Spinal Cord Injury Alberta

Spinal Cord Injury Alberta Look for our virtual Facebook Groups to learn more. Spinal Cord Injury Alberta, formerly (Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta)) was founded in 1961.
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SCI Alberta is a charity, non-profit that offers free consultations, referrals and support to clients and their social networks to achieve independence and full community participation. About Us

Since 1945, the Canadian Paraplegic Association has been helping Canadians with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities. Started by a core group of WWII veterans in Ontario, the association h

as expanded to include offices in almost every province. Since then, it has been a leader in offering support, direct service, information and advocacy to Albertans with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities. Our Mission

To assist persons with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities to achieve independence, self-reliance and full community participation. Whether it be assisting a newly spinal cord injured child or adult, lobbying for better public transportation, or helping to create a more inclusive community, SCI Alberta embraces the approach that there is more than one way. Vision

Albertans with spinal cord injury and other physical disabilities will enjoy optimal physical, spiritual, economic and emotional well-being within fully accessible and welcoming communities free of physical, attitudinal and systemic barriers. This broad vision is shared in many respects with our partner organizations and agencies. Within this context, SCI Alberta strives to deliver the following visionary outcomes:

Albertans with SCI and their families will be aware of and have access to SCI Alberta services and supports

Clients and their families will adjust more successfully to the personal effects of injury and disability

Clients will achieve increased independence, self-reliance and community participation. Barriers to independence and inclusion will be reduced for people with SCI and other physical disabilities in Alberta communities

SCI Alberta will be a stable and sustainable organization. Disclaimer: The views expressed, comments made and material posted by users of this Page (excluding content posted by Spinal Cord Injury Alberta) do not represent the views of the Spinal Cord Injury Alberta and remain the beliefs/opinions and the responsibility of the party posting the information.

📅 Save the date! 🌟SCI Alberta is thrilled to be part of the exciting event at Healthcare Solutions (Gateway Location) on...
02/22/2024

📅 Save the date! 🌟

SCI Alberta is thrilled to be part of the exciting event at Healthcare Solutions (Gateway Location) on February 29, 2024, from 10 am to 3 pm! Join us for a day filled with exploration and awareness as we showcase our commitment to making a difference in the spinal cord injury community.

Discover the latest advancements in catheter products, carefully crafted for ultimate comfort and effectiveness. Representatives from industry leaders like Coloplast, Hollister and ConvaTec will be on hand to guide you through these innovations, providing valuable insights and information. It’s an opportunity to learn, connect, and support a cause that truly matters.

Mark your calendar and be prepared for an immersive experience at Healthcare Solutions. Together, let’s make this event a remarkable journey towards enhancing lives and raising awareness. We can’t wait to welcome you on February 29th! 💙

NeuroSask: Active and Connected is a virtual program tailored to people with neurological conditions, providing physioth...
02/21/2024

NeuroSask: Active and Connected is a virtual program tailored to people with neurological conditions, providing physiotherapy-guided movement, expert information on health and wellness, and social-connection.
NeuroSask is a Saskatchewan led initiative through the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Medicine. They offer a 30 min ‘Active’ portion every Tuesday and Thursday at 2:00pm Saskatchewan Time (so 1pm Alberta time). The ‘Active’ portion is a seated movement class led by a physiotherapist focused on alignment, seated postural control, body awareness, range of motion, muscle activation, with some resistance training and bouts of cardio throughout.

On Tuesdays following the ‘Active’ session they run a stretching class to help with range of motion and pain and spasticity management. On Thursdays following the ‘Active’ session they run their ‘Connect’ session where we host a guest expert on a health and wellness topic.

Join whenever you can!

For more information or to register, check out:
https://rehabscience.usask.ca/neurosask/

We need your help. People with disabilities need your help. They need & deserve a livable income. Urge your MP to priori...
02/20/2024

We need your help. People with disabilities need your help. They need & deserve a livable income. Urge your MP to prioritize adequate funding for the CDB in the next federal budget.

