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Hospital Centres:


Vancouver General Hospital and UBC Hospital


Rehabilitation Centres:

GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre:

The GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre is British Columbia’s largest rehabilitation centre. GF Strong provides inpatient and outpatient outreach and clinical support

GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre
4255 Laurel Street
V5Z 2G9




Research Centres:

Center for brain health:

The Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health brings together experts in the fields of neuroscience, neurology, and psychiatry in a hub for training, research, and clinical care.This center has an NMO clinic and research program that has just recently joined theCollaborative International Research in Clinical and Longitudinal Experience for NMO Studies (CIRCLES), a multicentre North American study that aims to create an open-access repository of data and samples for patients with NMO and control participants. These materials will be used to help researchers and caregivers to better understand NMO pathogenesis, clinical course and impact of therapy.

 2215 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, B.C.
604.82 BRAIN (604.822.7246) 

The Blusson Spinal Cord Centre:

The Blusson Spinal Cord Centre is a unique facility dedicated to advancing world-leading integrated research and care for people with spinal cord injury. By combining research and clinical space in the same building, investigators will be able to rapidly translate discoveries into validated clinical practices to ensure effective outcomes are achieved. The Blusson Spinal Cord Centre is home to ICORD as well Vancouver Coastal Health’s Brenda & David McLean Integrated Spine Clinic and the Rick Hansen Institute offices.

818 West 10th Avenue,
Vancouver, B.C
V5Z 1M9

 ICORD-(International Collaboration On Repair Discoveries) is an interdisciplinary research centre focused on spinal cord injury. Our researchers are dedicated to the development and translation of more effective strategies to promote prevention, functional recovery, and improved quality of life after SCI.

Funding/Planning for the Future

RDSP (Registered Disability Savings Plan)

Available from:

PLAN – a Canadian, family-run organization dedicated to helping you plan for your disabled child’s future.


Chronic Pain Management

Canadian Pain Coalition

Partners Against Pain

Canadian Pain Society

Chronic Pain Association of Canada


Adaptive Equipment

Motion Specialists BC:

Specialised products include wheelchairs, walkers, custom seating, elevators, ceiling lifts, vehicle conversions, and rehabilitation equipment.

Alternative Home and Vehicle Modification programs

Home Adaptation for Independence (HAFI)

Vancouver Foundation

Adaptive Travel and Transport

Canadian Paraplegic Association (Swap & Shop)

Database of new and used equipment that is for sale

Hello BC:

Citizens for Accessible Neighborhoods:

People in Motion:


Leisure Activities:

BC Mobility Opportunities Society:

provides opportunities for people with significant physical disabilities to access wilderness hiking expeditions

Power to be Adventure Therapy:

Whistler Adaptive Sports Program:

Vancouver Ocean Sports:

The Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association (CTRA):

Valley Therapeutic Equestrian Association:

Disabled Independant Gardeners:

Support Groups

Canadian Paraplegic Association

Professional counseling services to assist in coming to terms and adjusting to the challenges of living with a spinal cord injury through a telephone counseling service

Misc Assistance

Assistive Technology BC (ATBC):

Provide assistive technology resources to make learning and working environments usable for people with disabilities throughout British Columbia.

Neil Squire Society:

Neil Squire society uses technology, knowledge and passion to empower Canadians with disabilities

Tera Society:

Dedicated to assisting people with disabilities to achieve an independent and fulfilling life.

Service animals:

Support Group Leaders

Valerie Shalay
NMO Support Group Leader
Western Canada

valerieshalay “at”

(604) 466-4804

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