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Canadian Paraplegic Association Name Change Survey
The Canadian Paraplegic Association's (CPA) mission is "To assist persons with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities achieve independence, self-reliance and full community participation".
CPA is currently exploring a potential renaming of the organization to best reflect the individuals whom we serve across Canada. There are four organizational names that have been identified internally as possible replacements for Canadian Paraplegic Association. They are:
- Spinal Cord Injury Canada
- Canadian Spinal Cord Association
- Spinal Cord Canada
- Canadian Paralysis Association
The purpose of this survey is to gather input from our members, consumers, sponsors, funders and community partners about renaming. Please note that we are proposing to change the name only; the logo and colours will remain the same.
You have been selected by your provincial CPA to complete an online survey regarding the potential name change. The purpose of this survey is to provide feedback on whether changing the name of CPA is something that you deem to be important and whether you think should CPA move forward in this direction.
Receiving input from people involved with CPA across the country will give a clear and significant representation of people's opinions that will allow CPA National Board of Directors to make an informed decision.
Completion of this survey is very important as it will be used to determine: 1) Whether a name change is necessary 2) What new name is favoured by CPA stakeholders.
Data will first be compiled on a provincial basis, in order to assess answers posed by each province, then collected and compiled nationally.
The questionnaire is completed online via a secure website called Survey Monkey. Your personalized and confidential link to complete the survey is:
This private, online tool assures anonymity, so please be honest and forthright. This process is being done for the best interests of CPA as a national organization. Your name will not appear anywhere on the final report provided by the national office. All responses will be grouped into confidential results without names attached.
Each questionnaire will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.
Please complete the questionnaire as soon as possible to allow time for processing the report.
All responses must be submitted by 5:00pm EST on Wednesday,
August 31st, 2011.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this process, or require the link resent, please do not hesitate to contact Adrienne Gowing. Should you have questions regarding the context of this assessment or validity of the process, please contact Bobby White.
Thank you in advance for your assistance in this important initiative.
CPA National Executive Director
CPA (Alberta) Executive Director
On a Roll and on the Right Track - The Alberta Spinal Cord Injury Initiative Action Strategy
As an active partner in the Alberta Spinal Cord Injury Initiative, the Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta) 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.
Enabling Accessibility Fund - Call For Proposals
The Office for Disability Issues is pleased to announce that a call for proposals for Small Projects enabling accessibility is now open. Please note that the call will be open from July 22, 2011 until September 23, 2011. Only proposals postmarked on or before the closing date of September 23, 2011 will be considered in this process. The application form and guidelines can be found on our Web site. All applicants are encouraged to read the guidelines before completing the application. For further information regarding the call, please visit our Web site at:
Should you have any questions about the Small Projects enabling accessibility please contact us by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org or through our toll free number at: 1-866-268-2502 or TTY: 1-800-926-9105
Be a part of the celebration and relive the memories!
We are asking for CPA (Alberta) Members to help us celebrate our 50th Anniversary by providing us with any of your old polaroids, negatives, digital photos or slides of the "Good ol' Days"! These golden memories will be used in our celebratory and communications materials such as Spinal Columns magazine, photo displays, websites as well as a commemorative book! Kindly provide any photos to Larry Pempeit by email at
email@example.com or by postage mail. All photographs will be returned to the owners within two weeks!
CPA (Alberta) is proud to be celebrating 50 years of service on behalf of individuals with spinal cord injury and other physical disabilities. In celebration of this event, we talked with many of our members and supporters and produced a short 50th Anniversary Video. Click on the image below to view. Thank you to Maunders McNeil Foundation Inc. for their sponsorship support of our 50th anniversary.
NEW! Community Living Attendant Training (CLAT) Program
CPA (Alberta), in partnership with several other Alberta organizations, is leading the development of a new program called Community Living Attendant Training. This program is community-driven and instructed by people with disabilities and community partners, based on the philosophy of consumer/employer-directed care. This training program is six weeks in duration and incorporates theory and practical skills into the training to prepare students to provide a flexible array of supports specific to each consumer/employer's unique independent living needs.
Click here to see our CLAT information poster for students
Click here to see our CLAT information poster for volunteers
We will be implementing a pilot demonstration in November 2011. If you would like more information on this program click here or to volunteer as a classroom instructor, classroom observer, or home host trainer, please contact Kuen Tang at (780) 424-6312 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Kristie Coulombe at (780) 419-3530 or email@example.com.
Thoughout the month of May, a number of community leaders throughout the Province of Alberta which included government officials, high level executives and local celebrities conducted their day to day business from a wheelchair in support of the Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta)'s vision of a barrier free future. Chair-Leaders wheeling throughout their day in Calgary, Grande Prairie, Fort McMurray, Red Deer and Edmonton all garnered a new awareness and first hand knowledge of the challenges people with disabilities face on a daily basis when it comes to accessibility in our communities.
Check out MLA Doug Elniski's newsletter on more coverage from the event by clicking here
For more information, contact Zachary Weeks at 780-424-6312, ext. 2250 or go to http://www.cpa-ab.org/news_events/chair_leaders
New Online Resource Guide for People with Physical Disabilities
The Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta) is currently developing a new online resource guide for people with physical disabilities, which will be launched early September, 2011. The purpose of this guide is to provide information and resources on housing, attendant care/homecare, and adaptive equipment and devices all in one central location. The website will also have an interactive component where you can leave comments and/or rate a product or service that you have tried. If you would like more information, you can contact Kristie Coulombe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Newly Designed Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) Brochure
The Canada Disability Savings Program (CDSP) would like to announce the availability of a newly designed Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) brochure - Helping People with disabilities save for the future.
This bilingual publication will give your clients an opportunity to learn more about the RDSP, the Canada Disability Savings Grant (grant) and the Canada Disability Savings Bond (bond), in a plain language format.
The updated publication replaces the current RDSP brochure. It provides important information about the two new improvements made to the RDSP, by the Government of Canada, to provide people with disabilities with more flexibility when saving for the future. As of January 2011, clients are allowed to claim unused grant and bond entitlements from the past 10 years (starting from 2008, the year RDSP became available). Also, beginning in July 2011, a portion or all of the retirement savings from a deceased individual can be rolled over into the RDSP of a financially dependent child or grandchild with a disability.
This updated publication also includes current income thresholds for 2011.
For more information click here
2011 National Household Survey
Statistics Canada has announced the new National Household Survey (NHS) will take place in June 2011.
On behalf of Statistics Canada, CPA Alberta encourages our readers to ensure they complete this important survey as
NHS data are vital to helping foster a healthy community, as they are used to support government planning and program delivery, including family services, housing, roads, public transportation, and skills training for employment. The data are also used to help support government programs directed at target populations, such as visible minorities, lone-parent families and seniors.
For more information on the National Household Survey,
please click here
Full Serve Gas Stations
If you know of any full serve gas stations that are not included on our list, or are no longer full service, please let us know so that we can update our information. The list provided is a compilation of information provided by many individuals. CPA (Alberta) neither endorses nor guarantees that the information is complete or correct.
Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Update
Keep up with what is new at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital by taking a peek at their Report to GRH Foundation and Friends
Wound Care Best Practices
Canadian Association of Wound Care (CAWC) has published articles highlighting the best evidence for effective practice in diabetic foot ulcers, pressure ulcers, venous leg ulcers, preparing the wound bed and the principles of wound healing. Click here for more information
SCI Alberta has a new website!
You can find them at http://www.scialberta.ca/
Website(s) to check out:
Pnematic Vacuum Elevators
Izzy Camilleri Adaptive Clothing