Our roots come from the Canadian Paraplegic Association (CPA). The CPA was founded in 1945 by John Counsell – who was injured by a bullet to the spine. Counsell and other WWII veterans with spinal cord injuries were determined not to spend their life in hospital. Their efforts resulted in improved medical and rehabilitation services, better pensions and increased awareness of their abilities and potential.
In 1952, the Atlantic Division was created and it eventually grew into four organizations. The CPA NB was formed in 1956 and incorporated in 1990. In 2011, we changed our name and rebranded to Ability NB to better reflect the people we represent. Ability NB is an autonomous, community-based, provincial non-profit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.
Our mission is to empower the independence and full community participation of persons who have a spinal cord injury or mobility disability by providing innovative services and developing progressive public policy.
40 Wilsey Road Suite 102, Fredericton, NB E3B 7G5
Tel: 506.462.9555 • Toll-free number: 1.866.462.9555