ASCIP 2021 Conference & Expo Moving to New Date and Location:
Announcement to Come

As COVID-19 continues to impact our daily lives and future plans, we know there are many questions about the plans for the upcoming ASCIP Annual Conference scheduled for September 5-7 in San Diego. Our survey of members and past meeting attendees showed that there is enthusiasm for an in-person meeting this year, and we are excited to provide you with this experience this fall.

However, after careful consideration and numerous conversations with the meeting venue and city, holding the ASCIP Annual Conference in San Diego, CA in early September is not an option.

This decision was not made lightly. There are ongoing travel restrictions in California and uncertainty around when they may be lifted. The good news is, that we are pleased to announce that we will be going to San Diego in 2023, so please mark your calendars.

We recognize that attending ASCIP Conference requires a lot of planning, from booking travel to scheduling time away. The new location and dates will be announced in the coming weeks to give you as much lead time as possible to make your plans. Information about options for virtual participation in the conference will also be made available prior to opening registration in June.

Thank you for your patience with us as we finalize the plans for the conference – we hope to see you all this fall!

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.

Congratulations to Our 2020 ASCIP Award Winners!


A Message from Our Membership Committee


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 Kennelly

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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