Link to MP letter -> https://bit.ly/3HDzdoh

Sign the petition -> Petition

Happy Family Day! SCI-AB offices will be closed today. Hoping you have a fun day spent with loved ones! Looking for a fu...
02/19/2024

Happy Family Day! SCI-AB offices will be closed today. Hoping you have a fun day spent with loved ones!

Looking for a fun accessible activity to partake in today?

Visit the Royal Alberta Museum for free on Family Day!

The RAM is fully wheelchair accessible and even won the Percy Wickman Accessibility Award from Spinal Cord Injury Alberta for a new building project in Alberta that has exceeded building codes in wheelchair accessibility
features. It features an award winning accessible washroom complete with adult changing tables and available hoist lift. There are four accessible parking spots located outside of the main doors of the museum on the west side. There is also additional accessible parking available at the City Hall Parkade (five accessible stalls); the Library Parkade (13 accessible stalls); Canada Place Parkade (6 accessible stalls); and the Edmonton City Centre West Parkade (11 accessible stalls).

For more information to make the most of your visit: www.royalalbertamuseum.ca

Bring your fam to RAM on Monday, February 19 and enjoy free admission from 10 am - 4 pm! Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your museum visit:

An Easter Seal Access2 Card can be used for 2 for 1 admission
If not driving, you can easily access RAM via the Churchill LRT station through the underground pedway, as well as several bus routes. Plan your transit trip using the ETS Trip planner, or by calling 311.
Please note, that the final entry will be at 3:00 pm.




Join Rocky Mountain Adaptive from March 24-29th for an action packed SCI specific multi-sport camp! Get a chance to try ...
02/16/2024

Join Rocky Mountain Adaptive from March 24-29th for an action packed SCI specific multi-sport camp! Get a chance to try downhill skiing, nordic skiing, adaptive hiking and more!

The registration link can be found at: https://rockymountainadaptive.com/book/843/

Join Rocky Mountain Adaptive from March 24-29th for an action packed SCI specific multi-sport camp! Get a chance to try ...
02/16/2024

Join Rocky Mountain Adaptive from March 24-29th for an action packed SCI specific multi-sport camp! Get a chance to try downhill skiing, nordic skiing, adaptive hiking and more!

The registration link can be found at: https://rockymountainadaptive.com/book/843/

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FINANCIAL SUPPORT

If cost is a barrier to participation, please reach out directly to [email protected] for more information on financial support through the Clairey Lou Memorial Fund or the No Limits Project supported by the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation.

AVAILABLE TO

Individuals with a Spinal Cord Injury who are interested in learning about adaptive outdoor recreation and the equipment RMA has available, and one parent/caregiver/friend.

For any parent/caregiver/friend/family member who would like to attend but not take part in the activities throughout the week, we have offered two options for limited participation:

Parent/Caregiver (Accommodation Only): a reduced cost based on accommodation and the final wrap-up meal only.
Parent/Caregiver (Excluding alpine skiing): a reduced cost based on participation in all non-alpine-skiing activities, accommodation and the final wrap-up meal only.
LOCATION

William Watson Lodge, in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park

WHAT TO WEAR

Winter-appropriate clothing! May vary depending on activity.

WHAT TO BRING

Guests are responsible for bringing all their own food for the week (excluding the Wrap-Up Dinner). Cabins have their own kitchen facilities.

WHAT'S PROVIDED

All adaptive and non-adaptive equipment for Nordic Skiing, Snowshoeing, Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding, Skating, and Fat Biking.

Also included is accommodation at William Watson Lodge, lift tickets to Nakiska for two days of alpine skiing/snowboarding/sit skiing, one dinner meal, and evening social activities.

VOLUNTEER ASSISTANCE

Volunteers will be requested as needed, based on desire and support needed by the adaptive participant.

REGISTER BY

Minimum 7 days in advance of camp date. If it is not available, or for last-minute bookings, please contact us at [email protected]

ADDITIONAL COSTS

All meals are the participants' responsibility, barring the wrap-up meal on the last evening of the program.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

This program is sponsored by the Craig H Neilsen Foundation.

