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Dear Wheel-E Newsletter Recipients:
Welcome to the January 2013 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 that individuals with disabilities face 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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Join us in Celebrating Possibilities at the 2013 Red Carpet Affair!

The Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta) will celebrate its 10th annual Red Carpet Affair on March 15th, 2013 at the Edmonton Expo Centre. This event honors special individuals and organizations that make an outstanding contribution in making Alberta a better place for all people with disabilities.

Fundraise Your Way to the Red Carpet Affair 2013
As a new incentive, persons with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities now have the ability to fundraise their way onto the Red Carpet. By reaching out to your personal and professional network, you can secure your opportunity to share the spotlight on the Red Carpet. To get started, follow the link and click on the START FUNDRAISING tab on the red navigation bar.

Health Council of Canada Highlights CPA (Alberta) Practices
A report by the Health Council of Canada: Empathy,dignity and respect, creating cultural safety for Aboriginal people in urban health care. It also includes some information about CPA (Alberta)'s practices that have made its program more specific to the Aboriginal population. To view the report click here

Cushions Still Available

Thanks to the generosity of MEDIchair (Edmonton location), CPA (Alberta) received a donation of nearly 100 cushions!  Special 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, 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
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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 stations not 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.  

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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.   


Restaurant Group Dates Set!

A notice to all who are interested in getting out and about while enjoying some great food; please keep the following dates and times open:


Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 6:00pm to 8:45pm

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 6:00pm to 8:45pm


Please note that the locations will be announced soon!


We are looking for individuals who would like to come out and be a host at one of these groups and assist in leading and mentoring others.  Let Marilyn Erho know if you are interested.We also need individuals who will come out and join in the groups. 


Discovering the Power in Me Calgary

At any stage in your journey of recovery, hope, belief in self and resiliency are essential. To know more about this course, check out the video below!

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Discovering the Power in Me

If you would like to attend this unique event please call Marilyn Erho. The date, time and location will be coming out the beginning of January. 


Other Events of Interest 

Theatre Calgary - The Kite Runner

Date:  Thursday, Feb 14

Time:  10:30 am - 1:30pm

Tickets:  $20.00 total - 1 wheelchair and 1 companion

Tickets are based on availability.


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.

Discovering the Power in Me
Discovering the Power in Me is a powerful program about discovering the resiliency we all have within. You will have the opportunity to take part in a powerful, shared experience, where you learn to reflect on past attitudes and behaviors and then retrain positive visualization of goals.

For dates and further information, click here.

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

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


Caregivers Navigator Training - Support Caregivers in Your Practice

A one day workshop that trains health professionals, service providers and community agency staff to better support caregivers by showing them how to identify caregivers early in their journey, support caregivers to adopt self care practices and facilitate caregivers' access to resources and referrals. For more information or to register click here. 


RAPS (Residential Aide Placement Service) has Moved:
They are now located at #110, 17420 Stony Plain Road, Edmonton, AB, T5S 1K6, Phone: 780-425-5450,


Mammogram Testing
Mammograms are recommended every year after the age of 40 and every 2 years after the age of 50. It is sometimes difficult however for women with disabilities who use wheelchairs to access this equipment. Mobile units in remote sites are not low enough to be able to do the mammogram while sitting in a wheelchair, therefore individuals need to go to Edmonton or another fixed site for a mammogram. Screen Test is part of an Alberta program for early detection of breast cancer.  Mammograms for individuals in wheelchairs can be done at the Kingsway Garden Mall site in Edmonton if you can sit up and if someone can lift your arms for you. A doctors referral is not required. When booking your appointment, let the booking clerk know you are in a wheelchair so that they can book two technicians for the test. You will need to provide your Alberta Health Care number and the date and location of your last mammogram if it was done in the past 5 years.  You will also be required to fill in a form which will take about 10 minutes prior to the test and the test itself will take 10-15 minutes.  

Alberta Health Services Breast Cancer Screening Program (Screen Test): 311 Kingsway Garden Mall, 109 Street and Kingsway Garden Avenue, 780-643-4678. Hours of operation: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm.   


International Day of Persons With Disabilities Celebration

Take a look at some photos of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities celebration held at the Edmonton Expo Centre on Monday, December 3, 2012. Over 300 people attended the annual event. Click here to check them out!

Adapted Adventures Program  

The CPA (Alberta) Adapted Adventures Program offers opportunities to participate in recreational activities, such as rock climbing, paddling, hand cycling, scuba diving, trail running with the TrailRider, fishing and cross country skiing. Also look for yoga coming in early 2013!  Adapted Adventures also has weekend trips featuring a variety of activities.We provide quality instruction, adapted equipment and affordable programs to minimize barriers of participation. Subsidies available if necessary. All abilities welcome, as well as family and friends.

