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A Message from Rick Hansen When I embarked on the Man In Motion World Tour (MIMWT) to raise awareness and funds for spinal cord injury (SCI) research, I listened to the stories of countless people living with SCI, across Canada, and around the world. Many had post-injury care experiences similar to mine: I was flown from my small, hometown – away from family and friends – to a major centre for acute care and rehabilitation. When I returned home, there was very little in the way of ongoing support, and I struggled to adapt and manage my own care. I missed the guidance and skill of the rehab professionals, at GF Strong. It’s been twenty-five years since we returned from the MIMWT, and I’m pleased to say that a lot has improved since then – in what we know, and how we are starting to work together to standardize care and improve best practices. But the quality of care still varies, depending on where we live in this country. Some people have access to a wide range of services. Others, particularly in remote or rural areas, aren’t as fortunate. Every single person with SCI needs highly specialized care, tailored to his or her unique needs. Rehab is where the very hard work is done... by patients and collaborative practitioners, in a wide variety of disciplines, dedicated to helping them regain their physical, emotional and social independence…allowing them to return to their families and communities. We owe these professionals a huge debt of gratitude. This E-Scan Atlas is a ground breaking document – the first ever resource of SCI-related rehabilitation services in Canada, and one of many projects funded by SCI organizations in Canada – that contribute to a blueprint for enduring improvements in the quality of life of people with spinal cord injury. By doing this project, we have learned a lot about this landscape and can better see where and how services can be improved, and resources allocated. Most of all, it’s a document to be shared by professionals, to improve their knowledge and practice, as they help thousands of people who are newly-injured in Canada, every year. My heartfelt thanks go out to the over 100 professionals who contributed to this Atlas – the RHSCIR site leads, coordinators, administrators, content experts, photographers and hospital site communication teams. Special thanks go to the E-Scan team, for their vision, guidance and dedication. Each is driven by a passion to ensure that everyone who sustains a spinal cord injury has access to the best rehabilitation treatments and services possible – no matter where they live. Their work contributes to Canada’s reputation as one of the world’s leaders in research, care and treatment of spinal cord injury, and I’m excited about what more we will continue to accomplish together. Regards, Rick Hansen A MESSAGE FROM RICK HANSEN 211


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