Join the Movement – Disability Sport Opportunities

Our research aims to capture and learn from the experiences of Canadians with lived experience of disability and key sport champions including coaches and sport administrators.  With our community partners such as the Canadian Paralympic Committee, Special Olympics Ontario, and PowerHockey Canada we are striving to amplify lessons learned to promote disability sport across Canada. Please share your voice.  Get Involved.

1) No experience as an athlete required, but you have an opinion to share about sport and sport media – we need to hear from you!

Click here if you use a powerchair as your primary mode of mobility in the community.

Click here if you are a person with lived experience with physical disability who identifies as a woman or girl.

2) Are you a current or pre-pandemic athlete?  Share your opinion here.

Click here if you use a powerchair as your primary mode of mobility in the community and are a current powerchair athlete (or you were pre-pandemic).

Click here if you’ve participated in a major sport event (e.g., Invictus Games, Ontario Para Sport Games, Parapan-Am Games, Special Olympics ect.) within the last 5 years.

3) Are you a powerchair sport champion?  Do you have experience starting and/or supporting powerchair sport in your community? Share success stories and lessons learned here.

Click here if you are a powerchair sport champion including coaches, sport administrators, volunteers, and athlete support staff.

4) Are you a disability sport employee or supporter? Do you have experience organizing or volunteering at a disability sport event? Share your experiences here.

Click here if you have volunteered at a disability sport event in the last five years.

Click here if you have held a leadership, administrative, or organizational role (paid or unpaid) at a disability sport event in the last five years.

Don’t see an opportunity that suits you but want your story heard.  Please e-mail our Project Coordinator, Jordan Herbison, at jordan.herbison@queensu.ca 


COVID-19 Disability Survey, Interim Report & Full Report

          

   

All Canadians who identify as having a disability—such as physical, cognitive or sensory— or having a child or family member living with a disability in their household are asked to share their unique experiences and concerns while navigating COVID-19.

The survey, led by Abilities Centre staff along with University of British Columbia researchers Dr. Kathleen Martin Ginis, Dr. Joan Ubeda-Colomer and Dr. Femke Hoekstra and Queens’s University researcher Dr. Amy Latimer-Cheung, will give a voice to many Canadians living with a disability. Data from the survey will help evaluate and enhance new policies and community support programs.

The survey is now available in French, English, American Sign Language, and in plain language. Additionally, this survey formatting includes headings suitable for screen reader software, increased font size and colour contrast.

To participate in the survey CLICK HERE

For the full press release CLICK HERE

For a copy of the November 25, 2020 Interim Report CLICK HERE

For a copy of the February 2021 Full Report in English with data collected to Dec 18, 2020 CLICK HERE

For a copy of the Februrary 2021 Full Report in Plain Language with data collected to Dec 18, 2020 CLICK HERE

For a copy of the Februrary 2021 Full Report in French with data collected to Dec 18, 2020 CLICK HERE

For a copy of the February 2021 Full Report in ASL with data collected to Dec 18, 2020 CLICK HERE


Make the future of work more inclusive for young people with disabilities. 

The Institute for Work and Health is currently recruiting for two studies:

1) Do you live with a disability and identify as a youth or young adult between the ages of 18-35? Are you currently employed or looking for work? 

Take part in an online activity to design workplace supports for young people with disabilities that are relevant to the future of work. 

Learn more, click here.

2) Are you a policy maker involved in the design of social programs and policies? Are you an employer, or employment service representative? Do you have professional expertise on the changing nature of work or the challenges and opportunities faced by people with disability? 

Share your feedback in our online activity and help design ways to support the future employment of young people with disabilities. 

Learn more, click here.

For more information on either study, contact: 


 

Get the Support You Need to Be Active at Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic 

Get In Motion is free, telephone-based Physical Activity Coaching for Canadian adults with a physical disability such as spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, stroke, cerebral palsy, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, post-polio syndrome, or an amputation.  

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP   Information and additional sign-up options are below:

 

How does Get In Motion work? Get In Motion provides Canadians with a physical disability an opportunity to speak with a Physical Activity Coach who provides support to start or maintain an at-home physical activity program. 

Who are the Coaches? Coaches are trained volunteers and program staff with background in motivating individuals with a physical disability to lead active healthy lifestyles.  While coaches are knowledgeable about physical activity, coaches cannot provide a specific exercise training program.

Who can enrol in Get In Motion? Get in Motion is available to adults living in Canada who have a physical disability and access to a phone or computer (for video or audio calls).

What do I talk about with the Physical Activity Coach? Get In Motion is meant to suit your needs.  For example, some participants might want to speak to a coach just once, about how to do strength-training at home, without specialized equipment. Some participants might want regular phone contact with a coach in order to receive ongoing physical activity support for:

  • Physical activity goal setting, 
  • Planning and scheduling physical activity, 
  • Developing plans to overcome physical activity related barriers
  • Finding physical activity resources

How often am I in touch with my Physical Activity Coach? It is up to you. Most participants have contact with their Coach once per week at the start and then once every-other week as they settle into their physical activity routine. 

How long can I be part of Get in Motion? As long as we have the staff and volunteers to support the program, we plan to run until the COVID-19 pandemic is over.  We will provide you plenty of notice to let you know when Get In Motion will be wrapping up.

How do I connect with my Physical Activity Coach? It is up to you.  Our coaches are available by phone or through online platforms such as ZOOM or Skype.

How do I sign-up for Get In Motion? 

  • CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP; or
  • Scan the QR code; or  
  • Send an e-mail to CDPPprojects@queensu.ca; or
  • Call (613)533-6000 x 78841.  The phone number is for Kingston Revved Up.  This is the correct number.  Please leave your name and contact information. 

Who is sponsoring Get In Motion? Get In Motion is being run by the Canadian Disability Participation Project (CDPP; www.cdpp.ca).  The CDPP is a team of researchers and community partners dedicated to promoting full and effective participation in physical activity for Canadians with a disability.  Researchers leading Get In Motion are from Queen’s University https://skhs.queensu.ca/research/research-centres-and-labs-l-to-z/revved-up/ and the University of British Columbia – Okanagan: https://sciactioncanada.ok.ubc.ca

Is Get In Motion a new service?  Get In Motion was a service offered from 2008-2013 for Canadians with spinal cord injury and 2014-2016 for adults with other types of disability. The service was suspended in 2016 due to a lack of funding. We are rebooting Get In Motion to support Canadians with a disability during the COVID-19 crisis.

Does Get In Motion work? Yes!  Get In Motion uses research evidence and best practices for motivating persons with a disability to engage in physical activity.  Get In Motion has been evaluated and has been shown to help participants stay motivated to be active and increase their physical activity levels.

Will my personal information be shared? Your personal information will be used by the Physical Activity Coaches. It is possible that the researchers supporting Get In Motion will use some general information about your participation (e.g., number of calls you receive) to improve similar services in the future. This information will be anonymous.  It will be kept separately from your name or contact information. Your information will not be given to anyone outside of the Get In Motion team.

  We gratefully acknowledge CIBC for their funding support for Get In Motion.


 

The National Physical Activity Measurement (NPAM) team is currently recruiting:

  • Children and youth from across Canada who are ages 4 to 17 and are living with a disability to participate in a study using a fItbit  
  • Watch this video in either English or French to learn more and get involved (contact information is in the video)