ALACD Helping Canadians with Disability/Chronic Disease Get Physically Active: Tip Sheets for Intermediaries
The following are various tip sheets developed by the Active Living Alliance for Canadians with Disabilities (ALACD) for intermediaries working with Canadians with various disabilities or chronic diseases.
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.
The ALACD ceased operations at the end of October 2015. While operational, it promoted, supported and enabled Canadians with disabilities to lead active, healthy lives. It provided nationally coordinated leadership, support, encouragement, promotion and information to facilitate healthy, active living opportunities for Canadians of all abilities across all settings and environments.