Optimiser la participation, l'environnement et la qualité de vie des enfants et adolescents ayant une déficience physique

 

Dana Anaby

Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire en réadaptation du Montréal métropolitain

 

Domaine : santé de la mère, des enfants et des adolescents

Programme chercheurs-boursieurs - Junior 1

Concours 2014-2015

Active participation of children and adolescents with physical disabilities in community-based leisure activities is vital to their health and overall well-being. Unfortunately, children and youth with physical disabilities are at risk of experiencing lower levels of participation in community activities, which can in turn lead to isolation and decreased quality of life. To address this issue, I am studying a new program to increase the participation of this population in community-based activities. This program focuses on removing environmental barriers and coaching parents to identify and implement strategies that can enhance their child¿s participation. I am also part of a team that is developing an App to assist parents in setting participation goals and generating a treatment plan. Additionally, I am studying the design of public spaces (e.g., playgrounds and parks) to facilitate accessibility and inclusion of individuals of all age groups with and without disabilities, and, as a result, improve their community-based participation.
         
I am also involved in transmitting and sharing research findings about children¿s participation with clinicians, families and policy makers and my goal is to make current scientific knowledge more accessible and easy-to-read. This will result in new policies and clinical practice that is participation-focused and based on current research evidence.

My ultimate vision is to contribute to the inclusion, health and well-being of children and youth with physical disabilities, as well as to promote participation-based practices, policies and communities. My efforts will ensure the readiness of these children for living a healthy and independent adulthood by reaching their full potential.