You Will Make A Difference In Someone’s Life

Your gift creates access and breaks down barriers

A spinal cord injury can happen in an instant and it can happen to anyone. The journey from hearing you’ll never walk again to living a healthy, full and independent life is a challenging one. But we know, first hand, that it’s possible with a community of staff, volunteers and donors that care.

Megan and her son riding their cycles

Megan’s Story

“I woke up unable to walk. The ER Doctor told me I had a slipped disc that was puncturing my spinal cord and almost splitting it in half. He told me I needed emergency surgery to remove the disc and to try to fix the damage but that I only had a 1% chance of walking again. The first thing that flashed before my eyes was my three-year-old son and my husband and how are they going to manage.

I felt lost. Thankfully, Chris from Spinal Cord Injury Ontario provided me with valuable information and the comfort of knowing that there was a community of people offering support and guidance to me, including Sally, the peer mentor he connected me with.”

READ MEGAN'S STORY
Jake waterskiing

Jake’s Story 

“Through my ignorance I was viewing their guidance as a sign of giving up when in fact what my peer mentor was actually doing was preparing me for the inevitable.”

Jake Thomas was apprehensive about speaking to a peer mentor when he was first injured but with time, things changed. Jake’s now thriving and loving life with his fantastic family, ensuring he makes plenty of time to hit the lake for some water skiing whenever possible.

READ JAKE'S STORY

2020 at a Glance

2011

Clients received
essential support & services

24

Online courses made available free
on Cortree

330

Peer support
partnerships

212

Peer Connection
events 

13

Service locations
across Ontario

84

People received essential mobility equipment

157

Clients were successfully placed in jobs

100%

Full accessibility is our vision for Ontario

man in hand cycle

Craig’s Story

“Having suffered a T11/T12 complete Injury … it was kind of surreal. I don’t think I fully comprehended the scale of my injuries. I was being taught so many new life changing skills; it was hard to take it all in.

To be able to talk to someone who still follows their passion is inspiring.

To be able to talk to a husband and wife who can speak about the new caregiver role you will need and give you some insight into what to expect on the road ahead is invaluable.

To be able to talk with people who have built an accessible home and can give you tips on all the challenges that lay ahead is so gratifying.

They seem like little things at the time, but they’re new life skills you are going to use on the road ahead. I was so fortunate to have this service available to me, and didn’t realize how much I needed it.”

Craig Millar

Life is dramatically changed by a spinal cord injury.

Following months of hospital care, recovery and rehabilitation, you’ll have to work out how to support yourself financially — how to afford a mobility device, medical supplies and supports. You might need to modify your home or find an accessible place to live.

You’ll need access to specialized health care, close to home. You may have to learn new ways to manage bowel and bladder function, to have sex, to get around town and to talk about how all of it is affecting you.

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Government funding limitations mean that there are significant gaps in service throughout the province.

Your donation fills those gaps.

You fund essential programs built on 75 years of experience.

SERVICE CO-ORDINATION

experienced and knowledgeable navigators helping people achieve their goals and gain independence after a spinal cord injury.

PEER SUPPORT

Trained volunteers with lived experience helping the newly injured overcome the social, psychological and physical challenges of living with a disability.

KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE

Promoting independence and awareness by acquiring, curating and sharing current knowledge and best practices.

RESEARCH

Supporting research that will improve lives of people with spinal cord injury.

ADVOCACY 

Amplifying the voice of people with a spinal cord injury for policy change and improved services from government, the health care system and communities.

EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

Preparing and connecting workers and employers.

ENHANCING INDEPENDENCE 

Essential equipment for those who cannot afford it.

Your gift will help people:

NAVIGATE THE SYSTEM
ADJUST TO LIFE WITH A PHYSICAL DISABILITY
ACHIEVE BETTER HEALTH OUTCOMES
ADVOCATE FOR CHANGE
REACH THEIR GOALS

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