Para PanAm ALACD Story: Bridging Gaps in My Mind’s Eye


Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability
Austin Smeenk

The Para PanAmerican Games were held in Toronto from August 7 to 15, 2015. The Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability (ALACD) published weekly stories between May and August that highlighted the extent to which Canadians with disabilities are successfully engaged in inclusive activities. In Canada, one in seven individuals have a disability, and this demographic is far less likely to participate in physical activity or sport than the population as a whole. 

This story is by Paralympian Austin Smeenk, who was born with hereditary spastic paraplegia, and who says: "Being active and involved has...provided me with a sense of accomplishment, pride and belonging. It has taught me sportsmanship, discipline, goal setting and the value of training to reach a new best ever performance."

From the Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability (ALACD) Para PanAm Story Archives

The ALACD ceased operations at the end of October 2015. It promoted, supported and enabled Canadians with disabilities to lead active, healthy lives. It provided nationally coordinated leadership, support, encouragement, promotion and information that facilitates healthy, active living opportunities for Canadians of all abilities across all settings and environments.

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