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Yesterday was an important milestone for AISH. We’ve introduced a newsimplified AISH application form and user-friendly how-to guides that make it easier for Albertans to apply for AISH and understand the AISH program.


The new form and guides were developed with input from community partners, health service organizations, medical professionals, AISH applicants, clients and staff from across the province.


The new application form is shorter, written in easy to understand language, and aligns with legislation. The Your Guide to AISH gives an overview of the AISH program and application process, while the Your Guide to Completing the AISH Application offers Albertans step-by-step instructions to fill out the new form. These resources are available on the AISH website at www.alberta.ca/aish.aspx and will be further supported with a public rollout in January 2018.


This work is part of the AISH Action Plan implementation that’s underway to improve the AISH system so it’s easier for Albertans to navigate and more responsive to their needs. During 2017, we developed new resources such as the AISH website and standardized letters with better information for Albertans. We also took steps to improve the appeal process, learn from appeal panel decisions and internal audits and establish new performance measures to monitor and publicly report on AISH processing times and efficiencies.


In the coming months, Alberta Community and Social Services will be completing the remaining Action Plan initiatives, which include introducing a new AISH Adjudication Guide and provincial training strategy, further streamlining application processes and providing more personalized supports and coordinated intake processes to help Albertans access the right programs at the right time.


Thank you to Marika Giesen, and the Strategic Initiatives Management team for their leadership in this work. I also want to extend my gratitude to the AISH Action Plan Steering Committee, task teams and experts who have contributed to these achievements. Through their collaborative efforts, we’ve made significant progress addressing the Alberta Auditor General’s recommendations to improve Albertans’ experiences when applying for, or receiving supports from AISH.



Shannon Marchand

Deputy Minister



Congratulations to SCI Alberta's own Marilyn Erho for receiving an Advocacy Award today from the Mayor and City Council. 
The Advisory Committee on Accessibility (ACA) celebrates and recognizes Calgarians who are improving the quality of life for persons with disabilities through the ACA Annual Awards program.
The ACA sponsors these awards to raise awareness about the importance of accessibility and universal design. The accomplishments of these individuals, groups and organizations are cause for celebration.
The Advocacy Award recognizes an individual or group of people who have improved the quality of life for persons with disabilities.
1) Describe how a Calgarian or group within Calgary has improved services for persons with disabilities and how these services have improved quality of life.
2) Describe the personal contributions the nominee has made to evoke positive change through social action.
3) Demonstrate how the nominee has worked with others to evoke change.
CONGRATULATIONS Marilyn you are a very deserving recipient of this award.












New information about experimental treatments for spinal cord injury. 

An updated and revised version of the popular and informative publication "Experimental treatments for spinal cord injuries: what you should know; a guide for people living with spinal cord injuries, their families, friends and health care professionals" is now available for download.





Do you want a $20 gift card to a retailer of your choice for participating in the audio-recorded interview (i.e., Starbucks, Tim Hortons, Cineplex, Bath and Body Works, Best Buy).


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SCI Ontario, SCI BC and SCI Alberta have partnered with Dr. Heather Gainforth, an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia Okanagan, to identify research priorities for family, friends and partners who assist people with an SCI with activities of daily living and provide emotional support. This research study is entitled:


Priorities for Intervention Research Aiming to Enhance the Lives of Family, Friends and Partners Who Support People with a Spinal Cord Injury: Understanding the Perspectives of Those Who Provide and Those Who Receive Support


You are receiving this email because you are a family member, friend or partner that supports someone with an SCI or you are someone with an SCI that receives support from a family member, friend or partner. Your email address was obtained from SCI Alberta.


We are currently recruiting family, friends and partners who support people with an SCI and people with an SCI that receive support from family, friends and partners to participate in this study. The research team is trying to understand the priorities and needs of family, friends and partners who support people with an SCI to enhance the lives of those who provide and those who receive support. The results of this study will help direct resources towards areas of research that are most important to family, friends and partners who support people with an SCI.

If you choose to participate in this study, you would take part in an approximately 60 to 90-minute audio-recorded interview. Before the interview, you will be asked to fill out a survey that includes questions about your demographic information. The survey will take approximately ten minutes to complete


To be able to take part in this study, you must:

• Be 18 years or older
• Be someone who assists a family member, partner or friend with an SCI with their activities of daily living and provide them with emotional support
be someone with an SCI that receives assistance with activities of daily living and receives emotional support from a family member, friend or partner.

You will receive a $20 gift card to a retailer of your choice for participating in the audio-recorded interview (i.e., Starbucks, Tim Hortons, Cineplex, Bath and Body Works, Best Buy). Your interview session will be scheduled based on the time that works best for you.