Guests are responsible for having the relevant vehicle Park Pass, if applicable, for the activity location.

Do you want to make a difference today? If you do, please consider making a gift to our crowdfunding campaign and then, ...
02/15/2024

Do you want to make a difference today? If you do, please consider making a gift to our crowdfunding campaign and then, then spread the word with everyone you know. The more people we can reach, the closer we’ll get to reaching our goal of $10,000.

This crowdfunding campaign was created using Crowdfunding Alberta’s platform so that means, SCI-AB is eligible for 50% match funding from the Government of Alberta.



To make a donation, access the QR code and then please share the link below.

https://fnd.us/c2Liac?ref=sh_1D07e8

All donations are eligible for a tax receipt.

Thank you for making a difference in our community!



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🤔Are you autonomic dysreflexia? Because you make my heart race!💗✨Jokes aside… Happy Valentines Day from all of us at SCI...
02/14/2024

🤔Are you autonomic dysreflexia? Because you make my heart race!💗

✨Jokes aside… Happy Valentines Day from all of us at SCI-AB! 💕

❤️Enjoy a day to celebrate all the types of love in your life🥰

✨Are you passionate about accessible travel? ✈️Do you have experience with disability and accessibility? ✨Edmonton Inter...
02/13/2024

✨Are you passionate about accessible travel? ✈️Do you have experience with disability and accessibility? ✨Edmonton International Airport (YEG) is recruiting new members for the YEG Accessibility Advisory Council. ♿️Apply today, applications are open until March 1! ✨

For more info or to apply, check out:

https://flyeia.com/services/accessibility/yeg-accessibility-advisory-council/

Be sure to tune into season 2 of PUSH Sunday evenings at 7:30pm on CBC, or anytime on the CBC Gem app! This is a fantast...
02/12/2024

Be sure to tune into season 2 of PUSH Sunday evenings at 7:30pm on CBC, or anytime on the CBC Gem app! This is a fantastic and real look at life as a wheelchair user. It shares the perspective of the “Wheelie Peeps” a group of wheelchair users in Edmonton, Alberta, as they support each other through ups and downs, and always there to give each other a little “push".


Watch episodes anytime at:
https://gem.cbc.ca/push

Be sure to tune into season 2 of PUSH Sunday evenings at 7:30pm on CBC, or anytime on the CBC Gem app! This is a fantast...
02/12/2024

Be sure to tune into season 2 of PUSH Sunday evenings at 7:30pm on CBC, or anytime on the CBC Gem app! This is a fantastic and real look at life as a wheelchair user. It shares the perspective of the “Wheelie Peeps” a group of wheelchair users in Edmonton, Alberta, as they support each other through ups and downs, and always there to give each other a little “push”.

https://gem.cbc.ca/push

Researchers at the University of Alberta are looking for volunteers for a study identifying neural correlates of arm fun...
02/09/2024

Researchers at the University of Alberta are looking for volunteers for a study identifying neural correlates of arm function using robotic technology. Participants must have a SCI above T1; AIS C or D and be 18-65 years old. The study will involve two 2-3 hour sessions, and remuneration for time and parking will be provided. For more information please contact Jane at [email protected]

Every person deserves a life of dignity. People with disabilities continue to struggle. An adequately funded CDB is the ...
02/08/2024

Every person deserves a life of dignity. People with disabilities continue to struggle. An adequately funded CDB is the key to reducing disability poverty. Let’s demand funding NOW!

Write your MP today. Click for on-line tool -> https://bit.ly/3HDzdoh

✨Happy National Girls and Women in Sports Day!✨    💕Shoutout to all the adaptive athletes, coaches, volunteers, family +...
02/07/2024

✨Happy National Girls and Women in Sports Day!✨

💕Shoutout to all the adaptive athletes, coaches, volunteers, family + friends! 😎

Brittney Neunzig aka Empowered Para  ( https://www.youtube.com/  -and all around legend, has an amazing event and give a...
02/06/2024

Brittney Neunzig aka Empowered Para ( https://www.youtube.com/ -and all around legend, has an amazing event and give away on Thursday, February 8th at 10am Alberta time!



