Adaptive

 

Paddle Canada     Adaptive / Abilities Committee: Outline and Intent

Introduction
This committee was created to meet Paddle Canada’s mission to promote recreational paddling instruction, safety & environmental awareness to all Canadians. 
    
Encouraging and supporting adaptive paddling meets with Paddle Canada’s Four Priorities: 
Public awareness & membership; 
Engaging youth in skills &safety; 
Instruction & skill development; 
Partnerships with similar organizations

The Creative Process
Late in  April 2018, the board approved the committee. In May a call out was placed in the newsletter to determine interest in the committee. In less than a week after distribution, we had over 16 active members, and a committee was born!

During the first meeting the members:
Set the committee purpose
Identified clusters/areas in need of support
People began identifying  areas of interest
To promote accessible recreational paddling
To support individuals in identifying & managing barriers
To assist people with different abilities & their support network to enjoy safe paddling! 

We are here to help any paddler self-identifying as someone experiencing impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions.

We recognize the ability to paddle may be affected by more than just a health problem. This can be a complex situation with multiple factors reflecting the interaction between the environment, a person’s body structures, skills, functionality, and our society.
An impairment is a problem in body function or structure;
An activity limitation is a difficulty in executing a task or action;
A  participation restriction is a life situation blocking access to the
Based on: World Health Organization, Disabilities[2]

Committee members are individually identifying which category or categories are of interest them, will divide the work accordingly.
Cognitive or Behavioural: acquired or genetic
Sensory: Altered or Lost
Birth (Congenital) Condition: mild to severe
Mental Health, Injury: Long-term, severe, or temporal
Illness: Chronic, long-term, or significant
                                         and any combination
We are here to help any paddler self-identifying as someone experiencing impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions.
An impairment is a problem in body function or structure;
An activity limitation is a difficulty in executing a task or action;
A  participation restriction is a life situation blocking access to the
Based on: World Health Organization, Disabilities[2]
Canadian / North American Resource to support differently-abled paddlers

ANYONE may contribute to these ideas
ANYONE may use our information *at their own risk

 

 

 

Meeting Complicated Communication and Information parameters

Past campaigns with PaddleSmart have illustrated how accessible and in personal time the online presence can be Individuals encountered  (Outreach results: training & trade shows  41,006,311; Non-Blue Ant  Media; 17,662,24;  Social Media; Digital Impressions & Radio 38,958,034)

So that is who we are trying to be “cloud-based”, accessible resources and communication.

Online Committee Shared Folder: for updates & ideas
We span a 4.5-hour time distance 
Quarterly Cyber Meeting  *8:30 pm, 2nd Wednesday 
Interim Decision Making by Email ballots