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Doctor’s Notes: Parents, barriers to fitness and fun are surmountable

The Toronto Star – Nancy Quinn

Most children with different abilities want to play more sports or be more active, but only about half of these kids currently take part in physical education class. Studies show that success on the playing field or at the playground can lead to greater success educationally and socially — and sports can have a major positive impact on quality of life. Clearly, we need to do better. Finding the right program that suits your children’s interests and needs can take research and effort. But parents, please do not despair. There are many resources available in Ontario that provide children with different abilities the opportunity to be physically active and play sport. People are actively working to improve access and opportunity to these resources for you and your child. Language is a powerful tool and can improve access and opportunity for children with different abilities. “Disability” or “disabled” implies a lack of ability, while “different ability” affirms ability, and the children that I am speaking of are extremely able.”(more)

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