November 17, 2010
Dear Professional Colleague:
Due to circumstances beyond our control, Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) regrets to
inform you that we have decided to discontinue our involvement in the Academy of Spinal Cord
Injury Professionals (Academy).
As you know, PVA has made a significant investment of time and resources in supporting the
Academy and the educational activities of the Congress of Spinal Cord Medicine over the past
two years. We respect the desire of the Academy leadership to completely control the future
direction of the organization, but as our vision of the relationship was that of a true partnership,
we have decided that our interests lie in a different direction. We value the opportunity that we
had to work with the Academy governance board and its members, and wish the Academy
leadership well in future endeavors.
Paralyzed Veterans of America will continue to aggressively advocate for advancements in
spinal cord medicine and support the health-care professionals associated with this vitally
important field, by promoting educational and networking opportunities. As PVA moves forward
with our plans, we will, of course, keep you informed. Please be on the lookout for further
communication from us about these developments, as well as events of interest to all spinal cord
injury/disorder (SCI/D) clinicians.
Your professional interest in serving the SCI/D population continues to be important to
Paralyzed Veterans of America. We would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to
contact us with any questions regarding this separation. You can do so by emailing
For 64 years we have worked with SCI/D professionals to maximize the quality of life all
individuals with SCI/D experience and to promote disability rights. We look forward to working
with you for many future decades to improve health outcomes for all people with SCI/D.
Bill Lawson Homer S. Townsend, Jr.
National President Executive Director
Chartered by the Congress of the United States
801 Eighteenth Street, NW Washington, DC 20006-3517
phone:(202) 872-1300 tdd:(202)416-7622 fax:(202) 785-4452 www.pva.org