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Dear Wheel-E Newsletter Recipients:
Welcome to the DECEMBER 2011 issue of Wheel-E, the monthly newsletter of the Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta). Wheel-E includes information about news and events related to spinal cord injury and other physical disabilities.

CPA (Alberta) also publishes a quarterly magazine, Spinal Columns, which includes features and regular columns about important issues facing individuals with disabilities today. If you would like to receive Spinal Columns please get in touch with us at 780-424-6312 or

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Rick Hansen - "Man in Motion"  Receives  Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from University of Alberta for Lifelong Dedication of Work for Persons with Disabilities

Rick Hansen was 15 when his spine was shattered in an accident and he lost the ability to walk.  During fall convocation at the Jubilee Auditorium on Thursday, Nov. 17, Hansen, who received an honorary doctor of laws degree, said lying at the hospital bed, he could not imagine life being any worse. He said he could have sold his soul for use of his legs, but with support from friends, family and professionals, including those from the University of Alberta, he was able to realize his dream of representing Canada at the Paralympic Games.


Hansen recounted how encouragement from people like the late U of A professor Gary McPherson helped him pull through.


"The words of Gary are in my head," Hansen said. "'It's not what happens to you, it's what you do with it that counts.' These role models helped me realize that life was not over, it was just beginning."



Rick Hansen receiving his received an honorary doctor of laws degree!


And that beginning was nothing like what was to come. Hansen went on to win 19 international wheelchair marathons, six Paralympic medals and nine gold medals at the 1982 Pan American Wheelchair Games. He raised $26 million, which was further leveraged to $246 million, for spinal-cord injury research by travelling through 34 countries. He says the U of A spirit was with him throughout the journey. Hansen encouraged students to have a good outlook on life.  


The Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta) would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Rick Hansen on the receiving of is honorary doctorate of laws degree and his commitment to ensuring a more inclusive society for all!  


25th Anniversary Man in Motion Relay Still Recruiting!

Don't miss your opportunity to become a difference maker in this historic event! Click below to enter online!! 


First Ever World Report On Disability Released

The first ever World Report on Disability, produced jointly by WHO and the World Bank, suggests that more than a billion people in the world today experience disability. People with disabilities have generally poorer health, lower education achievements, fewer economic opportunities and higher rates of poverty than people without disabilities. This is largely due to the lack of services available to them and the many obstacles they face in their everyday lives. The report provides the best available evidence about what works to overcome barriers to health care, rehabilitation, education, employment, and support services, and to create the environments which will enable people with disabilities to flourish. The report ends with a concrete set of recommended actions for governments and their partners.

This pioneering World Report on Disability will make a significant contribution to implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. At the intersection of public health, human rights and development, the report is set to become a "must have" resource for policy-makers, service providers, professionals, and advocates for people with disabilities and their families.


You can access the report at 


The Provincial Government wants to hear from you

Developing a provincial budget requires thoughtful choices. You need to look at where the money comes from, where it goes and where it should go. As an Albertan, it is important that you have a say in shaping the provincial budget that will shape our future. Our commitment to you is to bring more discipline to public spending through stable, multi-year budgets for essential public services. We will make the tough decisions; we will spend wisely and save intelligently, managing our finances to protect future Albertans from debt.


The recession of 2008-2009 affected Albertans and the province´s finances. While overall our province is in an enviable economic position, we still face uncertainty. The tough decisions made in the past to eliminate Alberta´s debt and build a short-term savings account - the Sustainability Fund - have allowed us to keep taxes low and maintain public services during the recent economic downturn.



Expanding Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Exercise into the Community

The Spinal Cord Injury Treatment Centre Society (SCITCS) Board of Directors approved an additional $50,000 in support of "Expanding FES Exercise into the Community"


In addition and as an incentive, SCITCS will cover the assessment costs, including membership in the Saville Sports Centre and the cost of electrodes for the first year for all participants with SCI who transfer to/or and commence an FES exercise program at the Saville Sports Centre. 


