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RDSP Study - Research Participants Needed
The Government of Canada is conducting a study about government programs for persons with disabilities and issues related to saving for the future. Click here for more information.
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.
On a Roll and on the Right Track - The Alberta Spinal Cord Injury Initiative
As an active partner in the Alberta Spinal Cord Injury Initiative, the Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta) plans to make available copies of On a Roll and on the Right Track - the Alberta Spinal Cord Injury Initiative Action Strategy. This document is the culmination of many months of consultation and planning involving nearly 150 individuals, including consumers with SCI, and other community stakeholders. The strategy outlines a broad vision for improvements to the quality of life of Albertans with SCI, as well eight tangible action plans that directly address problems in housing, home care/attendant care, and adaptive equipment/devices. The action plans are being implemented now, with some reaching completion. They are described in more detail in On a Roll. You can access an electronic copy of the report here or contact CPA (Alberta) for a hard copy to be sent by mail.
On a Roll is a project of the Alberta Spinal Cord Injury Initiative, a collaborative effort by Albertans with SCI, service providers, researchers and decision-makers committed to improving the lives of people affected by SCI and similar physical disabilities. We gratefully acknowledge the Government of Alberta and the departments of Health and Wellness, Seniors and Community Supports, and Culture and Community Spirit, who recognize the value of the vision for the Alberta SCI community, and provided financial support to make this vision a reality.
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 email@example.com.
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.
On December 15, 2010 the Alberta government officially announced the Alberta Supports website and contact centre. Albertans can access information on more than 30 social based assistance programs and more than 100 services by visiting a single website or calling just one phone number.
The Alberta Supports website is online at www.albertasupports.ca, and the contact centre toll-free number is 1-877-644-9992. In Edmonton, call 780-644-9992.
For more information, read the news release at www.seniors.alberta.ca/albertasupports.
Fine increase for Accessible Parking Violations
As of June 1, 2010, the fine for an accessible parking stall violation increases from $150 to $250. If you have a physical disability and require a parking placard to use accessible stalls, you can go to any registry office to obtain an application form that you can then take to your doctor for completion.