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Questionnaire: Disability and Social Isolation
Evaluating the impact of community based athletic programs on social isolation in people with physical disability

Please fill this quick survey and let us know your thoughts (your answers will be anonymous).

Thank you for participating in our questionnaire.

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Lower-limb Exoskeleton Market Survey
With the results to this survey we aim to understand the necessities of those who need lower-limb exoskeletons, whether for personal or professional use, and develop new solutions to the problems based on the direct feedback from the users

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People who are unable to work due to a disability, receive seniors benefits or who are on income support will for the first time have their payments indexed to the cost of living, if a new bill is passed in the Alberta legislature.

Bill 26, introduced Thursday by Community and Social Services Minister Irfan Sabir, also increases the monthly amounts paid to recipients of Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH), the Alberta Seniors Benefit and Income Support on Jan. 1.

If the legislation is passed, a single person on AISH would see their monthly benefit increase from $1,588 to $1,685. A single person with two children would receive $1,985 a month, up from the current amount of $1,788.The move would mark the first increase to AISH payments since 2012.

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This series of three presentations provides education relating to prevention of and care for individuals at risk of developing pressure injuries. These presentations will be of interest to clinicians, home medical equipment providers, and care-providers. The sessions will take place over three consecutive Tuesdays beginning Nov 20. Each session runs approximately 40 minutes, starting at 12:05 (MST) Mountain Std Time.

If you are unable to attend but would like to view recordings, register for any or all three anyway. On the day following each session you will receive a recording of that webinar.

Clinical Concepts Relating to Support Surfaces and Prevention of Pressure Injuries

Join us for a webinar on Nov 20, 2018 at 12:05 PM MST. Mountain Std Time

Register now!

This is the first in a series of three presentations providing education relating to prevention of and care for individuals at risk of developing pressure injuries. These three presentations will be of interest to clinicians, home medical equipment providers, and care-providers.


This first session focuses on Clinical Concepts Relating to Support Surfaces and Prevention of Pressure Injuries. Our presenter, Kelly Bethune, OT. Kelly has 22+ years experience working as an occupational therapist across the continuum of care with a focus on community in both private and public health care settings. Kelly ha a BSc(OT) and an MRSc. Kelly works part-time for Island Health (Vancouver Island) and part time for her private practice Peninsula Community Therapy Ltd.

Learning objectives for this session include;
- Learn who is involved and the approach in selection of a support surface.
- Review therapist clinical assessment criteria 
- Define a support surface and understand its’ interface with skin in the prevention of pressure injuries.
- Review terms commonly used in reference to qualities of a support surface.
- Examine categories, types, and characteristics of support surfaces with clinical applications.
- Learn the how to assess the effectiveness of a support surface
- Identify materials for use on a support surface.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Foam and Composite Support Surfaces – What You Need to Know When Providing an EMP Mattresses

Join us for a webinar on Nov 27, 2018 at 12:05 PM MST. Mountain Std Time

Register now!

This is the second in a series of three presentations providing education relating to prevention of and care for individuals at risk of developing pressure injuries. These three presentations will be of interest to clinicians, home medical equipment providers, and care-providers.

This Second session focuses on Foam and Composite Support Surfaces provided by Essential Medical Products. This session is presented by Phil Mundy (EMP) and Jay Lyon (NuVision Rehab). Phil has over 35 years of experience working in rehabilitation, primarily in medical product development and rehab business development. Jay represented Canada at the 2008 Olympics (Archery). He has a Kinesiology degree from the U of Winnipeg. Jay worked as a paramedic in Winnipeg before joining Motion Specialties and more recently taking on the task of managing AB, SK and MB with NuVision Rehab. NuVision represents EMP. 

Learning objectives for this session include;
- Review primary clinical considerations needing attention when designing a specialized support surface
- Become familiar with material properties that contribute to success and long-term performance
- Learn how to identify EMP products suited for addressing individual client need. Become proficient at configuring more complex support surfaces
- Identify and be able to justify product requirements when writing medical justification documents 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Understanding Low Air Loss / Alternating Pressure Support Surfaces – Quart Healthcare West

Join us for a webinar on Dec 04, 2018 at 12:05 PM MST. Mountain Std Time

Register now!

This is the third in a series of three presentations providing education relating to prevention of and care for individuals at risk of developing pressure injuries. These three presentations will be of interest to clinicians, home medical equipment providers, and care-providers.

This third session focuses on Understanding Low Air Loss, Alternating Pressure, and Turning Support Surfaces – Quart Healthcare West. This session is presented by Phil Mundy (EMP). Phil has over 35 years of experience working in rehabilitation, primarily in medical product development and rehab business development. Phil is the President of Quart Healthcare West. 

Learning objectives for this session include;
- Defining terms, understanding how the technology works. Understand differences between various types of Low Air Loss and Alternating Pressure surfaces. 
- Gain some background information that will help support clinical justification for these kinds of surfaces
- Learn how to use tools provided by Quart when matching client need to a specific support surface

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Tickets are now available for the Comedy Night in Red Deer featuring Colin Mochrie & Debra McGrath
August 8th 2019 this event is sure to sell out so be sure and get your tickets early!
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Good news!  Please read the attached AADL Bulletin regarding Private Insurance and AADL Recyclable Benefits, i.e. who is the first payee. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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In June, Bill C-81 was introduced in the Canadian House of Commons. Also known as the Accessible Canada Act, this was the first-ever proposed national legislation of its kind. This bill affects all Canadians – and especially people with disabilities.

Over a 10-month period (May 2018-March 2019), more than 50 non-profit, Canadian organizations are working together, and with the Government of Canada, to ensure there is strong, effective federal accessibility legislation. Together, we are known as the Federal Accessibility Legislation Alliance (FALA). Led by Spinal Cord Injury Canada, the FALA Leadership Team consists of the following organizations:

British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society
Canadian Association of the Deaf - Association des Sourds du Canada
Communication Disabilities Access Canada
Canadian Hard of Hearing Association
Council of Canadians with Disabilities
Native Women's Association of Canada
Here’s what we have been doing so far:

After the first draft of Bill C-81 was introduced in the House of Commons in June, we wanted to better understand it. So, we had a team of lawyers, all who understand disability really well, look at it. They compared the recommendations we made when the bill was being created with what is actually in the first draft of legislation. The lawyer team has made further recommendations. In truth, it is a pretty good bill. But it can be better.

We know it is important that people understand Bill C-81. Legal wording and the length of the bill can make it hard to read. We have developed a short, plain language version for sharing.

Later in September, we will have a survey asking people about their insights and perspectives on Bill C-81. We want to know what you think is important in the bill. What is the impact the proposed legislation will have on your life? The information we get from people’s answers will be sorted in an anonymous way. It will be shared with our memberships and used to advise the government on how they can change the draft legislation to make it as strong as possible.

All of these resources will be shared on our website: include-me.ca. In fact, we will have lots of resources about Bill C-81 on our site, so please visit. You can sign up for our updates right on our home page. Also, follow us on Facebook and Twitter: @includemeca so you know the latest progress on making this draft legislation a reality.
 
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Make sure you tell your family members to join in our Virtual Peer Discussion. It's lots of fun & very informative, dealing with all sorts of topics related to Spinal Cord Injury.
 

 

 

 
 

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