Contact The Steadward Centre at 780 492-3182 to be assessed as to suitability for FES exercise or to participate in an FES exercise program. For more information, please visit

Review of the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP)

As announced in Budget 2011, the Government of Canada is inviting stakeholders to comment on the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) to ensure that RDSPs are meeting the needs of Canadians with severe disabilities and their families.   


The review will seek input on a number of important topics that are crucial to the success of the RDSP. These include issues related to establishing plans, accessing plan savings, plan termination, and the administration of the RDSP program.


As part of the review, the Government of Canada has released a consultation paper. For a copy of the paper, and to learn more about how you can provide feedback on the RDSP, please visit the Department of Finance Canada website at:


Please note that written submissions to this consultation will be accepted until December 16, 2011. 


Gizmos & Gadgets with Tetra Society of North America! 

The latest edition of Gizmo, newsletter of the Tetra Society of North America, has just been published.


Have a look at some of the inventions and ingenious engineering solutions of Tetra Society volunteers - each helping overcome a physical barrier faced by an individual with a disability.


It includes features on: a device that allows a double amputee to get around, and exit safely from, her apartment; Calgary chapter building its own workshop; a device for a tetraplegic sharpshooter; and the growing trend of university engineering professors using Tetra challenges to teach the engineers of the future.


Announcing Guest Speaker and Winner of the Christopher Reeve Award 2012

The Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta) is pleased to announce its guest speaker and winner of the 2012 Christopher Reeve Award. Mr. Mark Zupan will be presented with the award at the annual Red Carpet Affair on Friday, March 16, 2012. The gala in support of the Association, will take place in Hall D of the Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton.


Mark Zupan, best known for his starring role in the Academy-Award nominated film, Murderball, is today one of the world's best quad rugby players, leading Team USA to a gold medal victory at the Beijing Paralympics in 2008 and looking forward to repeating the victory later this year at the London Paralympics.


Since 2006, the Christopher Reeve Award has been presented to an individual who, through their accomplishments, has brought great profile to the global village of persons with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities. Previous award winners include Jeff Adams (2006), Rick Hansen (2007), Sam Sullivan (2008), Chantal Petitclerc (2009), the Honourable Steven Fletcher (2010) and James Sanders (2011). 


For more information about your chance to meet Mark Zupan and about the Red Carpet Affair on March 16, 2012, please contact Marc Quinn at (780) 424-6312 or

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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) 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 as 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 and on the Right Track 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 is Roll and on the Right Track 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.  


50th Anniversary Open House Reception A Success!

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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 is now available on our website. 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 also has 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



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 to us by many individuals. CPA (Alberta) neither endorses nor guarantees that the information is complete or correct.


Music Saves III - the latest video highlighting music's power to change lives!  

Be one of the first to experience Music Saves III - the latest video highlighting music's power to change lives!


Blending a classic Canadian rock anthem with heartfelt messages from people whose lives have been touched by music, this is the third in the award-winning "Music Saves" series.


Please support opportunities in music for people with disabilities and the Vancouver Adapted Music Society with one or more of the following:


1. Check out the music video 

2. Donate to VAMS 

3. Share the video on Facebook 

Music Saves - spread the word - 




Available Coloplast Products 

Coloplast is retiring some of its older products. Please click here to see which products will be retired and their suggested replacements.


Website(s) to check out:

We know, the holidays can be more than intimidating when it comes time to start shopping for presents. Banish all fears about gift shopping with some help from the Reeve Foundation's 2011 Gift Guide for Individuals Living with Paralysis.  




Chiromatrix has a 3D model of the spine, which shows which organs and nerves are affected by various levels of spinal cord injury. 



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Events and News in Your Community



Calgary 2011 Peer Events

Peer event information is posted as it becomes available on the CPA (Alberta) website and on the CPA (Alberta) Facebook page.

For more information, contact Marilyn Erho at 403-228-3001.



AMA Launches Adapted Driver Training Program 

Alberta Motor Association is teaming up with the Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta) to deliver an adapted driver training program in Calgary for drivers with spinal cord injuries.

The three-year pilot program is funded by the Alberta Spinal Cord Injury Initiative implemented in partnership with the CPA (Alberta), and is taught by instructors from AMA Driver Education.

