Para PanAm ALACD Story: Panamania: An Inclusion Solution?
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 Jason Dunkerley, who is blind and who has competed in four Paralymics, and who reflects on what has changed since his first Paralympics in 2000 and what has remained the same. says: "An honest appraisal and recalibration of our world view in relation to sport participation, and broader societal participation by extension, seems to me to represent the ultimate gold standard of success when the dust settles and we look back on the impact of PanAmania and Canada’s #YearofSport."
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.