Para PanAm ALACD Story: On Course And Giving Back
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 Marc W Ross, who became a C 5 quadriplegic following an accident at age 17, and who says: "I am fascinated by coping and the various ways humans have of overcoming challenges. ... I received the counselling help I needed when I was first injured and I am now prepared to have a positive impact on others who are suffering similar traumas. This counseling provides me with the impetus to be more physically active, be more engaged in my community, take part in interesting leisure activities (e.g. opera, sailing, creating music), and truly enjoy my life."
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.