Special Olympics Canada aims to support national expansion in partnership with provincial SO chapters once the pandemic allows, through in-kind contributions.
ParaSport Ontario: Our Exploration Phase engagement with ParaSport Ontario has led to a formal partnership providing a network with hundreds of physical activity programs in Ontario, their knowledge of the strengths, gaps and infrastructure available to enable KidsAction implementation, and the ParaSport Collective in Ontario. These are strong assets to the project. ParaSport Ontario is actively assisting us with reaching out to community-based physical activity programs that they consider to have strong implementation partnership potential with KidsAction. ParaSport Ontario also supports the refinement of the coaching modules and our overall project directions with the Ontario context in mind.
ParticipACTION aims to promote active living among all Canadians, including children with Neurodevelopmental and/or Intellectual Disabilities (NDID), through impactful engagement initiatives and thought leadership. Their involvement includes supporting national KidsAction Coaching implementation and active participation in all aspects, including serving as a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee. ParticipACTION has committed to disseminating the findings of this work via the ParticipACTION Network comprised of over 4,500 organizations and stakeholders.
Jooay is a free app that helps children with NDID and their families locate accessible, local leisure opportunities that match their needs, abilities, and preferences. Jooay networks and the activities included in the app can help us identify programs for children with NDID across Canada with which to partner on implementation.
Ability Online features a social support network for youth and families of children with disabilities and is also partnering with Dr. Shikako-Thomas on the Jooay project. Ability Online will link to our website on their platform and has offered to include a discussion forum on KidsAction Coaching and physical activity to support youth and family engagement, awareness, and feedback on our program. Dr. Shikako-Thomas’ primary aim is to expand her platform to increase representation across Canada. Partnering to leverage this well-established resource facilitates access to an optimal venue for our community of practice. It also decreases the burden on our team significantly because it already offers sustained moderation for the safety and inclusion of its members.
Sunny Hill Health Centre at BC Children’s Hospital provides expertise in Recreation Therapy. Our partners at Sunny Hill also support connections with community-based physical activity programs and initiatives across Canada through their national networks.