Spinal Cord Injury Ontario

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SCIO has been changing lives in the province for 75 years. As a charity steeped in history and expertise on all issues relating to spinal cord injury and life with a disability, we are proud to share our story - and our knowledge - with you.

SCIO in the News

Kingston Whig-Standard on SCIO philanthropy award to Bergeron Clifford Law

CTV News on Oda’s UberEats experience and Rolling Through Barriers on Wheel-Trans service December 2019

CBC News on wheelchair repair waits September 2019

Toronto Life Magazine on Chris Channon Thailand attack/recovery September 2019

Global News on Chris Channon September 2019

Toronto Sun on Chris Channon September 2019

The Toronto Star on Chris Rice May 2019

Orillia Matters on SCIO Ski Day February 2019

A Brief History

During the First World War, if a soldier sustained a spinal cord injury there was a very high chance they wouldn’t make it home. And of those who did, only 10% lived longer than a year.

In 1945 a group of Second World War veterans founded the Canadian Paraplegic Association, a network of provincial autonomous spinal cord organizations. In 1979, CPA Ontario was incorporated and in 2012, our name was changed to Spinal Cord Injury Ontario (SCIO). (In 2020 we celebrate 75 years of excellence in SCI support. Check out our anniversary activities.)

These men channeled their experiences to create a community of targeted health care and support with a view to cultivating a world where people with spinal cord injury could live, thrive, realize dreams and opportunities, just like anyone else.

Today, SCIO is a pillar of support and opportunity for people and their families.

For over seven decades we’ve been nurturing the strength, grit and innovation shown by our founders. We’re there for people when they need us, offering experience, knowledge, supportive services, community events and advocacy – from injury to recovery to rehab to independent living.

Check out our: Peer Program  |   Living with an SCI  |    Voices Blog   |   Research

Get the Facts

Every day, at least one person in Ontario sustains a spinal cord injury

It can take 2 – 3 years for someone to achieve optimal independence after sustaining their injury

Approximately 86,000 people in Canada have a spinal cord injury, of these 50% live in Ontario

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We can provide access to a large community of people across the province ready to share their lived experience and expertise.

If you’re a journalist and would like to speak with a representative from SCIO, please contact:

416-422-5644, ext. 2228 or [email protected]

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