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Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability: Strategic Planning

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In celebration of its 25th Anniversary, ALACD is undergoing a strategic planning process with the assistance of Dina Bell-Laroche, a partner with the Sport Law & Strategy Group.

As part of its comprehensive strategic planning process, the Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability (ALACD) developed a national engagement strategy to solicit opinions from Canadians on issues affecting physical activity, sport and recreation for people with a disability. There are 4 specific components of the engagement strategy as follow;

National Survey

Partners and individuals were asked to complete an online survey and provided their opinions on a variety of issues.
Read the Survey Report (.pdf, 1.3 MB)

Focus Groups

Next, specifically identified individuals were invited to participate in online webinars where a strategic partnership scenario was presented and discussed as a possible way forward for the ALACD.
Read the Focus Group Webinar report. (.pdf, 140 KB)

Interviews

Other individuals were interviewed to look deeper into the strategic future of the ALACD. These efforts surfaced a number of themes which will be investigated in more depth at an upcoming strategic planning workshop.
Read the Interviews Report
. (.pdf, 135 KB)

Strategic Planning Meeting

Selected leaders from the active living, sport, recreation will attend a full day meeting in Ottawa, May 16. Over the course of the day, we will uncover what our network has told us and provide participants with the opportunity to share their thoughts on the strategies required to enhance the quality of physical activity, sport and recreation for Canadians with a disability. The outcome of the meeting will help the Strategic Planning Committee finalize the ALACD’s strategic plan.

ALACD Strategic Planning Workshop - May 2014 REPORT
A strategic planning workshop was held May 16, 2014 with approximately 35 individuals representing partners and supporters of the ALACD. Included in the workshop was discussion on the reports produced after an extensive consultation process since the Fall of 2013. This workshop is part of an ongoing process with continued input over the summer and the final plan ready for the fall.
Download the Report (.doc, 2.5MB)

 What We Are Doing
April 2014 - In preparation for the upcoming Strategic Planning meeting, and to let our members know more about what the Alliance is doing, we have created the attached summary to highlight a number of the important initiatives and activities that the ALACD is involved with.  These range from our long standing and successful programs like Moving to Inclusion, to participation in policy development and other advocacy and outreach activities with numerous other organizations. Please read more... (.doc)


Other News:

Give Para Track & Field a Try!
Do you know someone who may be interested in Para-Athletics?
Athletics Canada offers opportunities for athletes across all disability groups to train and compete in track and field events. We need your help to identify these individuals. Download the poster for more information. (.pdf, 2.5MB)
Contact Kayla Cornale at 416 807-9516 or kcornale@athletics.ca

ALACD partners with Altergo to launch Be Your Best/Choisir de Gagne in Ontario
(Ottawa, Aril 25, 2014) – ALACD is partnering with Altergo to inspire Ontario youth with a disability to get active while removing barriers in the community. More...

Creating Accessible Recreation Facilities for People Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing
The Canadian Hearing Society is proud to work in partnership with the Ontario Recreation Facilities Association Inc. (ORFA) on a project titled: Creating Accessible Recreation Facilities for People Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. More...

Land Connections
A program through the McMichael Art Gallery to bring seniors with disabilities, as well as children and youth with developmental and cognitive disabilities, into its arts programming.

The project also created a best practices guide based on their experience, for other museums and galleries to use.
Watch a YouTube video on the project....

The TeachAble Project
The TeachAble Project is to support Ontario school boards improving their compliance with the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation. The project developed curriculum pieces around accessibility and worked to raise awareness of accessibility among students.

"We need to normalize [accessibility]. If we don’t start with students in the classroom, it’s not going to go anywhere."
Go to their website...

 


Be Active e-Book: All Abilities Welcome
Be Active eBook cover imageWelcome to the wonderful e-book world on 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! Download the pdf (990KB)


Canadian Active After School Partnership logoCanadian Active After School Partnership
The objective of this initiative is to enhance the delivery of quality after-school programs that involve increased access and opportunity to engage in physical activity and healthy living and nutrition practice. Download the pdf here.


Making Your Playground Accessible to Persons with a Disability
All children in Canada have a right to access playspaces in their community. Accessible playspaces encourage diversity and use by all members of the community. Click here for important information on how to incorporate accessibility into new or redeveloped playground initiatives.

 

TIP SHEETS for Intermediaries: Physical Literacy


This project aims to equip health and education intermediaries with knowledge and tools to direct Canadians with a disability towards increased physical activity participation, promoting enhanced Physical Literacy. More...

ALACD PARTNERSHIP

Picture of two people shaking handsInterested in joining the active living movement? Does your organization believe in the importance of active living for Canadians with a disability? Become an ALACD partner today!

Click here to learn how to become an ALACD partner.

On Guard - Against Diabetes

Information on Diabetes for Persons with Disabilities

Active living is good for all of us whether we have disabilities, diabetes or any chronic health disease. And active living is easy: eat healthy, get into regular physical activity and don’t smoke! All of these can help everyone stay healthy and live longer.

SPONSORS

The Alliance is most appreciative of the support of:

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WHERE TO START
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ACTIVITY FACT SHEETS
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SERVICE PROVIDERS & PRACTITIONERS DIRECTORY
Across Canada there are thousands of organizations that provide healthy living programs and services that are accessible to persons with a disability. Visit our directory to locate a service or practitioner near you.

PARTNERS
To find out how your organization can become a partner, click here.

Today's featured partner is:

Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association

 

 

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