Quebec Week for Persons with Disabilities

31 May 2024

For the Quebec Week of Persons with Disabilities (June 1-7), REA reveals figures demonstrating its contribution to Quebecers with physical disabilities.

Concrete and useful help

Since its creation in 2016, the REA Foundation has awarded $837,487 to carry out dozens of projects: purchasing of equipment, research, innovative interventions, subspecialized training, knowledge transfer and activities for users. 

Since 2021, the REA Foundation has also awarded scholarships totalling $97,500 to 33 students with disabilities. This immediate boost has enabled them to study nutrition, criminology, medicine, natural sciences, preschool education, etc. 

For its part, the Beneficiaries Assistance Fund has supported 683 people in precarious situations to date, providing them with $73,340. The goal of this initiative is to promote their autonomy and social integration.

Meaningful rehabilitation

“The REA Foundation is much more than monetary and material aid,” says Valérie Duchesne-Carle, Executive Director. “In just eight years, we have enabled thousands of Quebecers to regain their quality of life following a misfortune. In our specialized institutes, they have obtained, free of charge, all the expertise they need to get back on their feet or adapt to a new situation.” 

Among them, Jeanne Carrière, a 28-year-old screenwriter and director, was able to return to work just 10 months after a fall that caused her quadriplegia. The team at the Institut de réadaptation Gingras-Lindsay-de-Montréal was with her every step of the way: ergonomics, physiotherapy, psychological support, and more.  

Geneviève Gagné, who was diagnosed with severe sensorineural deafness at the age of 5, received speech therapy and psychosocial treatment at the Institut Raymond-Dewar. Thanks to this support, she is now studying occupational therapy at the Université de Montréal.  

Finally, after an accident that left him paralyzed, Alexandre Thibault learned at the Clinique Parents Plus of the Centre de réadaptation Lucie-Bruneau how to properly care for his child, born two weeks later. A team of specialists provided him with the best possible care and used state-of-the-art technology to help him come to terms with his new reality. 

Even more advanced care

Until June 30, the REA Foundation is fundraising for three major acquisitions for 2024-2025: 

  • An ultraspecialized cryoneurolysis machine for patients with central neurological damage (traumatic brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury). It will offer a spasticity treatment option for patients who do not respond to current treatments. 
  • A 3D printer for the manufacture of orthoses and prostheses. It will enable the creation of smaller, lighter parts that are more specific to users and their particular needs.
  • Videonystagmoscopy glasses and accessories to treat people with vestibular disorders. Their benefits include: easier access to vestibular rehabilitation services for deaf clients; a holistic approach that takes into account both auditory and vestibular impairments, for a better return to their daily activities; reduced risk of falls and social isolation.