Sharing Resources from our Members

As we move into this New Year, we find more and more of our members are reaching out to us to share information. We couldn't be happier to pass along the valuable resources we have received...

Hey parents with kids with disabilities

We are excited to share information about a new FREE 12-week online program available to parents of children with disabilities called Plan to Move Your Kids. The program will focus on helping parents plan for their child’s physical activity through the use of various interactive activities along with a supportive community. The program was developed by researchers across Canada in collaboration with the University of British Columbia, the Canadian Disability Participation Project (CDPP), and an initiative called Stronger Together developed by Curatio. To sign up, parents can visit: https://curatio.me/strongertogether/ and find the “Plan to Move Your Kids” icon.

Staying active and connected as we age

According to Active Aging Canada, the importance of staying socially connected and of having a sense of belonging in your community is vital to aging well. As we age, our opportunities to socialize and our social networks often decrease due to our living arrangements, retirement, our ability to get around, our health concerns, and the good old Canadian winters. Even more so now, in this current time of physical distancing and social isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping well both mentally and physically can be challenging. Read this informative article: https://www.healthinsight.ca/advocacy/staying-connected-and-active-as-we-age/

Canadians with disabilities tell their stories of physical activity, sport and recreation

The Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability has collected a number of stories about how Canadians with disabilities participate in
physical activity, sport and recreation. Their passion will inspire you and give you ideas about how to embrace physical activity in your own lives. Physical activity provides a number of physical and mental health benefits including increased energy levels, improved heart and lung function, strong bones and muscles, a healthy weight, healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels, improved mood and feelings of happiness, the ability to manage stress and overall improved mental health. Just out the stories: https://ala.ca/be-inspired

Learn more about removing physical barriers in the community

The Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) is excited to host the Accessibility Professional Network’s virtual conference #APN2021: Accelerating Access on March 11 and 12, 2021. This two-day virtual conference will enable conversations that matter, acknowledge the hard work that’s been done to remove barriers in the built environment, as well as strategize on what needs to be done to create a world that’s inclusive of people of all abilities and to accelerate us forward. Tickets: https://rhf.force.com/AccessibilityProfessionalNetwork/s/lt-event?id=a322I000003KGcCQAW

If you have information that you would like to share with our network, please drop us a line.

Have an active day!

New From The Blog

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.