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.
Individuals impacted by spinal cord injuries thriving.
We provide peer experiences, education, advocacy, and ongoing services for those impacted by spinal cord injuries.
These guide how we behave as individuals and as an organization. At SCIO, our values are:
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 (SCI) 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 and other disabilities all across this province. It’s a profoundly important job that is accomplished through an unwavering commitment to the person behind the disability, and by maintaining active relationships with the people and communities we serve and work alongside. We are experts in SCI and serve people with all disabilities.
- 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.
Spinal Cord Injury Ontario acknowledges that we live and work on the traditional territories of many indigenous nations across Turtle Island. We recognize the importance of the land and our treaty agreements – we acknowledge the ancestral and unceded territories of all Inuit, Metis and First Nations peoples.
As our Spinal Cord Injury Ontario community encompasses many geographies, we ask that everyone take a few moments of their day to find out which unceded or treaty territories you may live and work on. You can use the link www.native-land.ca to learn more.
Other things to know about SCIO:
- Integrity is important to us – read our Code of Ethics, Strategic Plan, Financials and Our Complaints Process
- We work as a team – get to know our Board of Directors, staff and our community.
- 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 other disability, or are a family member of someone who does, and want to tap into our resources or services, we are here to help.