ASCIP “Many Minds…One Vision”

ASCIP membership provides medical professionals advanced learning opportunities and professional networking that enhances your professional interests, as well as those of your patients and their families. ASCIP is a not for profit incorporated association comprised of 4 professional sections: American Paraplegia Society (APS), Association of Spinal Cord Injury Nurses (ASCIN), Psychologists, Social Workers & Counselors (PSWC) and Therapy Leadership Council (TLC).

Mission Statement – To optimize the health and wellness of individuals with SCI/D through advanced interdisciplinary education, professional development and scientific research.

Call for abstracts NOW OPEN! 

2020 Educational Conference & Expo
“One Vision on the Magnificent Mile!”
Chicago, IL
September 6-9, 2020

Abstract Submission Deadline:
 EXTENDED: January 28, 2020 Midnight, CST

Preferred Conference Themes – other topics will be considered.
  • Living well after SCI Resilience/appraisal, eating well/weight management/metabolic considerations, whole health, sports/recreation and adaptive athletics, accessing community care, sexual health
  • Emerging Treatments – examples include implanted stimulators, stem cell utility, opioid alternatives, robotics
  • Ethical Dilemmas at all stages of SCI
  • Community based Healthcare/Therapy
If you have any PROGRAM Questions, contact: Samantha Adams – 2020 Academy Program Committee Chair adamsgirlsam1@gmail.com 
If you have any TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE questions for the online system contact: Michael Cheatham – mcheatham@firminc.com, 217-753-1190 Ext 173
If you have any GENERAL CONFERENCE or MEMBERSHIP Questions contact: Josh Marx- jmarx@firminc.com, (217)-321-2488, Ext. 112
You do not need to be an ASCIP member to submit an abstract.
One of the many strengths of the Academy is its multidisciplinary membership. As a urologist, the fusion of energy created by the various disciplines focusing on spinal cord injury is tremendous. I find the integrated scientific research possibilities, state-of-the-art annual meetings and networking opportunities invaluable.

Michael J. Kennelly, MD, FACS
Director at Charlotte Continence Center, McKay Department of Urology

Professional Sections

The Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (ASCIP) is an interdisciplinary organization dedicated to advancing the care of people with spinal cord injury/disorder (SCI/D).


The APS is dedicated to improving the quality of care delivered to persons with spinal cord impairment. The mission of the American Paraplegia Society is to advance spinal cord medicine through state of the art education, dissemination of information, and promotion of research and advocacy.

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The Academy’s Psychologists, Social Workers & Counselors Section, American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Psychologists, Social Workers & Counselors, specializes in the provision of psychosocial services to meet the cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioral needs of persons affected by spinal cord impairment.

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The Academy Spinal Cord Injury Nurses section, formerly known as the American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Nurses, believes that spinal cord impairment and related disorders are multifaceted, catastrophic experiences for individuals that have implications for families, significant others and society as a whole.

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Therapy Leadership Council began in 2004 as a small meeting of VA SCI therapists. The meeting was held in Seattle, Washington and was sponsored by a grant from the United Spinal Association. TLC’s meeting eventually became a parallel meeting with the Congress on Spinal Cord Injury Medicine.

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Institutional Member Recognition