AMA Driver Education will tailor the program to suit the individual's needs, specific to the level of their injury. All participants will undergo a four-to-six hour refresher program which will teach them the basics about operating the adaptive equipment in the vehicle. They can also opt to enrol in the full Learn to Drive program, based on AMA new driver education courses.


For more information, contact:  

Sharon Grolmus, Manager, Driver Education
Alberta Motor Association - (403) 240-5478   

Don Szarko, Director, Advocacy and Community Services
Alberta Motor Association - (780) 430-5733 


Calgary Inferno "IGNITE" Wheelchair Rugby Tournament

The Calgary Wheelchair Rugby Association (Calgary Inferno) has partnered with Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay and Talisman Centre to present the very first Calgary Inferno "IGNITE" Wheelchair Rugby Tournament. The Tournament will run at Talisman Centre on the weekend of February 25-26, 2012. Games will be played all day with teams from across Canada competing against each other in this ultimate wheelchair sport. The Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay has routed from Okotoks to Talisman Centre to make a presentation and check out the hard-hitting action; the medal bearers will arrive approximately noon on Sunday, with a presentation to follow. Calgary Inferno athlete Zak Madell will be part of this historic relay, bearing the medal along the way from Okotoks to Calgary as the journey continues across Canada. This is a wonderful opportunity for you and your family to come down to Talisman Centre to be a part of this inspirational Rick Hansen Relay and to cheer on your local Calgary Inferno Wheelchair Rugby Club.   




SAVE the DATE: Red Carpet Affair 2012
Mark your calendar now for the annual gala of glitter, fun, inspiration and community recognition.  The annual Red Carpet Affair is set for Friday, March 16, 2012 at the Shaw Conference Centre - Hall D, Edmonton. Stay tuned for further announcements about the big night.  If you would like to contribute ideas, auction items or even names of others who might like to attend or sponsor or contribute something, please call us.  We would love to hear from you.  For all the details, call Marc Quinn at (780) 424-6312 ext. 2226 or See YOU on the Red Carpet!

City of Edmonton Waste Management Branch Offers Assisted Waste Collection Service

Did you know that the City of Edmonton's Waste Management Branch offers an assisted waste collection service for residents who cannot get their recycling or garbage to the curb or lane?


This service is for Edmonton residents with temporary or permanent mobility challenges who do not have someone to take their waste to the cub or back lane for them. Collectors will walk up to the home to pick up garbage and recycling. There is no charge for this service.


For more information call 780-496-5698 or go to



Wicihitowin Community Christmas Feast and Round Dance

When:Saturday December 17, 2011  

Where: Amiskwacy Academy 

    101 Airport Road, Edmonton 

    Start Time: TBA

For more information please contact Kris Janvier at 780-424-6312 or by e-mail at

Edmonton 2011 Peer Events

Peer event information is posted as it becomes available on the CPA (Alberta) website at and on the CPA (Alberta) Facebook page.

For more information, contact Brian McPherson at 780-424-6312, ext. 2241.


Barrier Free Press September eNewsletter 


Click here to view the Barrier Free Press September eNewsletter  


The Mobility Choices Training Program - Edmonton Transit System

At ETS, we recognize the importance of maintaining a public transit system

that is fully accessible for all Edmontonians. Our fleet of vehicles has low floors with ramps, and all LRT stations have elevators or ramps to enable access to the platform. The Mobility Choices Training Program was designed to tell Edmontonians about our range of accessibility options, and to teach people how to use them. The program will give you a general or detailed and specific overview of ETS accessible services and features, and is accompanied by route and service brochures, and vehicle demonstrations, or customized one-on-one training with ETS travel trainers. Edmonton Transit offers Mobility Choices on an individual and group basis. For individuals who wish to learn about using ETS, one-on-one training is available. For organizations and groups that need on-going training, ETS can also train agency representatives so that they can provide the information to their own clients.

