Disability and inclusion links and resources

Top 10 Tips for creating an inclusive classroom

Research shows that students who feel included in classrooms perform much better academically and are more socially involved. To help you create a more inclusive classroom, the Rick Hansen Foundation School Program has put together a list of the Top 10 Tips to help you create an engaging and inclusive environment in your school where all your students can thrive.

There are many sites and organizations that can help you learn more about people with disabilities. Here is just a selection. Please check out our anti-bullying resource list on its own page.


General disability organizations

Council of Canadians with disabilities
CCD is a national human rights organization of people with disabilities working for an accessible and inclusive Canada.

Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a disability
ALA provides nationally coordinated leadership, support, encouragement, promotion and information that facilitates healthy, active living opportunities for Canadians of all abilities across all settings and environments.

Bright Hub Education
Guides to teaching students with hearing impairments, visual impairments and physical disabilities. Lots of resources for teachers.

Variety Village
Variety Village is an inclusive and family-friendly fitness, sports and life skills facility in Toronto. The organization facilitates the achievement of life goals for people with disabilities through sports, fitness, wellness; awareness; education; training and skills development. It provides education programs for schools on-site at Variety Village, and off-site at schools.

The Inclusion Club
A selection of videos that challenge our attitudes to disability and aim to raise our awareness of the abilities of people with disability in sport and physical recreation.

"Inclusive travel: issues and solutions"
planat community blog post about how we can solve some of the challenges travel presents for people with disabilities.


Inclusive sports and physical education

Action Schools! BC
The physical activity and physical education teaching resources for K to 7 and middle school children and youth include:
  • The Action Pages!, a physical activity, physical education and healthy eating resource guide, includes many “Inclusion Resources for Children with Disabilities” that are grouped together in the index, including Wheelchair.
  • The Physical Activity Action Resource (K to 7 and Middle School) includes ways to include participants with disabilities on the playground.
  • The Planning Guide (K to 7 and Middle School) provides inclusion ideas linked to recommended resources for schools to incorporate into their health promoting Action Plan.
  • Premier’s Sport Awards Program (p.s.a.p.) teaching resources for 13 sports contain a reference for adapting playground, low-organizational physical and sport activities for participants with physical and mental disabilities.
  • (Daily Physical Activity) Pages! – Olympic and Paralympic Themed Physical Activities.

Other resources provide ways to recognize diversity and practise inclusion while using the specific lessons or activities. They suggest inclusive teaching strategies and support. Ways to adapt activities are also included.

Canadian Paralympic Committee
The Petro-Canada Paralympic Schools Program is a free online teachers' resource to help teachers engage students in the Paralympic spirit. It provides teachers with the resources to educate students on parasport and establish positive perceptions of people with a physical disability. This year, the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) will be launching a new, innovative elementary education program that will focus on physical literacy, fundamental movement skills and the importance of parasport in society. These resources will be designed in collaboration with Provincial Ministries of Education, National Sports Organizations and other key stakeholders in the education community. This new educational resource will assist schools in assuring inclusivity and integration, and will also provide further opportunities for students of all abilities to access academic and sporting opportunities.

Let's Play Program
The Let's Play Program is the result of a cooperative effort between BC Wheelchair Basketball Society (BCWBS), the Rick Hansen Foundation and the Province of British Columbia. It is intended to help kids with mobility limitations to become physically active early in life by helping to establish the fundamental skills, knowledge and abilities needed to confidently participate in play, sport and physical education with their peers.

They also offer resources for those that want to learn more about designing, developing and delivering inclusive physical activity programs for kids. The Resource section offers original content from practitioners as well as links to what others are doing throughout the world.


Deafness and hearing impairment

Canadian association of the Deaf
Research, consultation and information on Deaf needs.

Canadian Deaf Sports Association
CDSA selects and trains deaf athletes for international competitions, especially the Panamerican Games for the Deaf, the Deaflympics and/or the World Deaf Championships.

Canadian Hard of Hearing Association
CHHA is a nation-wide non-profit consumer organization run by and for hard of hearing people.

Sign language: best resources for beginners
A list of useful and free study resources for learning American Sign Language from Le Tutor Language School.

Signing Savvy
Online sign language resource for educators, interpreters, students, or anyone interested in American Sign Language. Signing Savvy includes a sign language dictionary containing several thousand high resolution videos of American Sign Language (ASL) signs, fingerspelled words, and other common signs used within the United States and Canada. It includes the ability to view large sign videos, build your own word lists and share them with others, create virtual flash cards and quizzes, print signs, build sign phrases, and more.


Blindness and vision impairment

CNIB is a registered charity, providing community-based support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life.

Canadian Council of the Blind
Largest membership based organization of the blind in Canada. The CCB deals with the ongoing effects of vision loss with specific programs to encourage active participation in local communities through education, sports and recreation and employment.


Physical disability

Provincial Paraplegic and Spinal Cord Injury Associations
BC | AB | SK | MB | ON | QC | NB | NL | PE | NS
The Provincial Paraplegic and Spinal Cord Injury Associations assist persons with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities to achieve independence, self-reliance and full community participation.

Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons
Provincial associations assist persons with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities to achieve independence, self-reliance and full community participation.