A new project, led by the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division, in partnership with YMCA Ontario and Parks and Recreation Ontario, will make the fitness sector more accessible for people with mental health-related disabilities. The goal of the Enabling Minds project is to reduce barriers that prevent people with mental health-related disabilities from accessing physical activity programs and resources at community centres, fitness clubs, parks and other recreation or fitness facilities.
Enabling Minds will develop tools and training resources to support organizations in the recreation and physical activity sector to meet the requirements of the customer service and information and communication standards under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The resources developed through the project will be available by spring 2014. The Enabling Minds project is funded by the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario’s EnAbling Change Program.
The Enabling Minds project is now recruiting volunteers to sit on an Advisory Committee to provide expert feedback and advice on the process and deliverables of the project. Membership will comprise individuals with knowledge and understanding of the recreation/physical fitness environment, and/or professional expertise in the mental health sector, and/or lived experience of mental health issues. The role of the Advisory Committee is to ensure that the resources and training curriculum are tailored to the needs of service providers and will enhance accessibility for people with mental health-related disabilities.
For project information, or to express your interest in joining the Advisory Committee, please visit the project website at www.enablingminds.ca.