The Canadian Paraplegic Association (CPA) first started in 1945 to serve individuals who had returned home from WWII with spinal cord injuries (SCI). There were also a number of veterans with tetraplegia who did not live past a year. For this reason a group of men came together to form the CPA to help attain independence, self-reliance and community participation.
The CPA has recently changed its name. On November 11, 2012, this leading organization decided that they will be called Spinal Cord Injury Ontario to reflect its service to not only people with paraplegia, but all with SCI as well. Since the initial formation of the group many great strides have been made in research, clinical practice and information exchange.
We commend Spinal Cord Injury Canada for its continued efforts towards improving the quality of life of persons living with SCI!