For more information on the Mobility Choices Training Program, go to:


For information on the DATS program, go to:


Family Nexus - New Drive Agency Available

Family Nexus is a new drive agency in Edmonton, fully licensed and insured.  It was designed with the purpose of providing transportation and assistance to those residents who cannot travel by themselves.  Drivers will assist clients as needed with things such as grocery shopping, medical appointments, recreational outings, etc.  For more information, contact Family Nexus by phone at: 780-710-7209 or 780-757-7209 Or email  


United Way InKind Centre

Distributes goods and resources to qualified charitable organizations.  The InKind Centre is a community initiative of United Way of the Alberta Capital Region. 


Grande Prairie
CPA (Alberta) Grande Prairie peer information sessions and other activities.

For more information on peer events please contact Mieke or Winona at



We're Moving!

The Grande Prairie Regional Office will be moving in early January, 2012.We will continue to share an office with the Wolverines Wheelchair Sports Association at the Multiplex, next to the Coca-Cola Centre near the intersection of Hwy 40 and 68th Avenue (just past the new Tim Horton's on Hwy 40). For more information on the Multiplex please visit



Let's Talk Travel!

Grande Prairie Peer Event

When: December 9, 2011

Time: 11:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  

What: Have a conversation with WestJet Representative, Lorne MacKenzie at

Margaret Edgeson Manor, Community Room. Bring a bag lunch - beverages will be provided. Bring your photos of trips you've taken and share your stories!


For more information, contact Mieke or Winona at 780-532-3305


Cars for Christmas Campaign Has Fantastic Turnout of Volunteers! 

With sales over Halloween and enthusiastic CPA (Alberta) volunteers, we

exceeded ticket sales over the past 2 years for that week! THANK YOU! Our partnership with the Swan City Rotary Club will bring funding for Peer Events and adaptive office equipment to the Grande Prairie Region.  Ticket sales will continue at The Prairie Mall until Christmas in December at the Multi-plex. 


Grande Prairie Annual Wheelchair Basketball Tournament 

January 7-8, 2012
Grande Prairie Composite High School
Time:  8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 


Small Business Internship Program

Sympathetic to people with mobility issues, Renee Charboneau has been approved to host a 14-week internship position for a self-motivated person with reasonable computer skills.  She will come to your home to introduce and train you in the data entry system she will be using.  Renee hopes to provide employment to people who are "severely underemployed" or who have recently graduated from college, trade school or university. While education in E-Commerce is an asset, Renee would like to speak with anyone who is interested in helping forward this venture. 


Until the business has grown large enough to require an accessible building, people will work from home.  Renee's vision includes fairly rapid expansion with a target date of Autumn 2011 to have her business housed in a fully accessible building large enough to accommodate several work stations, an exercise space, and lounge chairs for pressure relief.


The following website includes further information regarding the Small Business Internship Program.


Feel free to contact Renee via email at or phone her in Grande Prairie at (780) 933-0182.


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 Creative Solutions & Ideas


WestJet To Purchase 10 Eagle 2 Guest Assist Transfer Devices 

In the first quarter of 2012, WestJet will be purchasing 10 Eagle 2 guest assist transfer devices. These devices will help passengers with mobility challenges, who are flying out of the Edmonton International Airport. WestJet will be the first airline in Canada to purchase the Eagle 2. 


Eagle 2: A motorized gantry system to assist in on-board guest transfers.


New web-tool opens up possibilities

Similar to how travel websites rate hotels and resorts, the Global Accessibility Map allows consumers to submit and obtain accessibility reviews from a mobility, sight or hearing perspective. With such information, people with disabilities, parents with strollers and those with walkers can make informed decisions on where to eat, shop, work, play and access services.  


Visit to submit reviews of places and services in your community, and help build a more inclusive world.  Watch a video segment about the Map below.


"Solutions in Motion" in motion, November 2011 

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Sports / Physical Activity / Wellness

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CPA (Alberta)'s Outdoor Adventures Program Climbs To New Heights!

CPA (Alberta)'s rock climbing program will start November 8th and runs until December 13th 2011, with staggered start times for participants from 6:30-8:30pm. The cost is $60.00 for the entire 6 weeks, with subsidies provided if necessary. All are welcome to come out for the first day (for a nominal fee of $10) to see if rock climbing is for you and want to sign up for the remainder of the program. No experience necessary, and all abilities and range of mobility welcome.  Space is limited, so sign up early!


