Dealing with a new spinal cord injury can be overwhelming. The resources below will assist you and your loved ones through this uncertain time.
If you’re at the GF Strong Rehab Centre ask one our Peer Program Coordinators 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 including accessible accommodation and maps, and information related to life after a spinal cord injury.
No one prepares for a spinal cord injury, and nobody should go through it alone.
Since 1957, SCI BC has been reaching out to help people with spinal cord injuries, their families and friends to adjust, adapt and thrive after SCI. The journey isn’t always easy, but we’re with you all the way.
Our roadmap brochure is a guide to how SCI BC can support you throughout your journey – click to download the PDF version, or browse the embedded version below. Contact our Infoline to receive this brochure by mail in your free Peer Family Kit.
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, travel and more. Here are some of our more popular resources:
1. Housing – SCI BC Housing Package
2. Home Support Services: 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
BC Wheelchair Basketball Society: Provides people with SCI in BC the opportunity to participate in wheelchair basketball programs.
BC Wheelchair Sports Association: Provides opportunities for athletes with physical disabilities, and promotes wheelchair sports throughout British Columbia.
Sam Sullivan Disability Foundation: Promotes the capacity and talents of people with disabilities through various programs, and encourages outdoor participation.
Neil Squire Society: Uses technology, knowledge and passion to empower Canadians with physical disabilities.
ICORD: an interdisciplinary research centre focused on the development and translation of more effective strategies to promote prevention, functional recovery, and improved quality of life after SCI.
Depending on the cause of your injury you may require or benefit from legal advice. When choosing a lawyer, it is important to find one that is a right fit for you. We recommend that you contact at least two or three law firms with experience in personal injury law to ensure you find legal representation that best suits your needs. The Law Society of British Columbia has many resources to help you find a lawyer. Not sure how to evaluate who to hire as your lawyer? Here is an overview of What you need to know and what to consider.
Murphy Battista LLP is a sponsor of our Peer Family Program. They have more than 30 years of experience helping clients and their families, and their group of 23 well-respected lawyers collectively speak 8 languages and serve clients all over BC from offices in Vancouver, Surrey, Kelowna and Vernon. They have a free Personal Injury Resource Centre adjacent to GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre open between 12:30 pm and 6:00 pm, Monday to Friday and from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Saturdays. Hours can vary so if you are planning a special visit please call them at 604.558.1954 to confirm. In addition, the PIRC hosts a Free Legal Advice Clinic on the third Friday of each month. Clinic appointments are scheduled between 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm on a first come, first serve basis. You can contact the PIRC at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Disclaimer: Please note that SCI BC staff are not qualified to provide specific legal advice, nor are they qualified to make specific recommendations about the legal representation that is right for any specific individual circumstance. The information on finding a lawyer provided by SCI BC 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 material. It is meant to be used only as a guide.
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.