after spinal cord injury is common functionality is affected. objective: to evaluate the functionality of patients with spinal cord injury. method: cross-sectional study by means of the international classification of functionality (icf). 109 adults with spinal cord injury in the city of curitiba, brazil were evaluated. results: the categories most compromised in body were intestines and bladder, sexuality, energy, sleep, emotion and weight. in the domain activities and participation, there was greater difficulty in tasks of bathing, toilet and dressing, self care and leisure. in the domain environmental factors, the categories classified as facilitators were: medications, orthoses and wheelchair, attitude of family, transport, social foresight and health services. the categories classified as barriers were: attitude of authorities, social attitudes, education and work. conclusion: the application of the icf in persons with spinal cord injury demonstrated a series of disabilities and limitations.