Access & Inclusion

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As part of its three-year strategic plan, Spinal Cord Injury Canada is committed to the successful implementation of the Accessible Canada Act. 


By working with the government, organizations and individuals, we continue to push towards a more inclusive and accessible society. If you would like to work with us, please be in touch. Together, we can make change happen.


Here's how we are working with the Government of Canada to have an impact on access and inclusion across the country:

  • Our Executive Director, Bill Adair, sits on the Advisory Group to the federal Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Persons with Disabilities, the Honourable Kamal Khera.
  • Our Executive Director, Bill Adair, is a member of the Board of Directors of Accessibility Standards Canada.
  • We have developed a cross-disability-specific COVID-19 microsite.

  • We are a member of the Parliamentary Precinct Accessibility Advisory Committee. 
  • We are a member of the Canadian Transportation Agency's Accessibility Advisory Committee.
  • We are a member of the Canadian Human Rights Commission's Accessibility Advisory Board.
  • We have led the development of accessible communications standards for the federal public service.
  • We have developed, in partnership with People First Canada, a plain language version of the Accessible Canada Act for Accessibility Standards Canada.
  • We are working with our own advisory committee to provide guidance on a public service program in development.

Here's how we are working with the disability community to impact access and inclusion:

  • We have developed, and continue to lead, the Include-Me.Ca social movement.

  • We, along with other SCI Canada federation members, have a student scholarship program and each year distribute three scholarships.
  • We have partnered with other organizations to develop a webinar series focused on building the disability social movement to ultimately work towards a universal income for people with disabilities.
  • We are partners in a two-year project that will bring federally regulated entities, bound by the Accessible Canada Act, together with disability organizations across Canada to ensure accessible and inclusive business practices.
  • We are a member of Canada’s United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Committee, which reports on Canada's compliance issues to the United Nations.
  • We have developed two Covid-19 information microsites at: SCI and Covid-19 and Covid-19 Resources
  • We are partnering on the Next-Generation 911 project, which is an initiative aimed at updating the 9-1-1 service infrastructure in the United States and Canada to improve public emergency communications services in a growing wireless mobile society.
  • We are partnering in a research project that will look at best practices, consumer expectations, and accessibility standards for mobile device procurement.

Blogs and Resources

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SCI Resource
Check out Julie Sawchuck's Road Map to Recovery ebook.
Sep 13, 2023READ MORE
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Blog Post
Bill C-22 is a bill to end poverty among people with disabilities. Although many people with spinal cord injuries receive payments from settlements and insurance, these financial situations are not available to everyone.
Mar 27, 2023READ MORE
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Blog Post
If you’ve been living with your disability for some time, you’ve probably learned how
Mar 16, 2023READ MORE
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Blog Post
If you’ve been living with your disability for some time, you’ve probably learned how
Feb 03, 2023READ MORE
Tiles in the sand of a sun pointing toward happiness.
Blog Post
Il est parfois difficile pour les personnes qui ont des lésions médullaires de recevoir les mêmes
Jan 24, 2023READ MORE
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Blog Post
The Caliper - Mars
Aug 17, 2022READ MORE

Contact Us

Spinal Cord Injury Canada

Bill Adair, Executive Director
477 Mt Pleasant Rd, Suite 105,
Toronto, ON,
Canada, M4S 2L9

Phone: (416) 200-5814

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