Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) For people living with chronic illness or pain, others often have difficulty understanding, because to them you do not "look" sick or in pain. IDA is a nonprofit organization that helps friends and family discover what to say, what not to say, and how to help someone living with a debilitating illness!
Under the Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) National Disability ID Initiative, the IDA is pursuing legislation in every state that will allow for voluntary disclosure on government IDs for anyone with any disability, illness, or chronic pain. No personal information is stored on the ID to protect the privacy of the individual and their specific disability. The symbol provides DMV recognition of the person's disability and the need for possible accommodations. Alaska is the first state to have passed this much needed legislation (http://doa.alaska.gov/dmv/akol/designator.htm) with the passing of House Bill 16 on May 15, 2017. The IDA is currently working directly with legislators across the nation to advance this initiative.
National Scoliosis Foundation (NSF) is a patient-led nonprofit organization dedicated since 1976 to helping children, parents, adults, and health-care providers to understand the complexities of spinal deformities such as scoliosis.
Scoliosis & Spine Center of Maryland the Towson Orthopaedic Associates' Scoliosis and Spine Center of the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center, is the Mid-Atlantic's leading center of excellence for the care and treatment of disorders of the spine and neck. Updated
Scoliosis Research Society is a non-profit, professional organization, made up of physicians and allied health personnel. Our primary focus is on providing continuing medical education for health care professionals and on funding/supporting research in spinal deformities. Founded in 1966, the SRS has gained recognition as one of the world's premier spine societies. Strict membership criteria ensure that the individual Fellows support that commitment. The purpose of the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) is to foster the optimal care of all patients with spinal deformities.