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,  acquiring a mortgage, remodeling a home, or traveling. 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.



  • The Brain Donor Project – Donating a brain to neuroscience research is one of th emost powerful ways an individual can contribute to the advancement of science– whether or not that person’s brain is impacted by any disease. So-called “unaffected controls” or “healthy brains” are also needed for comparative science. Learn more about the critical need for this precious resource and begin the process of becoming a brain donor at


  • Helpful Items for Chronic Pain – “Here is a list of items that I have found to assist me as I have navigated a life of chronic pain. I am passing this forward in the hopes that something on the list might also help you gain some relief or happiness. I don’t work for any of these companies, so I assure you I have no personal gain. I wish you the best in your journey!” – Ellen Icochea (Patient – Greater Metropolitan Washington Area)
  • The Comprehensive Guide to Back and Neck Pain: Causes, Relief and Treatment– In this guide, we look at back pain relief, back pain treatment, and the causes behind it.
  • 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.


  • How To Use ADA Requirements To Modify Your Home for Accessibility – ADA accessibility requirements help make your home safer and more accommodating for people with limited mobility. Here are some modifications you can make.
  • Mobility Guide – We help people find their best mobility solutions. We have a vast amount of information that can help you in the mobility buying process.
  • Debt And Disability: Financial Recovery Resources For People With Disabilities – People with disabilities often face unique challenges — the most pervasive of which are financial. This segment of the population is a disproportionate percentage of the unemployed, making up what is known as the “disability employment gap.” This challenge, among others, can lead to overwhelming levels of debt. However, there are steps that people with disabilities can take to recover and improve their financial situation.
  • Universal Design for Accessible Backyards – If you live with someone who has a disability, your home probably has everything you need to accommodate their auditory, visual, sensory or mobility issues indoors. But what about your garden or deck?
  • Disability Accommodation Request Letter – If you need an accommodation in your living space and need to submit an official request to their landlord, this template will help you. In addition to the request letter template, the article also features a bunch of tips to help the process go as smoothly as possible, as well as covers tenant rights and what you can do if your requests aren’t taken seriously or granted.
  • How to Teach Children About Disabilities and Inclusion – Teaching youth to share and accept each other’s differences is part of building an inclusive culture that shields students with disabilities from bullying.
  • The Definitive Guide to Disability Inclusion in the Workplace – This guide explores the key aspects of disability in the workplace in depth, providing insight into how inclusive company policies and working styles tend to be (or tend not to be), as well as showcasing key data.
  • Medicaid Long Term Care Eligibility Requirements Finder – Medicaid long term care eligibility criteria varies with the applicant, state and specific Medicaid program. Answer a few questions and receive your specific requirements.
  • The Ultimate Guide to Finding and Renting Housing with Disabilities – If you or a loved one live with a disability, finding and renting the right housing can feel like an uphill battle. But there is no reason to go it alone.
  • Career Guide for People with Disabilities – Everything you need to know about navigating the pathway to employment as an individual with a disability.
  • Social Security Application Process– We outline the basic steps of applying for Social Security Disability benefits and explain issues you may face while seeking approval of your claim
  • Tax Tips for the Legally Disabled– Information from TurboTax on payments and benefits, disability tax credit, home modifications, and care expenses.
  • Refinance and Mortgage Guide for People with Disabilities– To provide the most relevant and essential resources needed to navigate the myriad of red tape and sometimes rigid processes regularly associated with real estate purchases.
  • Social Security and Disability Resource Center– Provides a detailed overview of how the federal disability system works (social security disability and SSI) and also provides answers to many questions that applicants typically have, but often have trouble finding answers to.
  • The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA)–  Encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate.
  • Americans with Disabilities Act– Your gateway to information about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • 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.
  • How to Find a Disability Attorney– This information may help claimants with Chiari malformation and related disorders find an attorney.
  • Disabled Facilities Grants (United Kingdom)– This website provides information for disabled persons in the UK to find grants for disability devices like stairlifts.


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


  • Limitless Medical Logs– All-in-one medical logs for patients battling a health condition to help track their pain and symptoms, daily. The logs will provide daily, accurate tracking to enhance your dialogue with a physician to better build a treatment plan. Developed from personal experience by a Chiari patient, the goal of the company is to help every person take full control of their health.



  • DrugWatch– Comprehensive web site database featuring extensive information about thousands of different medications and drugs currently on the market or previously available worldwide.
  • Drug Rehab Connections– We are a starting point to finding individuals and families help that are battling addiction


  • 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.


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Revised on 2/2023