This initiative ended in 2006.
IL Canada recognized the need for further exploration of how an Independent Living (IL) lens could be applied to community based programs that aim to increase the level of physical activity for people with a disability.
Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability (ALACD) and Canadian Association of Independent Living Centres (now IL Canada) July 2006.This series of 14 PowerPoint presentations can serve as a useful training tool to educate consumers, recreational facilities, other agencies and the general public on the importance of healthy lifestyle choices and universal design for people with disabilities.
IL Canada is pleased to announce an initiative that will enhance the capacity of its member Independent Living Centres to develop healthy lifestyle programming for persons with disabilities. Working in partnership with the Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability (ALACD), IL Canada will build the resources and knowledge base of the national network and design a model program for physical activity and healthy lifestyles.
This project, supported by Physical Activity Contributions Program of the Public Health Agency of Canada will provide training to IL Canada personnel and volunteers across the country, furnish each of its 27 Independent Living Centres with a variety of resources for their libraries, and establish a program delivery model that will develop the capacity at the community level, ensuring this initiative is sustainable and relevant to diverse stakeholders. It will also provide a mechanism by which people with disabilities across Canada can learn about and become involved with appropriate active living programs within their communities.
Through provincial and territorial representatives, ALACD is already quite connected at the community level and aware of active living opportunities across the country that cater to every interest and every level of ability. ALACD promotes, supports and enables Canadians with disabilities to lead active, healthy lives. Through a nationally coordinated network, ALACD provides leadership, support, encouragement, promotion and information that facilitates healthy, active living opportunities for Canadians of all abilities across all settings and environments. For more information visit www.ala.ca.