Guiding Principles

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.

  • Participation in physical activity is a fundamental right that contributes to quality-of-life (UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities).

  • Self-empowered individuals and organizations are change-makers, aiming for interdependence, collaboration and respect.

  • Partnerships are an effective and efficient means of collective action.

  • All ALACD supported initiatives are person-centred and community focused.

  • Individuals have the opportunity to choose quality activities that are appropriately challenging, safe, meaningful, inclusive, and provide a sense of belonging.