Our vision is a Canadian society where people with disabilities regularly participate in meaningful physical activity. The ALACD encourages people with disabilities to make physical activity a regular part of their lives and helps build the capacity of communities and organizations to make this possible.
ALACD has identified three Strategic Priorities – Influence, Capacity Building and Governance. Each Strategic Priority represents a key area of focus and is clearly defined by goals, objectives and actions.
The goals identified at the 1986 Jasper Talks - a national symposium on physical activity and disability - continue to guide our actions and initiatives. Central to each goal is the belief that the individual must be considered first when developing any program or service, and that the rights and dignity of the individual must always be respected.
The ALACD believes…
… participation in physical activity is a fundamental right that contributes to quality-of-life (UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities)
… the stories and experiences of people with disabilities must inform and influence all aspects of ALACD’s work
… people with disabilities must have opportunities to choose and participate in quality activities that are appropriately challenging, safe, meaningful, inclusive, and also provide dignity of risk and a sense of belonging
Since its inception, the Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability (ALACD) has chosen to operate with its governing body being a Coordinating Committee rather than a Board of Directors. The reason is we are an Alliance that makes and achieves its goals through consensus, collaboration and consultation with our partners and stakeholders. Our governance is in the true spirit of a national network.