Para PanAm ALACD Story: Dancing Toward Ecstasy


Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability
Lawrence Shapiro

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 dancer Lawrence Shapiro, who lost his leg to cancer as a young person, and who says: "[A]ctive living has totally changed my life. It has given me a new freedom, new employment  opportunities and a whole new identity as a disability performance artist recognized through leading arts agencies like the Canada Council and the B.C. Arts Council."

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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