Take a moment to check out this cool video of the most recent excursion of rock climbing from our friends at Accessible Media Inc.!

Outdoor Adventures Program - Rock Climbing

Outdoor Adventures Program - Rock Climbing

CPA (Alberta)'s Cross Country Sit Ski Program Ready to Hit the Slopes!  

CPA (Alberta)'s cross country sit ski program will start in December and run for 8 weeks. The cost of the program is $120.00 ($60.00 if you require a subsidy). There will also be an opportunity to participate in the Birkebeiner race in Edmonton in February (if you choose). No experience is necessary and all ability levels are welcome. There will be an info session and meet-and-greet at the ACT Family Centre on November 28th from 7-9 pm. Come out and get some more information about the program, mingle with volunteers, instructors and participants, and have some snacks!


Contact Amy MacKinnon at 780-424-6312 ext. 2231 or if you have questions or want to register for either program.


Paralympic Sports Association:

The Paralympic Sports Association (PSA) has some great sporting opportunities starting in September. The Tae Kwon Do program has a new added Saturday class, to assist with the high demand of this program. We will also be starting a new Women's Sledge Hockey night on Thursday that is open to all abilities. Bring out your friends to try this great sport! Click here for more information.    


Cerebral Palsy Association of Alberta:

Fall/Winter Program Schedule  


Wheelchair Sports

To find out more about wheelchair sports activities throughout Alberta, go to   


Music Saves!

Be one of the first to experience Music Saves III - the latest video highlighting music's power to change lives!


Blending a classic Canadian rock anthem with heartfelt messages from people whose lives have been touched by music, this is the third in the award-winning "Music Saves" series.


Please support opportunities in music for people with disabilities and the Vancouver Adapted Music Society with one or more of the following:


1. Check out the music video 

2. Watch Jim Byrnes describe music's impact  

3. Donate to VAMS  

4. Share the video on Facebook 

Music Saves - spread the word - 


Capital City Showdown Wheelchair Rugby Tournament

When: December 9 - 11, 2011

Where: Amiskwacly Academy, 101 Airport Road

For more info on the event click here

For event schedule click here 



Get in Motion

Get in Motion is a nation-wide physical activity counseling service for Canadians with spinal cord injury. This FREE service is designed to provide participants with the information and support they may need to meet personal physical activity goals, or just a little motivation to get started with a physically active lifestyle. To participate or receive more information from a physical activity counselor, please call the voicemail line at 1-866-678-1966, or email or visit


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Common Drug May Hold an Uncommon Secret 

An antibiotic you may have used to treat acne is showing promise for those with spinal cord injuries. 


Researchers at the University of Calgary have discovered that minocycline can help restore some movement in patients if administered within 12 hours of sustaining a spinal cord injury.


"Solutions in Motion" in motion, November 2011 


Spinal Cord Injury Community Survey -  Your Participation Is Needed!

If you have a spinal cord injury (SCI), you, more than anyone, understand your needs and can provide valuable insight into how well the Canadian health care and social services system are meeting them.


Your participation will make a difference! The survey results have the potential to provide SCI advocates, as well as service providers and government, with the evidence they need to address the most pressing issues for people with SCI.


We hope that you will choose to voice your opinion and participate.


To learn more about the SCI Community Survey or to take the Survey, visit: participation in the survey will be confidential and anonymous, and you will be compensated with a $25 gift card for your time.


If you have already completed or plan on participating in the survey, on behalf of the SCI Community Survey team, a big THANK YOU!

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CPA (Alberta)'s Employment Program Launches in Calgary

Do you find the interview process a challenge or quite difficult?

Mock interviews are a great way to work on landing that job.

Our Employment Program can work with you on building these skills.

Give Mike Hambly, Client Solutions Coordinator, a call in our Calgary office.

