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2019-20 TD Graduate Scholar Anita Kaiser, PhD student, University of Toronto
Anita is passionate about increasing access to ABT (activity based therapy) in rehabilitation and the community for people living with Spinal Cord Injury.
Anita Kaiser became a quadriplegic as a result of a motor vehicle crash in 1996. She was one of the inaugural recipients of the TD Scholarships and received support for 2 years when she was doing her Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Science through the University of Toronto. 
 
Anita is passionate about increasing access to ABT (activity based therapy) in rehabilitation and the community for people living with SCI. It is this passion that has motivated her to pursue PhD studies. Over the past year, Anita took the initiative to develop a tracking tool for ABT. At the Canadian ABT Summit in March, the absence of a tracking mechanism for participation in ABT (e.g. tracking of mode, intensity, frequency and performance of ABT) was identified as a gap. Anita presented her tracking tool at the summit and her contribution was voted the “Most Novel Idea” by the attendees! For her PhD research she will further develop, validate and implement the tracking tool.
 
Anita is a strong advocate within the SCI community to help educate her peers on healthy living, promote inclusion and increase active participation in research, and address systemic barriers within society that prevent people living with SCI from living the life they choose. She has served in various capacities with the Canadian Spinal Research Organization, Canada International Scientific Exchange Program and Spinal Cord Injury Ontario, to name a few.
 
Anita is poised to make a significant contribution to the SCI rehabilitation field.

Graduate students with disabilities often encounter financial barriers due in part to the high cost of adaptive aids, technologies and resources needed to enable their studies. The TD Graduate Scholarships for People with Disabilities at Toronto Rehab help cover these costs while engaging people with disabilities in a meaningful way in rehabilitation research. TD Graduate Scholars have gone on to work in healthcare, academia and the private sector as consultants, clinicians and research associates. 
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