pm

5.24.2017 7:10 am

   Across Disability Support Group in Bristol
4.27.2017 6:00 pm

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  Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Spinal Cord Injury Association of Connecticut
PO Box 400, Gaylord Farms Road
Wallingford, CT, 06492