From Canada’s west coast, Recreation Inclusion Victoria has collected a robust list of resources on the ways and benefits of including people with disabilities in community sports and recreation.
The summer would not be complete without a trip to the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario to watch the Toronto Blue Jays. The Jays are beginning the process to build a team to be a World Series contender in the years ahead. With the experience of veteran baseball players including Kevin Pillar and Justin Smoak combined with the emerging talents of the new recruits including Aledmys Diaz, Yangervis Solarte and Randal Grichuk suggests a promising future.
Everyone deserves a park, says America’s National Recreational Parks Association (NRPA). The NRPA is dedicated to ensuring that all people have access to the benefits of local parks and recreation. To achieve this, NRPA has made a formal commitment to the Partnership for Inclusive Health’s Commit to Inclusion initiative. They’re calling the three-year pledge “Parks for Inclusion.”
This first-person opinion piece in the Minden Times of Minden, Ontario, calls on communities and leaders to think beyond “basic accessibility.” Sue Tiffin is the mother of a four-year-old girl who uses a wheelchair. In an eloquently written argument for more accessible communities, Ms. Tiffin encourages politicians and leaders to think big.
Accessibility Sport Hub (ASH) is a new online app launched by Vancouver-based viaSport in partnership with Microsoft Canada. The ASH app or chatbot helps athletes, teachers, coaches, parents and other interested stakeholders find and share sports resources designed for people with disabilities. The application’s development was partially funded with help from the government of British Columbia, Canada.
One way to stay fit and enjoy lifelong wellness is to keep active and participate in regular physical activity. Dr. David Yi, an assistant professor in the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation in N.L. is working to improve access to physical activity, not only for persons with disabilities, but for everyone. Dr. Yi states that “quite often we know we should be inclusive, but in reality, we don’t know how to do that effectively.”
Although physical education (PE) may not be every students favourite period, there are proven benefits that fitness and team sports can improve overall health and mental wellness. The Guardian newspaper in the U.K. recently ran a live chat aimed at teachers to explore how to optimize PE class so students feel involved and motivated.
Ophea is a not-for-profit organization with a goal of educating children and youth of the lifelong benefits of leading a healthy and active lifestyle. The organization has been supporting schools and communities with programs and services for almost 100 years. Working in partnerships with local school boards, government agencies, public health and the private sector, Ophea has developed programs which support healthy schools and communities.