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Karen Stintz 12 Fitness Business Canada March/April 2016

How does your fitness facility accommodate members who have disabilities or special needs?

ariety Village has a 65-year history serving people with disabilities. The facility is ful- ly accessible and inclusive and

offers programs for children, youth, young adults, adults and seniors of all abilities. The facility has a cardio room, weight room, indoor track, three basketball courts and a pool. These amenities are available seven days a

week and serve different segments of the community throughout the day. There is a day program for young

adults with cognitive disabilities that provides socialization, life-skills coaching and physical activity. Variety Village has also partnered with the lo- cal health integration network and of- fers a Rehabilitation to Community program for post-recovery stroke pa- tients to help them integrate back into the community. Variety Village offers inclusive sport

development for children and youth of all abilities through: aquatics; non- competitive, multi-sport and competi- tive sports; day camps; and working with school boards to integrate physi- cal activity and play for kids while at school. Children and young adults can par-

ticipate in sports for the fun of it or train to become Paralympic champi- ons. Members of Variety Village have

medalled in both the Parapan Am Games and the Paralympics. Our facility offers a place of be-

longing. Since everyone who comes to Variety Village is different, no one is different. Through our programs, our staff members help individuals build their skills and their confidence. Our facility is a place to socialize, partici- pate in physical activity and become part of a community.

Karen Stintz president & CEO Variety Village Scarborough, Ontario


n addition to being completely AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act)-compliant, Caledon Centre for Recreation

and Wellness provides many opportu- nities for people with disabilities and special needs to live a healthy active lifestyle. Jesse's Sensory Garden was donated

by the parents of Jesse, one of the first children to experience the benefits of

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