Click here for program brochure. To view the Winter Adapted Adventures newsletter, click here. To find out more about this exciting program, please click here. For more information please contact us at or 780-424-6312. 


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 


Health Council of Canada Highlights CPA (Alberta) Practices
A report by the Health Council of Canada: Empathy,dignity and respect, creating cultural safety for Aboriginal people in urban health care. It also includes some information about CPA (Alberta)'s practices that have made its program more specific to the Aboriginal population. To view the report click here

Grande Prairie   

CPA (Alberta) Grande Prairie Peer Information Sessions/Other Activities

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

780-532-3305 or  


Accessible Toilets
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Patent Lawyer
A patent lawyer associated with the Centre for Research and Innovation will be available on January 16, 2013. You can book an appointment to discuss your inventions and ideas by phoning 780-539-2807. 

Volunteer Recognition
Grande Prairie Recognizes Doug Eddy for years of volunteer work.  

International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Held on December 3, 2012 with the following in attendance: Mayor Bill Given and council members, Kevin O'Toole, John Crocken, Justin Munroe, Lorne Radbourne and Dan Wong. Interactive sessions provided by Dea Bell (Crank Cycles and Fusion Yoga) and Justin (Self Defense). Homemade quilt raffle raised $827 and quilt was won by Lois Duke.

Family Caregiver Tax Credit  

Trouble with Accessible Parking Being Used by People Who Do Not Need It?  

Contact Operation Traffic Watch


Red Deer 


Gym Membership 

CPA (Alberta) clients are eligible to receive a one year Gym Membership at the Red Deer College Train Station. Please contact the Red Deer Office for more information at 403-341-5060.   

 Creative Solutions and Ideas

Smart Phone  


Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon® NaturallySpeaking® that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages. In fact, it's up to five (5) times faster than typing on the keyboard. 

 With Dragon Dictation you can also dictate status updates directly to your Social Networking applications (Facebook and Twitter) or send notes and reminders to yourself....all using your voice. So when you're on-the-go, stop typing and start speaking - from short text messages to longer email messages, and anything in between. 

Dragon Dictation supports a multitude of global languages. For a full list of currently supported languages visit Parlez Francais? Courtesy of Apple App Store


Amos Winter: The Inexpensive All-Terrain Wheelchair 

How do you build a wheelchair ready to blaze through mud and sand, all for under $200? MIT engineer Amos Winter guides us through the mechanics of an all-terrain wheelchair that is inexpensive and easy to build -- for true accessibility -- and gives us some lessons he learned along the road. To learn more, click here.  


Automatic Wine Bottle Opener

A wine bottle opener from Oster that will allow you to uncork your wine with the touch of a button. Cordless and rechargeable. To purchase, go to



Interesting Websites 

Broadened Horizons

Broadened Horizons, specializes in Voice and Switch Environmental Controls, Adaptive Video Gaming, Mounting, Computer and Mobile Phone Access. Visit 


Staying Independent in Old Age, With a Little Help 

With our rapidly aging population, a major focus is accommodation and caregiving. The following website provides some interesting information -


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Sports / Physical Activity / Wellness

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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


Recreation Discovery 

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

Click here for more information 

Rocky Mountain Adaptive Sports Centre 
Adaptive Sports Centre (RMASC) 10 Week Alpine Ski Program and 8 week Nordic Ski Program for the 2012/2013 Winter Season. Click here for more information about the Adaptive Nordic Ski Program. Click here for ten week information sheet.
For more information, contact Jamie McCulloch, General Manager, Rocky Mountain Adaptive Sports Centre,Tel: 403-431-1154, or

The Alberta Soccer Association (ASA), in partnership with the Paralympic Sports Association and other disability organizations, is running the Soccability program (an adapted soccer program for people of all abilities). This program will be held every 2 weeks, beginning November 5, on Mondays from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at St. Joseph's Catholic High School (10830 109 Street). Email or phone John at the ASA for more information: 780-474-2200 ext. 250 (W), 587-435-5611 (D),

The Alberta Sports and Recreation Association for the Blind will be hosting co-ed recreational Goalball on Wednesday nights. For more information call (780) 437 - 8159 or email

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Learning to Walk Again with the Ekso Bionics Exoskeleton
This past December CPA (Alberta) staff were invited to witness history as a gentleman with a T4 spinal cord injury was fitted to walk again using an Ekso Bionics exoskeleton. The demonstration, arranged by Louise Miller of SCITCS, provided the opportunity for Denny Ross to walk independently for the first time since acquiring his injury. Photo and video courtesy of Kory Mathewson.
Ekso Bionoics Exoskeleton Demo 
Ekso Bionoics Exoskeleton Demo

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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 vehicle to CPA (Alberta), simply fill out the DONATE NOW tab at Donate A Car Canada will look after everything to make your donation easy. 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 the first week of February, 2013. Deadline for submissions is on or before the 26th of each month. 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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