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SCIO 75th Anniversary

In 2020, we’re celebrating 75 years since our founders established the Canadian Paraplegic Association, which led to revolutionary change for people living with spinal cord injury and to the vibrant organization Spinal Cord Injury Ontario is today. This year, we honour all the work and change that has occurred since 1945, and look beyond to the future, where we continue to realize our vision of people with SCI living the life they choose in a fully inclusive Ontario.




We’re planning lots of opportunities for our community to get involved in our anniversary celebrations, in particular our 75th Diamond Ball birthday party in Spring 2021. Thanks to all who got involved in our Rolling Through Barriers Month in July as community members shared videos or photos of them (their family members, friends, pets) rolling through the barriers they face in Ontario. Check out our Upcoming Events for dates and details on virtual events, and stay tuned for SCIO communications on all the ways you can celebrate with us.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, all SCIO in-person events have been postponed until further notice. We’ll keep you updated as things change. 



75th Anniversary Meme: 2020 is the year we break down barriers!

In support of all our community does to advocate for greater access to specialized health care, mobility devices, medical supplies and the built environment, we’re creating awareness of these important issues on social media. Feel free to share our memes with your network too! Stay updated on our advocacy work. And connect with your municipal, provincial or federal representatives to let them know you’re serious about accessibility.



Take a look at some of the milestones in our rich history. Read about our Vision and Mission. Get to know why our peer program is so crucial to our clients. If you’re not already an SCIO community member – become one today!



We’re aiming to raise $1.75 million this year to fund vital programs and services that support people living with SCI and other physical disabilities in Ontario. You can help! Our response to COVID-19 has had to be quick and comprehensive to serve our community, which is at high risk. Any amount you can give will help during this challenging time. We thank all those who contributed to our recent Safe@Home campaign and Rolling Through Barriers, and any other way you’ve help us reach our fundraising goals. Learn more about Giving at SCIO.


We invite our community to share your thoughts with us. (Whether you have an SCI, are a family member, health care pro, donor, partner or volunteer, we value your opinion!)

    Looking Back

    What do you feel has most improved life with a spinal cord injury in Ontario?

    Looking Beyond

    What do you feel needs to happen to improve life with a spinal cord injury?

    We will post comments on this site throughout 2020. If you would like your name associated with your comment, please include it here.

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    We share our 75th anniversary celebrations with SCI Canada, which works with the federal government to represent the SCI community, and with our fellow provincial SCI organizations across Canada, who bring to life the outstanding work of our founders.

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