The heart of who we are
Our essential goals have been intact since 1945, when our founders, having sustained spinal cord injury, returned to Ontario from the Second World War and rejected institutionalization as their lot in life. That spirit of moving boldly forward, of living the life you choose in spite of overwhelming challenges, characterizes our charity today, thanks to our active, caring community.
People with spinal cord injury living the life they choose in a fully inclusive Ontario.
We deliver and champion excellence in service, support and advocacy for and with people with spinal cord injury.
Peer to peer. Strength to strength.
These few words of our new tagline capture the core of SCIO, as our Peer Support Program brings peers together to share insights and experience from injury to recovery to rehab to achieving personal life goals. The challenging journey of life with a spinal cord injury is a complex and surprising one, with each day bringing new ways to move from strength to strength.
Leading the way
We follow our founders’ lead every day as we work to increase the health, mobility and options of those living with spinal cord injury all across this province. It’s a profoundly important job that is accomplished through an unwavering commitment to the person behind the injury, and by maintaining active relationships with the people and communities we serve and work alongside.
- As a registered Canadian charity, we inspire organizations and individuals to learn about issues relating to living with a spinal cord injury, and to take philanthropic action to effect change.
- We work with municipal and provincial governments to make changes on systemic levels.
- We work together with health care providers across Ontario to protect the health and well-being of people living with spinal cord injury.
- And we work directly with our clients and their families in large and small communities throughout the long and challenging journey from injury to recovery to rehabilitation to independent living.
We know our work is having the kind of positive, lasting impact our founders set forth to accomplish, confirmed by a snapshot of some of our 2017-18 facts and figures:
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Other things to know about SCIO:
- Integrity is important to us – read our Code of Ethics, Strategic Plan and Accreditations
- We work as a team – get to know our Board of Directors, staff, supporters and partners and our people and their stories.
- We have a long, proud history – read about our heritage.
- We help clients connect with community resources all across this province – check our Ontario offices
If you have a spinal cord injury or are a family member of someone who does and want to tap into our resources or services, we are here to help.