From Brittney:

If you spend 12+ hours sitting in a wheelchair each day, then what you’re sitting on better matter to you!
A wheelchair cushion isn’t just a thing to keep you comfortable. It’s got a job to do and that job is important. It’s your cushion’s job to redistribute pressure, regulate temperature and moisture, and correct your posture. Without a quality cushion you increase your risk of a pressure injury and every year more than 25 000 people die from these preventable wounds.
Choosing a cushion can be overwhelming, especially since there are hundreds of options on the market. But luckily choosing a cushion doesn’t have to be done alone. Occupational therapists specializing in wheelchair seating are equipped with the knowledge and expertise to help narrow down the search for a cushion. However, finding an OT in your area that has this specialized knowledge can sometimes be a challenge.
That’s why she’s teamed up with Blake Medical, a cushion manufacturer, and Markie Ryckman, a wheelchair seating OT, to bring you a YouTube Live all about how to choose a wheelchair cushion. The live show will be an hour long followed by a Q&A session. Blake Medical is also sponsoring a giveaway so this is your chance to get a cushion totally free!

Here is the link to the YouTube live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WF1OMXnJF3w

(will include a link in our story highlights on instagram as well!)

Ps. The giveaway is for an ADULT sized cushion


Details:

February 8th @ 12 PM EST

1 Hour

Q&A Session

Cushion Giveaway

✨The SCI-AB YEG Peer Dinner is this Thursday at Buco! Please RVSP if planning on attending! Hope to see you there ☺️
02/06/2024

✨The SCI-AB YEG Peer Dinner is this Thursday at Buco! Please RVSP if planning on attending! Hope to see you there ☺️

✨February 7th is National Girls & Women in Sport Day- so Wheelchair Sports Alberta (WSA) thought it would be fitting to ...
02/01/2024

✨February 7th is National Girls & Women in Sport Day- so Wheelchair Sports Alberta (WSA) thought it would be fitting to have a Women’s Wheelchair Rugby try-it event on February 3rd. ✨It will take place from 9:00am-12:30pm at Village Square Leisure Centre in Calgary. They have had some wheelchair rugby athletes graciously agree to help out; two of which were on the first ever women’s team sent to represent Canada at the Women’s Cup! They are excited to share more about this with our participants.✨

✨The event will be open to women of all ages and abilities to come out and try wheelchair rugby and meet some of our amazing female athletes! ✨It is free to register and we will have wheelchairs there for people to use.✨

To register, please email Aspen: [email protected]

✨Are you passionate about supporting persons with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities? ✨You would be th...
02/01/2024

✨Are you passionate about supporting persons with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities? ✨You would be the perfect addition to the team at Spinal Cord Injury Alberta! ✨We are currently looking to fill a variety of positions: a full-time client services coordinator position in Edmonton, volunteer board members, and peer mentor volunteers. ✨For more information, check out the join our team page on our website. We look forward to connecting with you!  ✨

check out the listing online at:

www.sci-ab.ca/join-our-team/

✨The Effects of 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5HTP) after Spinal Cord Injury ✨A study at the University of Alberta, and run by th...
01/30/2024

✨The Effects of 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5HTP) after Spinal Cord Injury ✨A study at the University of Alberta, and run by the Scientific Program Lead of the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, Dr. Jessica D’Amico, is currently recruiting individuals with chronic, incomplete spinal cord injury (SCI), and/or individuals with subacute (

✨The Effects of 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5HTP) after Spinal Cord Injury A study at the University of Alberta, and run by the...
01/30/2024

✨The Effects of 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5HTP) after Spinal Cord Injury A study at the University of Alberta, and run by the Scientific Program Lead of the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, Dr. Jessica D’Amico, is currently recruiting individuals with chronic, incomplete spinal cord injury (SCI), and/or individuals with subacute (

Final call for participants for the Concentric projects “My Experience Survey Tool”The survey can be accessed online at:...
01/30/2024

Final call for participants for the Concentric projects “My Experience Survey Tool”

The survey can be accessed online at: tinyurl.com/personwithscisurvey

For more information on the Concentric project visit: https://www.concentricproject.com/

Thank you!

