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Toronto Accessible Sports Council-- Sports Series Launch

April 2008 marks the start of the 'Toronto Accessible Sports Council', a new initiative aimed at building access and equity through sport. The Toronto Accessible Sports Council (TASC) is recognized as one of six Community Sport Councils of the Toronto Sports Council. The vision of TASC is to unite disability organizations that provide sport and active living opportunities for people with physical disabilities to share resources, collaborate in program planning and delivery, and create a stronger unified voice to advocate for change and equity on behalf of athletes with a disability in Toronto.

"The Toronto Accessible Sports Council is an important initiative to build awareness around accessible recreation programming that leads to the development of new sports for people with disabilities," said Mayor David Miller. "Providing opportunities for all Toronto citizens to participate in their communities also leads to the development of an inclusive and liveable city."

A number of disability organizations are partnering on the newly formed council. Organizations that have already signed on include: Bloorview Kids Rehab, Paralympics Ontario, Ontario Cerebral Palsy Sports Assoc., Variety Village, Toronto Rehab, Ontario Wheelchair Sports Assoc, Motion Specialties, Achilles Track Club of Canada, Canadian Head Injury Resource Services, Disabled Sailing of Ontario, Freedom's Wings, Anne Johnston Health Station, Curl Ontario and March of Dimes.

There are lots of opportunities for sport participants, volunteers, disability organizations, and community and corporate partners to get involved in TASC. Ronald McDonald House Charities has donated $30,000 in support of the initiative. Together we will coordinate and integrate the development of accessible sports in Toronto.

The first project that TASC will undertake is the delivery of 10 accessible sport programs starting in May of 2008, that are open to people of all ages and abilities. Programs include Boccia, Wheelchair tennis and basketball, Track and Field, Adapted Sailing and Gliding and more. The programs will be offered at City-operated facilities and participants can register and get information at www.jointhetasc.com or email us at info@jointhetasc.com

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