Leveling the playing field: Promoting leisure for children with disabilities

Last modified by Ann Watkins on 2019/06/06 19:32


Participation in leisure activities has undisputed physical and mental health benefits. Children and youth with disabilities are less engaged in leisure activities when compared to peers, and activities tend to be more passive and home-based. Many barriers to participation, such as accessibility, family and peer support and availability of adapted programs are potentially modifiable. Moreover, families are not adequately informed of existing resources and programs supported by policies in local communities. We will describe the development and activities of a new network (CHILD Leisure-Net) of stakeholders that aims to enhance knowledge sharing, participatory research and development of new programs and policies that facilitate leisure participation. We have also created an App for families (JOOAY) to locate resources and programs that support participation. This webinar will encourage knowledge sharing between participants about strategies that can better promote healthy lifestyles and well-being of children and youth with chronic, lifelong disabilities. 


The websites discussed in this presentation:

Child Leisure Net

Jooay App

To submit resources for parents and youth, email:

Jooay: jooay@childhooddisability.ca

Annette Majnemer: annette.majnemer@mcgill.ca

Keiko Shikako-Thomas: keiko.thomas@mcgill.ca


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130417-090812-0036.JPGAnnette Majnemer: 

Annette Majnemer is an occupational therapist with doctoral training in the neurosciences. She is Director of the School of Physical & Occupational Therapy and Associate Dean, Faculty of Medicine at McGill University. She is a Research Associate at the Montreal Children’s Hospital-McGill University Health Centre. Her current research interests in childhood disability focus on intrinsic and extrinsic determinants of participation restrictions and health, as well as rehabilitation service utilization patterns and knowledge translation strategies that promote best practice. She co-leads a bilingual website called Childhood Disability LINK that provides user-friendly information about recent research findings to families and clinicians. Dr. Majnemer is Co-Editor of Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Child Neurology. She is recipient of the Canadian OT Association’s Muriel Driver Memorial Award and has been nominated to the American OT Foundation Academy of Research, both in recognition of her significant research, clinical and educational contributions to the profession. She is a nominated Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

KeikoShikako-Thomasheadshot.jpgKeiko Shikako-Thomas: 

Keiko Shikako-Thomas is an occupational therapist with doctoral training in rehabilitation science and postdoctoral training in knowledge translation to policymaking. Her research focuses on the promotion of healthy living and participation for children with disabilities and adopts a participatory methodology to engage different stakeholders, including policymakers, children and their families, in finding solutions to change the environment, inform policymaking and promote participation of children with disabilities in different life roles and activities. She is also leading several knowledge translation projects, including co-leading the childhooddisabilitiy.ca website with Dr. Majnemer, and the Child Health Initiatives Limiting Disabilities Network (CHILD LeisureNET). 

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