The Parasport Jumpstart Fund supports programs offering organized integrated or adaptive sport and physical activity for children and youth with a disability. Every program will look different based on the organization running the program and the participants involved. Examples include:
• Paralympic Sport: Paralympic sport programming includes sports that are currently on the Paralympic Games programs. There are 28 sports on the Paralympic program. Click here for a complete list: https://games.paralympic.ca/paralympic-sports
• Para sport: Para sport programs can encompass integrative or adaptive sport for persons with a disability. The term “para” comes from the word parallel meaning parallel to non-adaptive sports.
• Multi-sport: Multi-sport refers to programs that offer multiple sports or activities. These types of programs are often important at the entry level stages for children and youth in order to expose them to varying experiences.
• Organized Physical Activity: Put simply, physical activity can be considered moving your body to use energy. While this could be actively getting to school or doing chores around the house, organized activity means there is a clear structure to the activity such as a water aerobics class, a group walking or wheeling program, or a physical literacy program.