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Member Statement (29 April 2009)

From Hansard - 29 April 2009

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Spinal Cord Injury and Physical Disabilities Awareness Month

Mr. Reiter: — Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I‟m pleased to rise today to inform the House that our government has proclaimed the month of May as Spinal Cord Injury and Physical Disabilities Awareness Month.

According to the Canadian Paraplegic Association, about 900 Canadians sustain a spinal cord injury each year. More than 40 per cent of those injuries are caused by motor vehicle accidents. Other common causes of spinal cord injuries in Canada are diving and other sports-related injuries and falls.

Mr. Speaker, a large percentage of spinal cord injuries are sustained by Canadians under the age of 34 — young men and women in the prime of their lives who are suddenly confronted with life-altering disabilities that will affect them for the rest of their lives. The mission of the Canadian Paraplegic Association is to help persons with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities achieve independence, self-reliance, and full community participation.

Mr. Speaker, the Government of Saskatchewan is pleased to join with the CPA to help raise awareness about spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities through this important proclamation. Our government also remains committed to investing in support of people with disabilities to ensure that they are able to live safe, secure, and meaningful lives. I ask all members to join me in recognizing May as Spinal Cord Injury and Physical Disabilities Awareness Month. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.


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