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Spinal cord injury: Support and resources

Support services

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute offers support services for people and families living with spinal cord injuries.

  • The Spinal Cord Injury Education and Support Group for inpatients offers spinal cord injury/dysfunction education and an opportunity for peer support related to spinal cord injury adjustment issues. The group meets twice weekly for one hour. Staff includes a social worker, therapeutic recreation specialist, occupational therapist and psychologist as needed. Family and significant others are encouraged to attend and participate.
  • Courage Kenny Grad School offers a free education series for people with spinal cord injuries and their families. Sessions are offered every other month, on a Tuesday evening, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital – second floor, therapy gym, unless otherwise noted. For more information, call 612-863-3201.
  • Spinal Cord System of Care Continuity Clinic follow-up is available from Courage Kenny doctors and therapists who are committed to life-long involvement for spinal cord injury patients. The rehab team works with patients and their families to decide the best follow-up plan and home program to meet continuing, life-long needs. To learn more about annual follow-up appointments for spinal cord injury, talk to your physician or call Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Associates at 612-863-4495.

Additional health services

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute services
Consultation services

Driving and vehicle modifications

After experiencing a spinal cord injury, stroke or brain injury, you will need to be approved by your physician to resume driving. Your doctor may recommend that you go through driver's evaluation and training before getting behind the wheel.

Factors that may affect your ability to drive include change in vision, neglect, coordination, seizures, judgment, paralysis and spasticity.

If driver's evaluation is indicated, you will need to register for driver's education.

Vehicle modification vendors
Handicapped parking permits


Center for Independent Living
Metropolitan Center For Independent Living
Minnesota Housing And Finance Agency
Minneapolis Community Development Agency
Metropolitan Council (METRO HRA)
Home modifications/design
Home modifications/contractors

Medical equipment and supplies

If your wheelchair or mobility scooter needs to be fixed, call Allina Health Home Oxygen & Medical Equipment at 651-628-4800 or 1-800-737-4473.

Allina Health Home Oxygen & Medical Equipment not only offers many kinds of mobility equipment, we also perform wheelchair service and repairs.

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute's Equipment Services – 612-863-5181

  • XSensor Pressure Mapping System to prescribe appropriate cushions
  • Fitting of wheelchairs as required

Additional equipment services and supplies

Wheelchair ramps

Custom wheelchair seating

Medical equipment vendors

Home accessibility consultants

  • Julee Quarve-Peterson, Inc.
    Twin Cities: 612-374-3031
    North MN: 218-387-9293
  • Jane Hampton, CID, CAPS, CEAC