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The Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability (ALACD) is committed to the value and application of expert knowledge and current research findings that will advance the quality of life for Canadians of all ages and abilities.

As an Alliance founded on a national network of partners from each province and territory, we strive to assist researchers in their search for collaborators, participants, funding sources, and dissemination opportunities.

We invite all those interested in research in adapted physical activity to join our Research Network and help us keep the following sections of this page relevant.

  • Current and Archives of Physical Activity Inclusion News provided by Dr. Martin-Ginis and the Canadian Disability Participation Project (UBC Okanagan);
  • List of national and international conferences;
  • Monthly feature of new findings called Did You Know?;
  • Bi-monthly spotlight on a Researcher highlighting current research findings;
  • Annotated list of researchers in adapted physical activity.


List of Conferences



Date: 2018, TBA
Location: Oregon State University, US


If you have Adapted Physical Activity meetings or conferences to publicize, please send the information to at least 3 months before the event will take place. Thank you!


Did You Know??

Did you know that the family dog could help boost physical activity for kids with disabilities?1 According to a recent case study of one 10-year-old boy with cerebral palsy and his family's dog, a wide range of improvements for the child, including physical activity as well as motor skills, quality of life and human-animal interactions were reported. Although this is a report on one child, the potential for increased physical activity through interaction with animals is promising.



Recent research suggests ‘moving with thought’ as opposed to random physical activity is beneficial to development of executive functioning, a necessary component of effective decision making. In a recent article by Chloe Bedard and colleagues, an intervention with three and four year old children showed that regular programmed instruction with involvement of parents resulted in higher levels of physical literacy.2



When older adults practice Tai Chi in class and at home, they can improve their sense of ankle joint movement which could help them walk more safely and fall less often.3 This awareness, which often becomes less acute as we age, is called proprioception.



Inclusion is important but becoming more inclusive takes knowledge and time. Did you know you can take a webinar on inclusion from the Inclusion Club? The most recent is called – Where research meets practice – case studies from around the world.



If you want to share interesting new findings with us, please send the information to Thank you!



  1. Tepfer, Ross, MacDonald, Udell, Ruaux, & Baltzer, Animals, 2017, 7, 5, 35.
  2. Bedard, Bremer, Campbell, & Cairney, Frontiers in Pediatrics, 2017, doi:10.3389/fped.2017.00094
  3. Jain, Taylor, Zerpa & Sanzo, 2017, 7, 6, American Journal of Medicine & Medical Sciences.


Researcher Spotlight

The work of researchers is integral to fostering an active, positive lifestyle for Canadians of all abilities and in keeping the knowledge network in Canada alive. We are pleased to spotlight the work and achievements of Canadian researchers.


Kathryn Sinden – BSc, MSc, PhD


Kathryn SindenDr. Kathryn Sinden is an assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology at Lakehead University. She has a BSc from Waterloo and graduate degrees from both Waterloo and McMaster. Before her recent appointment at Lakehead, Kathryn held positions as a post-doctoral researcher at Queen’s and a CIHR funded post-doctoral fellow at McGill. Kathryn’s research aims to prevent and reduce the human and financial impact of workplace injuries through applied ergonomics and analysis of the determinants of occupational task performance. She collaborates with employers, workers and other stakeholders, using principles of knowledge translation, to develop tools that can be used in primary and secondary injury prevention. Kathryn is using motion-capture and electromyography to identify how gender impacts development of muscle fatigue during occupational task performance. Her recent publications include work with firefighters and particularly the differences in fatigability between male and female firefighters. Dr. Sinden has current funding from both CIHR and SSHRC and would be happy to hear from prospective graduate students. She is pleased to be the first researcher to be featured in our Researcher Spotlight.



List of Researchers

We are pleased to introduce the Canadian researchers who agreed to help us create a research network in adapted physical activity with the goal of helping each other in our search for collaborators, participants, funding sources, and dissemination opportunities.

If you want to be listed as one of our network researcher, or know someone who should, please send the information to Thank you!


Goodwin, Donna – BPE, MA, PhD

Professor and Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, Physical Education & Recreation, University of Alberta
Contact Info:
Focus of Research: Relational Ethics, Phenomenology, Ableism
Website: University of Alberta


Martin-Ginis, Kathleen – PhD, OMC, UBC Distinguished University Scholar

Professor, School of Health & Exercise Sciences, University of British Columbia (Kelowna)
Contact Info:
Focus of Research: Principal Investigator, ICORD (International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries); Chair & Principal Investigator, Canadian Disability Participation Project; Founder & Director, SCI Action Canada
Websites: SCI Action Canada; Canadian Disability Participation Project


Sinden, Kathryn – BSc, MSc, PhD

Assistant Professor, School of Kinesiology, Lakehead University
Contact Info:
Focus of Research: Applied Ergonomics, Occupational Health, Injury Prevention
Website: Lakehead University


Spencer-Cavaliere, Nancy – BA, MA, PhD

Associate Professor, Physical Education & Recreation, University of Alberta
Contact Info:
Focus of Research: Inclusion, Play, Sport
Website: University of Alberta


Taylor, Jane – HBA, MSc, PhD

Professor Emerita, School of Kinesiology, Lakehead University
Contact Info:
Focus of Research: Falls Intervention, Tai Chi, DCD
Website: Lakehead University


Temple, Viviene – PhD

Professor and Graduate Advisor, School of Exercise Science, Health and Physical Education, University of Victoria
Contact Info:
Focus of Research: Health, Motor Skills, Special Olympics
Website: University of Victoria