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At Synaptic Health and the Evan Shaw Accessibility Foundation, we aim to support clients in every step of their journey to wellness. To do this, we invest not only in the well-being of our clients, but the in wellbeing of our community as well. This is why we’ve partnered on the 2021 Every•Body•Matters campaign.

Funds raised will be used to purchase and install equipment to improve accessibility

 

TOGETHER WE CAN BUILD

Every•Body•Matters is an annual fundraising campaign to help build inclusivity and equality into our community. This flexible campaign will shift focus each year to respond to the needs of our community and improve the quality of life of those who need it most. In its first year, the campaign will focus on:

 

  • Creating awareness around accessibility and what it means for those living with physical limitations

  • How, working together, we can build accessibility and universal design into our communities to ensure everyone is able to engage and participate

 

The marquee event for the 2021 campaign is an outdoor concert this fall. In the months leading up to the concert, we’ll be active in the community though our Every•Body•Matters Event Series. Funds raised from the campaign will be used to purchase and install equipment to improve accessibility within the homes of select recipients.

 

A MORE ACCESSIBLE COMMUNITY

24%

of Canadians are living with a physical disability or challenge

47%

of Canadians know someone who has a physical disability

115,000

Calgarians live with a physical limitation

These numbers will increase by an estimated 1.8% annually over the next 10 years, largely due to an aging population

Over the past year, we’ve all been exposed to an environment of inaccessibility - not being able to dine-in at your favorite restaurant, to go see a movie in a theatre, or even to visit friends and family in their homes. The pandemic has given us just a glimpse of what it’s like to live with limited access, but the truth is that even in the best of times accessibility isn’t a reality for everyone.

 

We often take for granted the ability to access the buildings and spaces in our communities, including our own homes. For individuals living with physical limitations, accessibility affects every aspect of daily life. Maybe a building doesn’t have an elevator or ramp, or the hallways are too narrow for a wheelchair. While these issues seem simple enough to fix, equipment and building modifications can be prohibitively expensive and there’s limited funding support available.

 

For those living with a physical disability, universal design will reduce social isolation and improve mental and physical health by allowing these individuals greater independence and freedom to socialize, contribute and remain active and engaged. Removing barriers to access allows us to be truly inclusive!

 

BY ENJOYING A CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Running from May to September, keep an eye out in the community for our Every•Body•Matters Calendar of Events. We’ve partnered with some exceptional local businesses on a series of safe and special events and offers, where a portion of proceeds raised will be donated to the campaign. Stay tuned for our calendar to see all the upcoming events.

 

AND AN OUTDOOR CONCERT

Proudly sponsored by McLeod Law. Safely support the 2021 campaign this fall with our socially-distanced outdoor concert. More details coming soon!

 

BUT DON'T WAIT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Help us build inclusivity and equality into our community and accessibility into the homes of those who need it most, because everybody, and every body, matters. Donate directly to Every•Body•Matters today.

 

PROUDLY SUPPORTED BY

Operating as a registered charity since 2012, Synaptic is the only clinic in Alberta to provide comprehensive out-patient rehabilitation to individuals living with neurological conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy and traumatic brain injuries. Synaptic provides timely access to rehabilitation in the most crucial stages of neuro recovery; innovative therapeutic technology; education and resources; and a multidisciplinary client-centered approach to care.

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Based in Calgary, the Evan Shaw Accessibility Foundation is a non-profit that aims to provide accessibility solutions for individuals with mobility issues, such as persons with disabilities, injuries, or seniors aging-in-place. By funding equipment procurement, installation and maintenance, the foundation works to eliminate the physical and financial barriers faced by members of our community, both in private homes and in public spaces.

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Interested in becoming a campaign partner? Email everybodymatters@synaptichealth.ca for more information