403-228-7433 or email 

EmployAbilities Career and Employment Centre in Edmonton

EmployAbilities offers services to people with disabilities, who may have a medical, sensory, mental, developmental or physical disabilities who are looking for a job.


EmployAbilities Career and Employment Centre commitment is to assist people with disabilities, particularly those facing barriers to employment to get the skills and information they need to become successful in the workplace.


They help by:


Providing help with job interview techniques

Access to job postings

Assistance with resumes and cover letters

Creative job search skills

Information on employment standards, labour laws, health and safety in the workplace, government programs and services and much more.

For more information please call (780) 423-4106


If you have any employement/education related questions, feel free to contact Mike Hambly in the CPA Calgary office at 403-228-7433 or

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 Fund Development


Optimize your support...

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Use your Shoppers Optimum Points to support CPA (Alberta)

By donating some (or all) of your Shoppers Points to CPA (Alberta), you are enabling us to use your points toward the purchase of products and supplies we need for our ongoing fundraising activities.


To donate your points, just go online to and browse the Shoppers Optimum section. Then click on "donate your points".  What if you're not a Shoppers Optimum Member?  No problem!  All of the necessary forms can be found online as well as in any Shoppers Drug Mart store across Canada


With your continued support, this initiative has the potential for us to greatly "optimize" our fundraising dollars.


Become a CPA (Alberta) Member

The Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta) has been providing services and support to Albertans who have experienced a spinal cord injury or physical disability since 1961. Our 50th anniversary is right around the corner, and your membership continues to be of great importance.

For a list of the many benefits available through your $20 membership, click here


Please note that your membership will not be denied due to financial hardship or lack of funds (so let us know on the membership enrollment form if this might be the case). 


Make your voice count... stay informed and connected!

To renew your membership:

CPA (Alberta) Membership Form


Call 780-424-6312 Ext 2241 or toll free 1-888-654-5444 to renew your CPA membership.


Thank you for your support!

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 Classifieds / Equipment for Sale 




Welcome to the classified section of the Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta). Lots of new ads have been added this month. Click here.


If you have anything you would like to buy or sell, please click here to e-mail a description of the item, your asking price and your contact information and we willl post your item as quickly as possible.    



For Sale: Dodge 5.2L 318ci Conversion Van 

192,000km (North American Coach). Power windows, locks, mirrors, cruise control, command start, intermittent wipers, tinted glass, air conditioning, tilt, am/fm cassette, winter/summer fronts and roof rack with rear ladder. The lift is a Ricon Uni-lite with 600lb. capacity and hand controls. Seating is the bench seat in the back as well as  four bucket seats and table. Asking $2600.00. If interested contact Dean at

1990 B250 North American Coach Conversion Van
600lb capacity RICON unilite wheelchair lift, power door openers and driver hand controls. Van has a 5.2L 318 V8 with 192,000km and an overdrive transmission. Air conditioning, power windows, locks, mirrors, tilt, cruise, tinted glass, command start, intermittent wipers, am/fm cassette, rear ladder and roof rack. Runs great. Asking $2600.00. Phone Dean at 403-273-5037


For Sale:  Invacare Storm TDX5 Electric Power Wheelchair


Like new, in perfect shape.   

Features include:

Power Tilt
Power Elevate
Custom Seat Back
Otto Bock Arm Rests
J2 Gel Cushion
4 Drive Speeds
17 Inch Seat Width
Battery Charger  

$6000 obo

Please email: for questions.


For Sale: ROHO Wheelchair Cushion  

New Quattro high profile ROHO wheelchair cushion 22 " x 20" asking $350.00 paid $650.




For Sale: 1999 Ford E-150 Passenger van with wheelchair SWING lift

-1999 Ford E-150 

-117,000 miles[yes miles]


-Trailer Hitch, Trailer Brakes, Wired for Trailers

-seats for 6

-have another single seat for back

-command style start for winter


Assistive equipment





$11,900 OBO Please contact Rick at for more details and pictures.     


