was founded in 1986 responding to needs experienced by individuals with spinal cord injury and families. Meeting those needs with information and referral services is the purpose of Spinal Cord Injury Network International. The organization is a 501(c)3 charity.
Spinal Cord Injury Network International (SCINI) founded in 1986 by Lennice Ambrose, the bundle of energy and driving force behind the organization. In 1985, her son, Richard Madariaga life and that of their family changed dramatically when Richard received a spinal cord injury T8 paraplegic following a car accident.
SCINI first located in the home of the Ambrose/Madariaga Family, in response to the needs of individuals and families experiencing trauma resulting in spinal cord injury. An 800-548-2673 was installed in family kitchen.
Internal Revenue Service determined SCINI is a 501(c)3 non-profit publicly supported organization. By 1987, SCINI expanded to its current facility and created the Resource Center. SCINI developed out of the unmet needs experienced by individuals and families.
In over 30 years, SCINI has ballooned in size assisting thousands of people with its scope of services. SCINI is dedicated to injury prevention, quality medical care, research and improvement of the quality of life for people with spinal cord injury. The Network provides practical services and emotional support assisting in the transition from hospital to home and re-entry into the community at no cost.
SCINI is a leader in information dissemination, networking and support for people living with spinal cord injury tragedy.
SCINI maintains a Resource Center providing opportunity to access technical information related to spinal cord injury and disease, disability issues, employment, accessibility, social entitlements, resources, adaptive recreation, independent living, adaptive equipment, travel, and much more!
The newly disabled and families are faced with frustrations, demanding tasks of discovering what to do and where to find answers. SCINI helps by offering a unique opportunity relevant to persons with disabilities, personal care assistants and healthcare professionals. SCINI continues to maintain toll free 1-800-548-2673.
Adjusting to new limitations of their body, while coping with emotional trauma and societal barriers is difficult. SCINI offers a perspective that only those who have “been there” can give. The organization is committed to helping people with spinal cord injury make necessary personal adjustments, by helping them remember that they are still the same person, except now with more challenges. The encouragement and example of those who have had their injury for some time can challenge and open the minds of those recently disabled to new possibilities.
30 years later her son, Richard Madariaga always has a positive attitude and is known for his willingness to help others.