Research Studies

The Ontario Para Network is proud to support research studies that impact our wheelchair sport community and athletes. Please see below for current research studies that you may be able to support or participate in:

Positive Youth Development: Adopting a new perspective for understanding the developmental outcomes associated with sport participation among youth with disabilities

York University School of Kinesiology and Health Sciences is looking for youth to share their experiences regarding sport participation. This is part of a study exploring the developmental outcomes associated with sport participation among youth with disabilities.

Eligibility for participation:

  • ages of 14-21
  • have a physical disability
  • enrolled and participating in a sports program
    • This includes any sport activity or program that is organized and run by an adult or leader outside of school hours (ex: swimming lessons, soccer, hockey, tennis, dance, martial arts, track and field, ski etc.)

Study description: The study will take approximately 60 minutes. Participation will involve an interview (telephone or video chat) where youth will be asked questions about their sport experiences. Participants will also be asked to fill-out a concept map outlining their sport experiences before doing the interview. Participants will receive a 25$ gift card to either Tim Hortons, Indigo, Amazon or Starbucks as a token of appreciation. The study has been approved by the York University Research Ethics Committee.

If you or your child would like more information about the study or are interested in participating, please contact Amanda McKinnon at

Participant Recruitment Poster_York University

For further information or research submissions please contact