You are not alone. 9-8-8 is Canada’s new helpline for anyone who is thinking about su***de or who is worried about someo...
01/26/2024

You are not alone.

9-8-8 is Canada’s new helpline for anyone who is thinking about su***de or who is worried about someone they know. Reach out for help, whenever you need it.



Connect to a responder to get help without judgement. Call or text 9-8-8 toll-free, anytime. For more information, visit https://988.ca



What is 9-8-8?

9-8-8 Su***de Crisis Helpline is a new three-digit helpline that provides urgent, live support by phone and text to people in every province and territory across the country.
9-8-8 is available in English and French, 24 hours a day, every single day of the year across the country.
9-8-8 is for anyone thinking about su***de, or worried someone they know. Trained 9-8-8 responders will answer calls and texts and listen without judgement while providing support.

❄️Just east of Edmonton, the Strathcona Wilderness Centre will be having a full day ofsnow themed fun planned for World ...
01/18/2024

❄️Just east of Edmonton, the Strathcona Wilderness Centre will be having a full day of
snow themed fun planned for World Snow Day on January 21th from 1-4pm. ✨There will be a
scavenger hunt, snow painting, snow angels, a chance to try out adaptive sit
ski equipment, and most importantly, hot chocolate!☕️

❄️For more information, or to register for a sit ski demo contact Mike at [email protected] to reserve your time slot!✨
Be sure to dress warmly, and bring your family & friends!🎿

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❄️The Strathcona Wilderness Centre will also be offering Wednesday evening adaptive ski training program, you can
get more info or register online at:
https://reconline.strathcona.ca/STRATHCONA/public/booking/CourseDetails/31261

✨They will continue the offer for a complimentary fitting
and private lesson for first timers throughout the season, for
more information or to book your ski contact Mike at [email protected]

✨Also be sure to check out the Parallel Para-Nordic Ski Club Instagram
page more information about para-nordic skiing in our province!❄️

✨The Concentric “My Experience Regarding my Care and Changes in my Health, Function & Quality of Life Survey” is a tool ...
01/16/2024

✨The Concentric “My Experience Regarding my Care and Changes in my Health, Function & Quality of Life Survey” is a tool designed to empower persons with SCIs to examine their care, identify areas of concern and direct discussions with their care providers. ✨The survey asks the person with SCI about information, care team meetings, and supports they received at or after discharge from hospital or rehabilitation back into the community. ✨The person with SCI is also asked about their health, quality of life, and how they are managing with home, personal and other tasks and activities.

✨It is not a traditional survey used for research purposes. Rather it is a self-management tool that is to be used to get a “snapshot” of a person’s experience living with a SCI at multiple stages in their journey, and offers an opportunity to seek intervention in areas that may be of concern. ✨It is being rolled out as a tool to help the transition from inpatient in a hospital setting to an outpatient in the community, by providing a framework and set of goals to aspire to. ✨The survey can be filled out multiple times at various time points from discharge. ✨This can help track changes over time and help guide the conversation during outpatient care team meetings. It allows time for reflection and will help direct questions and discussion with the care team. ✨Overall, it is primarily a reflection and self-management tool that helps those with SCI empower themselves, take control of their goals of care, and have a record to look back and see progress that is made over the journey. At the end of the day, the survey is patient centered, and those taking the time to do the work will see the benefit of putting their health and goals first. ✨The survey also has the option to be read aloud and translated into 32 languages. The survey time will take around 30 min, and can be done over multiple sessions, so you can take breaks if needed. They are looking to get more respondents and feedback from the community, so your participation is greatly appreciated!

