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Advocacy @ SCIO

The Revolution Continues

Activism is in our blood. Our founders had a keen vision of what life could be for people with a spinal cord injury, and they worked fiercely for change. Today, there is much improved health care and far greater opportunities for independent living than in 1945 but change is still critical. A fully inclusive Ontario means accessibility across the board - eliminating physical barriers and expanding access to important areas such as....health care, mobility devices and medical supplies. We're on it.

Your move, Ontario

A campaign to inspire Ontarians to highlight critical issues affecting our community and encourage candidates to weigh in through a questionnaire we shared with all provincial candidates in the spring.


We are grateful to the individuals and organizations who share our vision for a more equitable province and dedicate so much time, talent and energy toward making change. We can’t do it without you! Here are some of our current advocacy campaigns and outcomes:

A $6 million commitment

The Ontario government announced a $6 million commitment this spring and will be implemented over a three-year period to support Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF) and Spinal Cord Injury Ontario as we work with partners from public health care, the auto insurance and personal injury legal community, and clinical service providers to revolutionize the current care system for people who sustain brain or spinal cord injuries in motor vehicle collisions. Read the FAQ


Primary Care web conference

Spinal Cord Injury Ontario Advocacy Memes

In March, we hosted with Ontario Telemedicine Network a Primary Care web conference that was certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Ontario Chapter. This well-attended conference was an important step toward increasing awareness in the medical community of the ‘regional lottery’ that currently exists for people looking for local specialized health care. Our social media campaign highlighted this need for more family physicians who can treat people with SCIs. You can view the webcast here.


A meeting of the minds

In April, representatives from the 70 member organizations of the Ontario SCI Alliance met for a day long retreat to discuss some of the most pressing health issues facing people with a spinal cord injury, strategies to improve primary care and how best to use our collective voice.



Peter Athanasopoulos

Peter Athanasopoulos, our Senior Manager, Government Relations and Public Policy, is the driving force behind our advocacy efforts. In photo, Peter (centre), MP Rob Oliphant (left) and CEO Stuart Howe gather at the Toronto SCIO office after discussing accessible housing and the federal accessibility legislation. Read a profile on Peter, published in a recent Outspoken! magazine.

Read for action? Join our e-community. We’ll keep you updated on our activities, and share early opportunities to advocate for people with an SCI and other disabilities.


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