The Vision of the Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a disability (ALACD) is a society where all Canadians lead active and healthy lives. When physical activity is in your life, health and wellness benefits are exhibited. ALACD develops and disseminates resources and tools to help organizations to create inclusive opportunities and welcoming environments. Working in partnership with our member organizations, we assist them to fulfil their commitment to inclusion of people with disabilities.
The ALACD developed a Purpose Statement to capture succinctly why we exist and what we do. We hope all our partners, affiliates, members, supporters and stakeholders will use it as a benchmark for planning and decision-making. Our goal is to gain support and understanding inside and outside our network.
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.
Since 1986, when the Jasper Talks - a national symposium on physical activity and disability - introduced the five guiding principles, active living partners have used them as a foundation from which to develop goals and activities that promote active living for Canadians with disabilities.
Since its inception, the Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability 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.
Partnerships are at the heart of the Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability (ALACD). They form the foundations of our biggest accomplishments. By combining our collective efforts, working in partnership enables us to leverage expertise and develop resources that help organizations create inclusive opportunities and welcoming environments for Canadians with a disability.