To assist persons with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities to achieve independence, self reliance and full community participation.
About CANADIAN PARAPLEGIC ASSOCIATION
The Canadian Paraplegic Association (CPA) was founded in 1945 by a group of paralyzed WWII veterans who were determined not to spend the remainder of their life in hospital. Their efforts resulted in improved medical and rehabilitation services, better pensions and, perhaps most importantly, increased awareness in the medical community and throughout society of their abilities and potential.
By 1960, CPA had a nation-wide presence. Today, with divisions in all ten provinces and 48 regional offices, CPA provides a wide variety of services to a membership of more than 40,000 Canadians who have a spinal cord injury or other mobility impairment.
CPA's scope has increased considerably since 1945, but it remains true to its founders' self-help philosophy.