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.
This link takes you to over 50 informative articles written for practitioners, parents, teachers, facility designers, policy-makers and researchers about physical activity and leisure for people with disabilities.
This link includes information on various topics, including the following:
This report is about ideas, research and understanding of the importance of inclusion, broadening the dialogue so that attention is focused on the determinants of health. The report is based on six community forums on inclusion in 2005-2006.
A hard copy is also available in the Centre Library: Health/Well-Being--Health Determinants, Report ID #1323.
This book provides practitioners with practical strategies and hands-on applications for physical activity programming to include all people. in doing so, it bridges the gap between school-based and community-based programs.
This resource is available in the Centre library: Population Groups--Persons with a Disability, ID #1018
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.
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
pdf file, 2 pages Published: May 2006 GeoOrigin: Alberta
Explores the reasons that make physical activity so important for adolescent girls. Lists factors that contribute to the successful participation of girls in sport and physical activity. Suggests a variety of activity ideas for female teens.