✨The survey can be found by scanning the QR code, or by using the link:  tinyurl.com/PersonwithSCIsurvey

✨Are you passionate about supporting persons with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities?   ✨Are you looki...
01/15/2024

✨Are you passionate about supporting persons with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities?

✨Are you looking for an opportunity to provide guidance and strategic direction to a not-for-profit organization that is making a difference across Alberta?



✨🤩Then we have the perfect opportunity for you! Check out the Board Member Profile and follow the link to learn more, or to provide your resume.✨



✨We look forward to connecting with you! 🫶✨

✨The full profile con be found online at: www.sci-ab.ca/join-our-team/



✨If this isn’t for you, will you please share with your network? Thank you!☺️

✨The Restore Network is looking for participants for their current research study. ✨They hope to access knowledge of sec...
01/12/2024

✨The Restore Network is looking for participants for their current research study. ✨They hope to access knowledge of secondary health outcomes following a spinal cord injury. ✨Your participation is greatly appreciated to improve standards of care for those living with spinal cord injuries in Alberta! ✨

✨The survey can be found at:
https://survey.ucalgary.ca/jfe/form/SV_9G0WyYD6snUXY0Z

✨The 11th of January every year is recognized as International Thank you Day; a day that acts as a reminder to thank the...
01/11/2024

✨The 11th of January every year is recognized as International Thank you Day; a day that acts as a reminder to thank the people who have improved our lives.🙏🏼



🤗So, on behalf of everyone at SCI-AB, and most especially the clients we help, we want to take this opportunity to express our deep appreciation and genuine gratitude to you all for the many ways you support our mission and make the lives of so many, so much better. 🫶



✨THANK YOU! We appreciate you.✨



✨If you want to learn more about how you make lives better at SCI-AB, please click the link in our bio. 🤩




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01/10/2024
Commited to helping drive meaningful change, Deloitte is continuing their Bloom Scholarship Program, focused on addressi...
01/08/2024

Commited to helping drive meaningful change, Deloitte is continuing their Bloom Scholarship Program, focused on addressing systemic barriers and inequities. The Bloom Scholarship Program aims to support and empower students from underrepresented groups in the industry while providing them with the opportunity to develop their potential and start a flourishing career.

The Bloom Scholarship Program is now live! Applications will close on January 19, 2024. They are excited to be select students across Canada who will be awarded a one-time $5,000 scholarship towards school expenses, as well as the opportunity to complete a paid work term at one of their Canadian offices.

Apply by Friday, January 19, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
�To be considered, you must submit your letter of intent, resume, and unofficial transcript in ONE PDF document.

What is expected in the letter of intent? Please respond to the following prompt, “How would this scholarship and work term impact your professional and personal journey?” (maximum 500 words).

For scholarship-related inquiries, please contact [email protected]

For more information or to apply, please visit: https://www2.deloitte.com/ca/en/pages/careers/articles/students-with-disabilities-scholarship.html

Commited to helping drive meaningful change, Deloitte is continuing their Bloom Scholarship Program, focused on addressi...
01/08/2024

Commited to helping drive meaningful change, Deloitte is continuing their Bloom Scholarship Program, focused on addressing systemic barriers and inequities. The Bloom Scholarship Program aims to support and empower students from underrepresented groups in the industry while providing them with the opportunity to develop their potential and start a flourishing career.
 
The Bloom Scholarship Program is now live! Applications will close on January 19, 2024. They are excited to be select students across Canada who will be awarded a one-time $5,000 scholarship towards school expenses, as well as the opportunity to complete a paid work term at one of their Canadian offices.

Apply by Friday, January 19, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. ET. 

To be considered, you must submit your letter of intent, resume, and unofficial transcript in ONE PDF document.
 
What is expected in the letter of intent? Please respond to the following prompt, “How would this scholarship and work term impact your professional and personal journey?” (maximum 500 words).  
 
For scholarship-related inquiries, please contact [email protected]

For more information or to apply, please visit: https://www2.deloitte.com/ca/en/pages/careers/articles/students-with-disabilities-scholarship.html

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