United Spinal Association has released a call for nominations for its November 10th virtual member awards event, which will be the culmination of the organization’s 2022 StrongWheeled Together campaign celebrating the power of community building and raising awareness of the impact of people with disabilities throughout society.

The #StrongWheeled Together Awards Event will highlight the accomplishments of people with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D) in entrepreneurship and innovation, youth community organizing, the visual arts, the performing arts, and sports and recreation.

“We are looking for candidates who have overcome obstacles to erase the stigmatization of people with disabilities and strengthen the inclusion of wheelchair users in our society,” says Vincenzo Piscopo, United Spinal’s president and CEO.

“We want to recognize enthusiastic, up-and-coming individuals living with SCI/D who are advancing their abilities to reach new levels of success,” Piscopo adds.

During the event, United Spinal will present awardees with a grant honoring their passion for their craft, career, and community.

Submit Nominations

To submit nominations, visit United Spinal Association.

Individuals can nominate others or themselves. All nominees must be wheelchair users and/or people with SCI/D living in the United States and its territories over the age of 13.

Nominations will close on May 1, and the contest will enter its judging phase where a United Spinal panel will select candidates to advance to later stages of the prize competition. Top candidates will be asked to craft a three-minute video displaying their body of work and discussing their background and disability journey.

The candidate videos will be spotlighted on social media to crowdsource votes from the public to select the final winners and highlight rising stars in the SCI/D community. 

Winners will receive their award at the November 10th event, which will bring together United Spinal’s members, valued partners and luminaries from the fields represented by the awards.

StrongWheeled Together

Educational and outreach initiatives around mental health and wellness, fitness and athletics, and emergency preparedness drive the #StrongWheeled Together campaign.

The campaign draws its strength from the grassroots connections and personal stories that center on the journey from injury to rehabilitation and independence.

#StrongWheeled Together is part of the ongoing dialogue on the value of diversity and inclusion, based on SCI/D community’s lived experiences and contributions to American society.

[Source(s): United Spinal Association, PR Newswire]