If you are interested in participating, please click on the following link:



If you would prefer to contact the research team by phone, you may leave a voicemail message at our toll-free number: 866-835-8979 (Mailbox #: 91042). The research team will return your phone call within 7 business days to allow you to complete the pre-interview questionnaire over the phone


If you have any questions about the study, please contact Rhyann McKay at abc.lab@ubc.ca or 866-835-8979 (Mailbox #: 91042).




National Spinal Cord Injury Conference












It was an honor for members of the Spinal cord Injury Alberta Team to be a part of the 7th National Spinal Cord Injury Conference.

The dedication and involvement that was put into the delivery and discussions around biological (replace with scientific) and clinical evidence , provided a thorough presentation of multiple interventions and studies for a person who has sustained a Spinal Cord Injury and being able to relate it to a lived experience(s).

Thank you to our partners for providing us with this opportunity.































One of the members of Voice of Albertans with Disabilities (VAD), the Calgary Ability Network (CAN), is developing the idea of setting aside a day to celebrate and show appreciation towards those who provide accessibility transportation services.

“The hope is that in showing appreciation towards our drivers, and making noise surrounding accessible transportation, that we will be able to increase awareness. Increased awareness about the need for and appreciation of accessible transportation will help us move towards advocating for increases in funding, driver training, and an overall improved service.”

Voice of Albertans with Disabilities (VAD) wants to support this idea and is inviting you to join us in celebrating November 15th as Accessible Driver Appreciation Day.












Our 20 17 Award Winner Luncheon was held Sat. October 21st at the Radisson in Edmonton.  Congratulations to all out award winners this year.


Regional Volunteer Awards


Eleanor Sugarman

Kiley Geddie

Chris & Ernie Stetsko 

Deborah Hurley 


Regional Corporation Recognition Award


Sheraton Red Deer Hotel 

Hurley's Meat Distributors Ltd 


Eleanor Sugarman

Chris & Ernie Stetsco




Are you feeling down or worried?
Having trouble coping?
Have you been diagnosed with a spinal cord injury, are experiencing symptoms of depression and/or anxiety, are over 18 years of age, and have access to a computer with the Internet? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a research
study that evaluates the effectiveness of online therapy.
Eligible participants will receive an 8-week online cognitive behaviour therapy course, which is an evidence based psychological treatment for managing depression, anxiety, and stress. The service is provided at no cost.
Put yourself first and get help for your symptoms in the comfort of your own home, while participating in important research!
This study is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Saskatchewan Health Research
Foundation. It has been approved by the University of Regina, University of Saskatchewan, Regina
Qu’Appelle Health Region Research Ethics Board.
(306) 585-4203



Accessible Housing (Calgary) has launched thier admissions process for Inclusio, the 45-unit build in Calgary that we’ve been working on.


Residents will be adults with mobility barriers, who need a mix of supports (home care + 24/7 staffing) and independence (separate apartment units, kitchenettes).


Everything you might want to know, and the screening tool itself (the first step in the application process) is all here http://accessiblehousing.ca/inclusio/



What a great day with our friends & supports at the

Thank you to everyone who attended

and support SCI Alberta!!





What do you do after you go through a spinal cord injury or other physical disability in Alberta?

You turn to Spinal Cord Injury Alberta. Find hope. Connect to others to help you overcome obstacles. Start rebuilding together.  


















For over 50 years, we have been bringing hope to individuals and families facing difficult times. 


We are there to help you overcome setbacks and celebrate your successes.                                  



The number of Canadians with hearing, mobility and vision challenges increases every year. It’s predicted that by 2036, 1 in 5 Canadians will identify as having a disability. While we’ve made great strides to make our country accessible for everyone, there’s still a lot of work we need to do. 

Visit pushforaccess.ca and show your support for National AccessAbility Week and an accessible Canada by joining the online community of access supporters. Spread awareness and inspire others by sharing your support on social media.

Also attached are suggested social media posts and web/email copy we hope you’ll use to promote the #pushforaccess initiative.

Thank you,
The Rick Hansen Foundation Team








SCI Canada Scholarships


SCI Canada provides scholarships annually to support students who live with a spinal cord injury or related disability with expenses for post-secondary education.


Six scholarships of $500 each will be awarded annually.


Applicants are invited to fill in and submit the application available here no later than Aug. 15 2017


SCI Canada thanks Sun Life Financial and the Chopnick/Hilliard fund for supporting this scholarship program.



Monte Perepelkin's autobiography "A Perfect Life"  goes on sale June 28th.

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