Resources for Those with Chiari Malformation, Syringomyelia and Related Disorders

Those with Chiari malformation, syringomyelia and related disorders sometimes need help with tasks such as applying for social security benefits. The following is a collection of resources and valuable information that you may find helpful. Please consult a healthcare provider or legal professional before following any medical or legal advice found on these and any other websites.


Chronic Pain

  • American Chronic Pain Association - Since 1980, the ACPA has offered peer support and education in pain management skills to people with pain, family and friends, and health care professionals.
  • American Academy of Pain Management - The American Academy of Pain Management (the Academy) is a non-profit organization that educates clinicians about pain and its management through an integrative interdisciplinary approach.
  • Pain Management Specialists - Information on pain management for chronic back pain, pain management techniques, and pain management specialists
  • A World of Information on Pain - is a unique online resource offering the most up-to-date pain and pain management information on a variety of different topics written by medical professionals for both the consumer and healthcare specialist.

Disability Information

  • Social Security Disability Benefits - Get answers to many questions about Social Security disability benefits including how to find out if you are eligible, how to apply and the difference between SSDI and SSI.
  • Benefits for People with Disabilities - The Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability programs are the largest of several Federal programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities.
  • National Organization on Disability - The National Organization on Disability (NOD) is a private, non-profit organization that promotes the full participation of America’s 54 million people with disabilities in all aspects of life.
  • Office of Disability Employment Policy - Provides national leadership on disability employment policy by developing and influencing the use of evidence-based disability employment policies and practices, building collaborative partnerships, and delivering authoritative and credible data on employment of people with disabilities.



  • Epilepsy Foundation - Trusted, family-led organization that works to accelerate research and educate individuals about epilepsy, what triggers seizures and much more.

Genetics Information


Medical Equipment/HOME ADAPTATION


  • DrugWatch - Comprehensive web site database featuring extensive information about thousands of different medications and drugs currently on the market or previously available worldwide.
  • Prescription Drug Dependency - If you or your loved one is struggling with a dependency to medication, please visit this resource. *Note: This is a local Staten Island, NY (and surrounding areas) resource for those struggling with addiction. For other local resources such as this, please send an inquiry to .
  • Drug Rehab Connections - We are a starting point to finding individuals and families help that are battling addiction
  • OxyContin Withdrawal - When a person stops abusing OxyContin, uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms like nausea and depression can set in, but help is available


  • Neurology Now , an official publication of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), provides patients and their caregivers with credible, up-to-the-minute, balanced coverage of the latest advances in neurology research and treatment.


  • Airports and Special Needs Travel: A Complete Guide - When travelling by plane, a good part of your trip is spent at airports. In fact, on many trips you spend more time at an airport than you do flying. When traveling with a child who has special needs every step you take needs to be very carefully planned.
  • Traveling with a Medical Condition - The essential guide to traveling with a medical condition
  • CheapOair Traveling with Disabilities - Resources for children and adults with physical disabilities who are going to be traveling. ( Thank you to Ms. Phillips' kids for finding such a wonderful resource for people with disabilities!)
  • Access-Able Travel Source - Provides information about: disabled travel, wheelchair travel, disabled holidays, disability travel, handicapped travel, accessible travel, vacations for disabled, and mature travel.
  • Disabled Travel Network - Accessible travel resources for wheelchair users and mobility-impaired people
  • Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality - The Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality (SATH), founded in 1976, is an educational nonprofit membership organization whose mission is to raise awareness of the needs of all travelers with disabilities, remove physical and attitudinal barriers to free access and expand travel opportunities in the United States and abroad.

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Revised 4/2018

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