The Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability (ALACD) developed a variety of valuable resources that provide insight into inclusive programs, environments and services. Many of these are available at no cost to the general public, while larger projects are available to members.
Welcome to these active living stories, that Canadians with disabilities and physical activity leaders have experienced. Share in the recreation, sport and active living stories that others have made their passion in their own lives. Developing a repertoire of physical literacy skills will guide you through fitness and attitudinal changes in your life. Embrace it!
Research shows that proportionately less Canadians with disabilities lead an active lifestyle due to a variety of factors including economic disparity, lack of access to transportation, intimidation, and negative attitudes or lack of knowledge on the part of physical activity providers. For Canadians with a disability, regular physical activity may be even more important than it is for the rest of the population. For a person with a disability, an active lifestyle can open doors to increased health, social inclusion and self-empowerment - doors which might otherwise remain closed. Access to physical activity can eliminate the likelihood of acquiring secondary health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease. Being active builds resiliency and can provide an all-important outlet for a person with a disability.
Physical activity and active living are keys to quality of life for Canadians. Community events provide a perfect opportunity to promote active living for everyone - including persons with a disability.
Diabetes is a condition in which the body cannot produce an important hormone called insulin. Insulin is produced in the pancreas. People with diabetes do not make enough insulin in their bodies or they have trouble using the insulin that their bodies produce. When your body lacks insulin or you cannot properly use the insulin your body does produce, you can develop many serious health conditions.
A resource for parents of children and youth with a disability. The Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth outline the amounts of physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and sleep that children and youth who are 5-17 years old should get in a 24-hour day. The guidelines are based on the latest research evidence. They were developed by scientific experts from around the world.