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Dear Wheel-E Newsletter Recipients:
Welcome to the October 2012 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 injuries 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

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News - Province Wide 

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Media Release - Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta) not to be Affiliated with Canadian Quadraplegic Association

The Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta) would like to clarify that it is in no way associated with the "Canadian Quadraplegic Association". Although both organizations have similar names, the similarities end there. 

Read more.... 


Join us in Celebrating Possibilities at the 2013 Red Carpet Affair!

Albertans Encouraged to Nominate Someone for Enriching the Lives of Persons with Disabilities
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2012 Premier's Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities Awards. These awards are presented annually to recognize people who work toward creating communities where all citizens can participate fully.
Click Here To read more 


ACCD: Campaign for Barrier-Free Health and Medical Services in Alberta

ACCD needs your help to ensure that Albertans with disabilities have equal access to health services, such as doctor's offices and medical exams. Click here to see further information! 


Putting the Patient First: 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. In response to this, ACCD has started an awareness campaign. 

Click here for further information.


Access2Entertainment Card

Access to Entertainment If you love going to the movies, find out more about the Access2Entertainment Card! Led by the Easter Seal Ability Council, the Canadian Paraplegic Association is one of several partners in this initiative which allows consumers with disabilities to go to movies without having to pay the additional cost of an attendant/support person. For more information go to 


Community Living Attendant Training Pilot Project

CPA (Alberta) is testing a Community Living Attendant Training Pilot Project (CLAT) that will train students to provide assistance to persons with physical disabilities with their activities of daily living. There are a number of ways that you can help to make this pilot project a success! For more information about CLAT, contact Kristie Coulombe, Program Coordinator at 780-424-6312 or


Cushions Donated

Thanks to the generosity of MEDIchair (Edmonton location) CPA (Alberta) has received a donation of nearly 100 cushions! Thanks as well to FI Canada for their assistance with storage of these cushions.


All cushions are new or previously trialed and there are a variety of brands and sizes available.CPA (Alberta) neither endorses nor guarantees any of these products and recommends that, in order to prevent any complications that may result from the use of any of these cushions, that you contact your medial service provider or seating specialist. Steve Saoberg from MEDIchair, Edmonton location (780-437-3300) may be able to provide assistance with any technical questions.


CPA (Alberta) members can 'purchase' one cushion at a cost of $75/cushion to cover shipping and handling. Brand-new, these cushions range in price from $250-$600.

For more information on how to obtain a cushion, contact your local CPA (Alberta) Client Services Coordinator.





Video of the Month

Discovering the Power in Me CPA Peer Program
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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.


Adapted Computer Technology Loan Program 

Do you find yourself limited by conventional computer equipment? Are you seeking more independence at home, work, or school? Are you interested in improving your current computer set-up? If so, please inquire about our Adapted Computer Technology Loan Program, which is free of charge.

Please click here for more information. 


Online Resource Guide for People with Physical Disabilities

Check out CPA (Alberta)'s online resource guide for people with physical disabilities, which is 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. If you would like more information, contact Zachary Weeks at   


Full Serve Gas Stations

If you know of any full serve gas stationsnot included on our list, or 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.    


Interesting Websites

RAM Wheelchair Mounts for the iPad & iPhone 


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Events and News in Your Community



Calgary 2012 Peer Events

Peer event information is posted as it becomes available on the CPA (Alberta) website at or click here for more information. Peer Event updates can also be found on the CPA (Alberta) Facebook page. For more information, contact Marilyn Erho at 403-228-7434.   




Edmonton 2012 Peer Events

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

Meet and Greets take place on the first Wednesday of every month.

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


2012 Accessible Parking Awareness Week Kick-Off

When:Monday, November 26, 2012 

Time: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (GMT-07:00)

Where: Heritage Room, City Hall, Sir Winston Churchill Square

Disability Employer Connections (DEC) Presents:

World Café Event!

When: Thursday November 15, 2012

Where: City Hall, #1 Sir Winston Churchill Square

Time: Registration at 8:30 AM

For more information click here to see event poster!


