Testing integrated knowledge translation processes to improve the participation of children with disabilities in leisure activities in British Columbia

Background and Rationale

About 4.6% of Canadian children and youth have an identified sensory, cognitive, physical or developmental disability.1 In British Columbia, about 15% of the population (over 500,000 people) have a disability.2 Research has found that participation in physical activity is related to improved mental health, alertness and resilience to the stresses of life.3 However, people with disabilities are more vulnerable to poor health outcomes4 and have poorer access to health education, health promoting activities and care.5 Therefore, it is crucial to improve policies to ensure their improved physical activity participation.


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