The Spina Bifida Association of the National Capital Area (SBANCA) is a person-to-person, family-to-family network of people who have been touched by spina bifida. Many of us are parents of children with spina bifida. Others are adults who have spina bifida. All of the board members are volunteers, and most either have spina bifida or have lived with a family member with spina bifida. We serve the spina bifida community in the Washington, DC, area, including Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland; Arlington County, Fairfax County, Loudoun County, and Prince William County in Virginia; and the city of Alexandria.
Sometimes children and adults with spina bifida feel that they are alone with the unique challenges they face. SBANCA’s goal is to help those in the spina bifida community to get to know each other, share experiences, and learn from one another. We do this at our monthly support group meetings and at our three yearly social events. We also have a loan closet where people can bring gently used durable medical equipment, and new consumable medical supplies to share with others.