About Spinal Cord Injury Alberta
The Canadian Paraplegic Association (CPA) is a national, non-profit federation of provincial organizations dedicated to helping individuals with spinal cord injuries or other mobility impairments achieve independence, self-reliance, and full community participation. The Canadian Paraplegic Association was founded in 1945 by a group of World War II veterans affected by paralysis. It currently has 10 provincial divisions and 47 regional offices, and provides services to a membership of more than 30,000 Canadians affected by spinal cord injuries or other mobility impairments. The CPA’s provincial offices provide a variety of programs and services including personal and family counseling; educational and vocational counseling; and employment counseling. Additional services include offering assistance with locating and adapting suitable housing, obtaining equipment and supplies necessary to support independent living, and planning for immediate and future financial needs. The association also implements community advocacy programs that assist in identifying, reducing, and eliminating barriers to affected individuals’ participation in the community. In addition, the Canadian Paraplegic Association offers a variety of educational resources.