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Hello All,

The following is information provided in our latest update. If you would like our updates to come straight to your email, please sign up today! Just a quick reminder for members to join us for the 32nd ALACD Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, at 12:00pm (Eastern time). This is an opportunity to get an update on our activities and chat with our leadership team. To register and to receive the Zoom link, contact jane@ala.ca.

Inclusive Playgrounds Resource

The Canadian Disability Participation Project is excited to announce and share with you the newly released Inclusive Playgrounds resource! An interdisciplinary team of researchers (with expertise in childhood disability, physical activity, children and youth geographics, and planning and design of built environments) conducted a scoping review that analyzed the existing literature on inclusive playground design.

Are the WHO Guidelines on Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Inclusive or Appropriate for People Living with Disabilities?

We know physical activity is important for health and wellbeing, especially for persons with disabilities. Accordingly, it is important to have inclusive physical activity guidelines for people living with disabilities—but are the WHO's guidelines themselves inclusive? Drs. Martin Ginis, Latimer-Cheung, and West explored this question in their commentary on the WHO guidelines, discussing why the guidelines may not be inclusive or appropriate for persons with disabilities. Continue reading to better understand this perspective.

Experiences in the Field of Adapted Physical Activity

As a Kinesiology graduate, I have often wondered why it was so difficult for me to become active while living with a disability. From the countless opportunities to be active in this country, why did it feel like such a feat? I grew up a super active kid, always privileged enough to be involved in some type of physical activity or sport. After an accident in 2013 that left me with a spinal cord injury, I quickly learned that I carried a lot of privilege. 

Some Helpful Active Living Resources Related to COVID-19

Active living for people with a disability is extremely important. Not only does it have health benefits, it reduces isolation, improves mental health, promotes social inclusion and reduces the chance of acquiring a secondary disabling condition. As the country moves slowly into recovery from the coronavirus, we thought we would reach out to you with some resources to help facilitate access and inclusion.