A new spinal cord injury is a scary thing. The resources below will assist you or your loved ones through this uncertain time. We recommend you also get in touch with your local Peer Coordinator for additional support and advice from someone who has been there.
For further information and support please contact your local Peer Coordinator.
If you’re at the GF Strong Rehab Centre be sure to ask our Peer Program Coordinator for a Peer Family Kit. This kit is a helpful guide for families temporarily living in the Metro Vancouver area and contains useful information about the local area such as accommodation and maps, as well as information relating to life after a spinal cord injury.
Peer Program Guide: For Patients and Families in the Acute Setting
The information provided here answers a series of questions that we have learned are important for newly injured individuals and their family members following a spinal cord injury (SCI). They are the combined experiences of some of our members at the SCI BC Peer Program.
Life After Spinal Cord Injury
This is a source of information aimed at people with SCI and their family members. It is a resource guide that contains everything you need to know about your spinal cord injury.
This is a manual for youth with SCI. Through a series of personal quotes and stories it shares the experiences of youth: rehab and coming home; independence, friends and fitting in; dating, sex and sexuality; challenges and attitudes and moving out on your own.
Our database contains hundreds of resources relevant for people with a SCI. Search the database for information on topic areas such as advocacy, building and universal design, education, employment, funding, health, recreation and leisure, accessible transportation amongst others.
Here are some of our more popular resources:
1. Housing – SCI BC Housing Package
2. Choices in Support for Independent Living – CSIL Getting Started
3. Funding – Equipment Funding Sources in BC
4. Assistive Technology – Names of Organizations
5. Community Resource Directories – Lists Across BC
6. Renovations – CMHC Accessible Housing by Design
Depending on the cause of your injury you may require legal advice. While The Law Society of British Columbia has many resources to help you find a lawyer, Spinal Cord Injury BC recommends the personal injury law firm, Murphy Battista.
Murphy Battista has more than 30 years of experience helping clients and their families, and their group of 13 well respected lawyers collectively speak 8 languages. Murphy Battista is consistently rated as one of the top personal injury law firms in the country, and we are proud to partner with them as the exclusive sponsor of our Peer Support Family Program.
Murphy Battista has a free Personal Injury Resource Centre adjacent to GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre where they offer free legal advice to anyone requesting it between 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm, Monday to Friday. They also offer a free legal clinic the third Friday of each month in the evening.
Managing Your Settlement
Disclaimer: Please note that the information contained in this publication is for general information only and should not apply to your specific situation. You are responsible for your own specific situation and should not rely only on this publication. It is meant to be used only as a guide.
Spinal Cord Injury BC (SCI BC) helps people with spinal cord injury* (SCI) and their families adjust, adapt and thrive by providing answers, information and community experiences.
The work we do would not be possible without the support of our members. Join or renew your membership with SCI BC and be an integral part of this vibrant and engaged community