Internet Voting Testing

The City of Edmonton's next General Election will take place on October 21, 2013, and the City is currently involved in an exciting project - testing an internet voting option for potential use in future general elections.  


Offering Edmonton electors an internet voting option will depend on the results of a Proof of Concept being conducted by the City this fall.  Its purpose is twofold: 1) To gauge the readiness of Edmontonians to use internet voting as a valid alternative in the 2013 General Election and 2) to test the technological readiness. To continue reading, click here


Free RDSP Session 

PLAN Edmonton is sponsoring a free RDSP session of interest to parents and other family members who are, or may be, involved in planning for the future security of a relative with a disability. The workshop covers in-depth information about the RDSP. Click here for more event information..


Adapted Adventures Program (formerly Outdoor Adventures Program) 

Check out CPA (Alberta)'s Adapted Adventures program. To find out more about this exciting program, please click here!


Four Brand New Wheelchair Accessible Condo Units Available

Click here for more information about these units located at Windsor Park in Sherwood Park, Alberta.


Aboriginal Services 

Pow Wow Night

October 23. 2012
First session only: Canadian Native Friendship Centre, 11728 - 95 Street, Edmonton, AB
Seasonal location: Tuesday, October 30th, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Stanley A. Milner Library in the Edmonton Room

For more information, click here


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

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

780-532-3305 or


Cerebral Palsy Day Declared in Grande Prairie
Sept 4, 2012


AISH and Mutual Fund Websites
Click here for more information 


Accessible Taxis
Topic on the table in Grande Prairie


Parking Lot Party
Eastlink's Parking Lot Party with spotlight on wheelchair basketball

CPA (Alberta) volunteer orientation meeting was held on Sept 29. Please contact the Grande Prairie office if you are interested in helping!


Peace Health Advisory Council Public Meetings
Nov. 22, 2012 - Fairview, Location TBD, 5:00 - 8:00 pm       

Handcycle Clinics
Offered by certified fitness trainers during the FAll at the EastLink Centre. Please contact the CPA office for more information


Operation Traffic Watch

Operation Traffic Watch allows people who witness traffic violations an easy way to report them. For more information click here.


Regular Events

Grande Prairie Residential Society meetings
Third Mondays - 11:30 - 1:30pm .


CCSVI Group.  Golden Age Centre
First Tuesdays  7pm - 9pm    
This group is interested  in developing supports for Alberta to consider the procedure for our province. Please see background information from the United States and Canada. Click here for more information 


Red Deer 


The CPA (Alberta) Red Deer offfice and the Red Deer College Train Station are providing FREE ONE YEAR GYM MEMBERSHIPS to 10 lucky clients! Contact Wanda at the Red Deer Office to enter to win and for more details! 403-341-5060 or


Red Deer to Host International Day for Persons with Disabilities

IDPD Day is coming up on December 3rd. This year Red Deer will be hosting at a local high school with a light luncheon to follow at the HUB on Ross. This year's event will also be an awards ceremony honoring local businesses and individuals who make a difference in the Community. Local Heroes come in all forms, if you think you have a candidate in mind, please contact Wanda and tell her all about it! 


New Space Needed for Adaptive Workout Equipment

CPA (Alberta) Red Deer Office is looking for a new home for its adaptive workout equipment. If you know of a gym that would be a good fit, please call Wanda at 403-341-5060.


West Central 

West Central Alberta Gets New TrailRider!

West Central (CPA) Alberta and the Central Alberta Push to Open Chapter have now raised enough money to buy their very own TrailRider for Central Alberta! More details to follow, but please start planning how and when and where you want to go! For information on this adaptive equipment, you can go to Google or YouTube and search for TrailRider!


 Creative Solutions & Ideas

RAM Wheelchair Mounts for the iPad & iPhone

RAM is known worldwide for mobile mounting systems. Normally this brings to mind vehicles such as automobiles. However, RAM is also a world leader in mounts for wheelchairs; another vehicle used by many. For those who use this mode of transportation as part of their daily lives, RAM offers mounts that will insure your iPad or iPhone is safe, secure and always within easy reach. Simple to install, while allowing for convenient removal of your Apple product, the mounting possibilities become endless for your iPad or iPhone. Check them out here

The SmartWheel: Setting the Standard

The SmartWheel sets the standard in the field of wheelchair use analysis. SmartWheel use is supported by evidence-based research, an active SmartWheel Users Group and Database, and a strong presence in leading clinics nationwide. To learn more visit  

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Sports / Physical Activity / Wellness

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CPA (Alberta) Friend Kuen Tang Reaches For The Top!

