The Spinal Cord Injury (Alberta) is proud to be a part of the Alberta Spinal Cord Injury Initiative (AB SCI), a joint effort between agencies and individuals who have come together to find solutions to the challenges that Albertans with spinal cord injury (SCI) and other physical disabilities face.
The AB SCI Initiative started in 2007 with a 5-year, $12 million contribution from the Government of Alberta in honour of the 20th Anniversary of Rick Hansen's epic Man in Motion World Tour.
In Alberta, the Initiative funds/has funded:
- a Solutions Fund where individuals and organizations can apply for grants to meet a variety of needs
- an Active Living Fund where individuals and organizations can apply for funding to support pursuits in the area of recreation and active living
- Client Services Coordinators and Community Development Coordinators working in SCI (Alberta) offices around the province
- a provincial Peer Program coordinated by SCI (Alberta)
- an Alberta Spinal Cord Injury Action Strategy and eight action plans that address issues in housing, home care/attendant care, and adaptive equipment/devices
- clinical research, studentships and fellowships
- the Rick Hansen Spinal Cord Injury Registry
- Annual Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion fundraising events
- the Rick Hansen Ambassador program
- the Rick Hansen School program
Well over a hundred people, some of them representatives of organizations that serve people with SCI, and many of them persons with SCI, have contributed their time and energy to helping the AB SCI Initiative reach its goals. We thank them all! Together, we are building a legacy of collaboration, innovation and dedication towards improving the lives of Albertans with SCI.
We gratefully acknowledge the Government of Alberta who recognized the value of the vision for the Alberta SCI community.
For more information on the AB SCI Initiative, contact Spinal Cord Injury (Alberta) at (780) 424-6312.