This report provides a descriptive profile of the activity-limited population in Calgary. The report describes the size and age of the population, family living status, and income and employment characteristics of persons with activity limitations.
This resource is available in the Centre library: Population/Groups -- Persons with a Disability [file cabinet], ID #1040
pdf file, 2 pages Published: 2004 GeoOrigin: British Columbia
On page 6 of this WellSpring issue, the article dicusses the British Columbia Mobility Opportunities Society's fourth annual Access Challenge. It was a three-day backcountry wilderness expedition that combined adventure, competition, and education with camping, hiking, and mountaineering. This article tells the story of six hikers with disabilities, each teamed with four non-disabled participants, who trekked their way across 36 km of mountainous terrain during the Access Challenge.
Rimmer, J.H., Riley, B., Wang, E., & Rauworth, A.E. (2005). Accessibility of health clubs for people with mobility disabilities and visual impairments. American Journal of Public Health, 95, 2022-2028.
The Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability is a partnership of over 30 national associations whose common goal is to facilitate Active Living opportunities for Canadians with a disability.
ALACD provides nationally co-ordinated leadership, support and information to promote healthy, active living opportunities for Canadians of all abilities across all settings and environments.
This website is a resource for Albertans (and Canadians) with a disability to connect and get information on being physically active. It is also a resource for service providers, families and caregivers. An online Active Living Gear Kit is also included. The extensive resources section includes
handbooks for parents;
the "Moving To Inclusion" series, which provides tips on how to adapt activities and an equipment bag with toys and sports equipment that can be borrowed;
10 tips for events planning;
accessibility standards and guidelines for building or renovating a recreational facility.
pdf file, 4 pages Published: Aug 2005 GeoOrigin: Alberta
People with disabilities often face more barriers to physical activity than the able-bodied population. As a result, this population is generally more inactive than the able-bodied population. This WellSpring issue looks at ways to overcome barriers and increase physical activity levels among people with disabilities.
A series of 9 booklets that deals with different types of disabilities and addresses physical education opportunities for each. A practical resource for teachers; includes strategies and ideas to promote inclusion of all students.
A link to this resource is unavailable. A hard copy is available in the Centre library: Population Groups--Persons with a Disability, ID #1239
Aharoni, H. (2005). Adapted physical activities for the intellectually challenged adolescent: Psychomotor characteristics and implications for programming and motor intervention. International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, 17, 33-47
Adaptip is a service and online support site of Israel's Center for Active Learning and empowerment.
The learning centre would like people to perceive inclusion as an opportunity rather than as a burden.
The centre provides
Information and education about ways to include people with a disability.
Arranges exposure activities to address physical and social accessibility and attitude change.
Produces an adaptation database for physical and lifestyle activities.
What is the future of the Canada's Physical Activity Guides to Healthy Active Living? Here you will find reviews and evidence-based information that will shape the future of Canada's guides for physical activity.
Specific reviews address different populations, ages and abilities. Others examine the impact, limitations and strategies for the future.
PDF file, 4 pages Published: Jun 2008 GeoOrigin: Alberta
People with disabilities enjoy the same benefits from physical activity as people without disabilities. So why is it that many people with disabilities are sedentary? And why is it that people with disabilities make up only a small fraction of the people who use community recreation and fitness facilities? This WellSpring article explores how communities can improve the accessibility of their facilities for people with disabilities.
Heller, T., Hsieh, K., & Rimmer, J.H. (2004). Attitudinal and psychosocial outcomes of a fitness and health education program on adults with Down syndrome. American Journal of Mental Retardation, 109, 175-185.
The council is a non-profit social policy and research organization that focuses on issues such as poverty, social inclusion, disability, cultural diversity, child well-being, employment, and housing. The council's web site includes an extensive list of social indicators.
Levins, S.M., Redenbach, D.M., & Dyck, I. (2004). Individual and societal influences on participation in physical activity following spinal cord injury: A qualitative study. Physical Therapy, 84, 496-509.
Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada have many online resources related to people with disabilities, including accessibility, healthy living, and seniors. The resources help to answer common questions and aim to improve the health of Canadians with disabilities.
The "Guide to Governmentof Canada Services for People with Disabilities" is one of the resources included on the site.
The site also gives the user the option of chosing a larger text size for easier usability.
This workbook is designed to help a community evaluate the inclusiveness and accessibility of the community. It also discusses how to work together - with the involvement of community memmbers - to set goals for improvement.
A hard copy is also available in the Centre library: Population Groups--Persons with a Disability (filing cabinet).
pdf file, 4 pages Published: Aug 2008 GeoOrigin: Alberta
Discusses the social, physical, and policy factors affecting the level of a child's activity. Stresses the importance of exercise to child development. Provides suggestions for parents, community recreation leaders, and local and provincial governments on how to increase the physical activity level of children in Canada. An audio version is also available.
Want to learn more about a particular disability, condition or disease? Here you will find easy-to-read, quick information on many different conditions and diseases that affect many Canadians. Great for yourself or for your clients or patients to read.
The Participation and Activity Limitation Survey (PALS) is a national survey designed to collect information on Canadian adults and children with disability. PALS provides information on the prevalence of various disabilities, the supports for people with disabilities, as well as their employment profile, income and participation in society.
This information will be used by government, associations, researchers, and non-government organizations to support planning services needed by people with activity limitations.
The Petro-Canada Paralympic Schools Program is a free online educational resource for grade 4-9 teachers and students. This program is designed to teach Canadian students about people with disabilities, sport for the physically disabled, and the Paralympics.
Rimmer, J.H., Riley, B., Wang, E., Rauworth, A., & Jurkowski, J. (2004). Physical activity participation among persons with disabilities: Barriers and facilitators. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 26, 419-425.
pdf file, 3 pages Published: Jan 2008 GeoOrigin: Alberta
The Canadian winter can make it challenging to be active outdoors. This article presents real-life examples of indoor activities that can be pursued by people of diverse ages and abilities, and in various contexts. An excerpt of this article is also available as an audio file.
PDF file, 4 pages Published: Oct 2010 GeoOrigin: Alberta
This WellSpring article outlines how adapted physical activity consultants can lead or co-lead the creation and use of collaborative teams in school environments, in support of persons with disabilities. It also discusses some of the roles of each team member and offers best practices and other ideas to help the team work together.
Creating a Collaborative Team
Roles of Team Members
Personalized Plans, Inclusive Practices and Rule Modifications
Case Study: Personalized Profile Showing Positive Team Communications