For Sale: 2005 Ford Freestar Sport Model, With a Bruno Wheelchair Lift


This van is in excellent condition with 137,000 KM. The steering was modified to a reduced effort for ease of steering for a person with a disability. It has the following options: Keyless entry, power sliding doors, power rear lift gate, AM/FM Stereo, new battery and brakes, 4.2 V Six Engine, very good mileage and has been stored in underground parking since new. Asking $10,000.00 OBO. Please call Albert at 780-481-4390 or E-mail


For Sale: Evolution Scooter-Safari 4400


Limited Use - Limited kilometers, Blue, Deluxe Captain's Seat, 350 lbs weight capacity, powerful 1.5 motor, front & rear suspension, full lighting package, large black pneumatic tires, front and rear baskets. Contact 780-707-4913 for more information.


For Sale: Wheelchair Accessible Bungalow (NE Calgary)    

Pride of ownership ...This well-maintained 4 bedroom bungalow features a sunken living room with beautiful brick-faced fireplace, formal dining area overlooking living room, kitchen with eating nook, stainless steel appliances, sliding patio doors that open onto a huge deck. Spacious master with 3 piece ensuite and main 4 piece bath. 4th bedroom, spacious rec room, workshop/hobby room, area for your home office, and 3 piece bathroom. Lovely yard with mature trees for privacy. Front paved driveway can easily host 2 vehicles. Located on a non-thru road, close to schools, excellent access to LRT, Peter Lougheed, Safeway and so much more. This home is wheelchair accessible. Call today to view: Brandee Innes (CIR REALTY) Office: 403-271-0600 Cell: 403-681-3325 For complete details of this home click here 


Wanted: 3/4 bedroom, Wheelchair Accessible House/Condominium


 3/4 bedroom, wheelchair accessible house/condominium to rent for two young adults together with their caregiver(s). Reply to email: 


Wanted: Roomate!


Intellectually high functioning male (24), with cerebral palsy, seeking a like-minded, compatible individual to share housing accommodation and caregiver. Reply to email: 


For Sale: Outdoor Wheelchair Lift

Re-conditioned to work like new! Saskatchewan Abilities Council lifts are designed to work in our cold climate. Very quick and quiet with smooth stops. Maximum height 47" with worm drive limit switches to make adjustment very easy. All mechanical parts in perfect running order. New cables and paint. Plugs into 120 volt outlet. Lift uses electric motor with gear reduction to a cable reel. Loading tray mounts on either side with a large 45" x 47" platform which is grated to allow snow and rain to pass through. Safety railing can be moved to either side. 250 Kilogram capacity. Key-operated with long toggle for easy access. CSA approved. Delivery and installation can be negotiated for local residents. This lift is in Lethbridge with an asking price of $1,700.00 Call 403-331-7999 anytime for questions and viewing or email 


For Sale: RICON Wheelchair Lift 

Currently installed in a bus so any prospective buyer can see how well the unit works. Accessible bus was purchased to transform into a mechanic service truck and the lift is not required. Asking $1,800 for the lift O.B.O. Please call 403-607-8672, e-mail 


For Sale: 1998 Crown Victoria


Excellent condition, hardly used, 14,000 km, hand controls, asking $7,500 or best offer. Call Bob Fransen at 780-467-5802  


For Sale: Wheelchair Accessible Home (Edmonton)


This wheelchair accessible home is move-in ready. Inside this 914 square foot home you will find laminate flooring, doors with 36 inches of clear passage space, one bathroom on the main floor with wheelchair access, as well as easy entry to the back patio with ramps to backyard and front driveway access. Another great feature in this home you will find no cabinet below the kitchen sink which allows greater access to the sink. There are also support bars/handles in bathrooms, lever handles instead of door knobs and a built-in elevator into the fully finished basement that has a very open floor plan that provides maneuverability, to the second washroom, wet bar and 4th bedroom! For more information

please click here or contact Real Estate Agent, Michelle Derk at  780-406-4000 or e-mail



For Sale: 2001 Pontiac Montana Accessible Van

165,000 km, air conditioning, power windows and doors, heated seats, power door for lift, automatic lift (floor is not lowered), all seats (not all are installed), hand controls (not currently installed). $6,500 OBO. Call Shirley at (780) 250-6301 for more details. 


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