A Message from Rick Hansen
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Changes to Homecare
The Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta) acknowledges there has been no formal announcement by the Alberta Provincial Government or Alberta Health Services regarding changes to homecare. The association has heard from various sources however, that extensive changes and potential cuts to homecare are imminent. To read full statement,
Support the Campaign for Barrier Free Health and Medical Services in Alberta
Through the years, the Alberta Committee of Citizens with Disabilities has heard people with disabilities express frustration over barriers to health care in Alberta. Some experience physical barriers; others encounter communication barriers; and many feel they are not given enough time with their doctor to have their needs met. This is only a broad description of the barriers. Indeed, the issues are deeper and more complex.
ACCD has started an awareness campaign about the issues that people with disabilities experience when accessing health and medical services in Alberta. As a part of this awareness campaign, ACCD has prepared a four minute video that explains in simple language the high importance of barrier-free health and medical services: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iBosJzHZdM
We need your help to ensure that Albertans with disabilities receive equitable access to medical and diagnostic health services. Go to www.barrierfreehealth.ca and show your support! If you have any questions or comments regarding the ACCD campaign please contact Shafi Shafiuddin at email@example.com or by phone 780-488-9088.
The Federation of the Canadian Paraplegic Association Moves Forward with Name Change
CPA (Alberta) hopes to proceed with name change in near future. The editorial in the Fall 2012 issue of CPA (Alberta)'s Spinal Columns magazine provides further elaboration. Read more...
Planat (Formerly the Rick Hansen Global Accessibility Map)
Planat is an easy-to-use online ratings tool that allows users to post and search reviews from a mobility, sight, or hearing perspective on the accessibility of buildings and public spaces in communities around the world.
Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults with Spinal Cord Injury.
Enhancements to Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP)
On March 4, 2010, the Government of Canada, through its Budget 2010, announced two enhancements to the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP), grant and bond. Legislation to enact these changes received Royal Assent on December 15, 2010. The ‘carry forward’ and ‘roll over’ provisions will provide Canadians with disabilities and their families with more flexibility when saving for the future. Click here for more information.
For more information about the RDSP, grant and bond, please visit www.disabilitysavings.gc.ca or call 1 800 O-Canada (1 800-622-6232). TTY users may call 1-800-926-9105. A detailed brochure – available in alternate formats such as large print, Braille, audio cassette, CD, DAISY, and computer diskette – is also available by calling these numbers.
Should you wish to make an inquiry by e-mail, please send your message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2010 Federal Disability Report
The 2010 Federal Disability Report, released by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada can be accessed in HTML or PDF format at: http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/disability_issues/reports/fdr/2010/page00.shtml
Print and alternate formats (Large Print, Braille, Audio Cassette, Audio CD, e-Text Diskette, e-Text CD or DAISY) can be ordered by phone, TTY, fax, mail or online. Phone: 1 800 O Canada (1 800 622 6232)
TTY: 1 800 926 9105. Fax: 819-953-7260 (long distance charges will apply. Mail: Publications Services, HRSDC, 140 Promenade du Portage, Phase IV, 12th Floor, Gatineau, QC, K1A 0J9 Online: http://www12.hrsdc.gc.ca
Incidence and Prevalence of Spinal Cord Injury in Canada
We are pleased to share with you a report commissioned by the Rick Hansen Institute estimating the incidence and prevalence of spinal cord injury (SCI) in Canada, a baseline measurement of the extent of SCI in Canada that was previously unknown.
The report, The Incidence and Prevalence of Spinal Cord Injury in Canada: Overview and Estimates Based on Current Evidence, jointly released on December 15, 2010 by the RHI and the Urban Futures Institute, has found that close to 86,000 Canadians are currently living with spinal cord injury; 44,000 of whom are living with SCI as a result of traumatic causes.
The report further notes that of the estimated 4,300 new cases of spinal cord injury that occur in Canada each year, about 1,785 are the result of traumatic injury from causes such as car accidents.
Click here to view the report, press release, and backgrounders on this milestone report about the scope, scale, and impact of SCI in Canada.