An Edmonton woman had the opportunity to take part in a unique climb in the Rockies, this weekend. 

Kuen Tang has been a quadriplegic for 11 years, but that hasn't held her back from skiing, hiking, even climbing a mountain! Thanks to the help of a team from the Rocky Mountain Adaptive Sports Centre (RMASC), on Saturday, September 23, 2012 Tang ascended Ha Ling Peak near Canmore, an estimated 7900 ft. above sea level.

"This hike is not about me or my disability. It's about the fact that the community can help anyone with a disability, to do the impossible," said Tang. To read more on Kuen, please click here 


Parkland County Developing More River Access

Though predominantly rural in nature, Parkland County also has lakes, beaches, golf courses and outdoor attractions that highlight the area's natural beauty. The North Saskatchewan River offers extensive wilderness areas teeming with wildlife. However, the high banks that enable spectacular views of the river valley in this county have also made it difficult for people to reach the river's edge. 


"These new initiatives will improve access to the river," says Cross. "They will also give people a trail system they can use for recreation, and a link to communities and attractions they can visit on foot, bicycle, horseback or even cross-country skis." Click here to read more!  


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


Cerebral Palsy Fall Program Schedules

Children and Youth and Adult Program Schedule - September-December 2012. Programs fill up quickly so Fall programs are being advertised early to accommodate individuals and families who require more time to plan activities.


For more information, contact Kim Henye, Program Coordinator

Direct Phone: 780-477-8030 Fax: 780-471-0855.


Recreation Discovery 

Contact Recreation Discovery to connect with agencies offering recreation for people with disabilities in Calgary.

Click here for more information 


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Study Announcement: Spinal Cord Injury, Stem Cells and Risk   
Researchers at the University of British Columbia are interested in your views about the potential risks of participating in stem cell research for spinal cord injury.

Research Participants Needed 

FES-assisted arm and leg-cycling/Leg-cycling-alone for improving ambulation after incomplete spinal cord injury
The purpose of this study is to compare whether FES- assisted arm/leg cycling or leg cycling alone strengthens remaining connections between the brain and the muscles, to ultimately better improve the potential recovery of walking after incomplete spinal cord injury. Read more... 

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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.




Donate A Car

Donate A Car Canada accepts vehicle donations for the Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta). To donate a car, truck, RV, boat, motorcycle or other vehicle to CPA (Alberta) simply fill out the DONATE NOW tab at Donate A Car Canada can provide you with free towing in many areas across Canada. Donate a Car Canada can pick up your car or truck, or you can drop off your vehicle to maximize your donation. When you donate your car it will either be recycled or sold at auction depending on its condition, age and location. A confirmation email will advise of the appropriate processing method. Donate A Car Canada will look after everything to make your donation easy for you to support the Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta). DONATE NOW at and CPA (Alberta) will send you a tax receipt after your car donation is complete!


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Use Your Power for Good

50% of profits on your electricity usage each month can help individuals with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities!
Click here to find out more! 


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.

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). Many new ads have been added this month. Click here to see more ads. 


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 will post your item as quickly as possible.

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.

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Submissions/Subscribers/Contact Us


Please let others know about Wheel-E! They can subscribe by emailing or giving us a call.                                                         
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Please give us your thoughts and feedback on our Newsletter. If you have announcements you would like posted, please submit to:


The next issue of CPA (Alberta) Wheel-E will be published on November 1, 2012. Deadline for submissions is on or before October 26th, 2012. Whenever possible, please send in your announcements before the deadline!


For more information about CPA (Alberta), visit our website at    

The Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta) neither endorses nor guarantees any of the products or services advertised in Wheel-E or on our website.     

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