The “Développement d’une plateforme d’accompagnement au loisir autonome en plein air destinée aux personnes ayant des incapacités” study is recruiting!

The “Développement d’une plateforme d’accompagnement au loisir autonome en plein air destinée aux personnes ayant des incapacités” study is recruiting! The research team of Dr. François Routhier from Laval University and the Regional Leisure Association for People with Disabilities of the Capitale-National (ARLPH 03) are jointly leading a research project to set up and evaluate a pairing between guide and person with disability(ies) for adapted outdoor activities. Download the form below for more information:

Apply for the Chapman & Innovation (C&I) Grant

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The Chapman and Innovation Grant (C&I) is designed to help undergraduate and master’s students work with a BC-community partner to test a new idea and take initiative in tackling social and environmental issues affecting under-represented populations in their local communities.  Domestic and international students are eligible to apply. Applicants can request funds between $1,500 – $10,000. The deadline to apply is Sunday, February 5, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. Learn more

Apply for the Connect to Community Grant (C2C)

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The Connect to Community Grant (C2C) offers UBC undergraduate and master’s degree students the opportunity to carry out a meaningful project in partnership with a local not-for-profit community organization. Designed as an introduction to the grants experience, the C2C grant strives to be a dynamic learning opportunity. It challenges students to learn from the application process until project completion, without the fear of failing. We encourage students and community partners to test new ideas. Domestic and international students are eligible to apply. Applicants can request funds between $200 to $1,500 CAD. The deadline to apply is Sunday, February 5, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. Learn more

Apply for the Ross C. Purse Doctoral Fellowship

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The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) administers the Ross C. Purse PhD studentship annually, and awards this fellowship to a deserving student who is conducting research in the area of vision sciences (any project in any discipline that focuses on understanding quality of life of persons with sight loss, or which impacts the sight loss community).

Download the application form below.

The SWAN Project is recruiting!

Earn $75 by participating in an interview! The SWAN Project is looking for research participants to complete a neighbourhood audit.

Duration: Approximately 3 hours 

Token of appreciation: $75 

Who can participate? Individuals with vision disabilities who may or may not use visual aids (excluding issues that can be corrected using common tools like glasses)

Who are we? Dr. Atiya Mahmood’s research team at Simon Fraser University

This is the webpage for our research study: https://inclusivemap.ca/swan/

We would like to learn about your experiences with getting around in neighbourhoods so that your challenges can be improved! Please contact us directly to learn more:

E-mail: MAPSFU[at]sfu.ca
Phone: (778) 782-7365

If you are unsure whether you qualify as a participant, we are happy to talk to you!

MAP Newsletter

November 16, 2022

IN THIS ISSUE


MAP Project Spotlight: Cycle Lane Infrastructure Project

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The MAP Project has a new and exciting project! The Cycle Lane Infrastructure project explores the mobility experiences of wheeled device users and cyclists who use urban pathways.

We spoke with Tyrone Scales, a doctoral student involved with the project, about why this research is meaningful to him. Read more


Rendez-Vous Avec Himani and Maxime

Himani Prajapati

Himani is a Graduate Research Assistant completing her PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of British Columbia. Currently, Himani is working on transportation facilities and barriers in airlines for people with disabilities. Listening to music makes her smile! Read more

Maxime Kiki

Maxime is a Graduate Research Assistant completing his PhD at Université Laval. Currently, Maxime is working on improving the use of public transport to facilitate the social participation and integration of older individuals and people with disabilities or loss of mobility. Writing poetry verses is his hidden talent and he loves cooking! Read more



Partner Updates

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The Silver Harbour Senior’s Activity Centre is a gathering place for local older adults located in North Vancouver. Read more about the centre’s involvement in MAP!

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Adaptavie’s mission has been to prevent, maintain, improve and promote the physical and mental well-being as well as the autonomy of people living with functional limitations. Read more about several projects underway as part of Adaptavie’s partnership with MAP!


Conferences and Events


Funding Opportunities

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MAP Wordle

See if you can solve the MAP Wordle!

Rendez-Vous Avec Himani

Name: Himani Prajapati

Role: Graduate Research Assistant

1) Where are you from and where do you study?  
I am from Ahmedabad, India. I am doing PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences at The University of British Columbia.   

2)  What motivates you to make the world more accessible?  
My background in Physiotherapy have always been inspiration for me to understand what accessibility means and finding the ways in which accessibility could be encourage. I feel it is very important topic to consider because improving accessibility motivates people to get more involved in the work or activity they do, thus enhances the participation.   

3)  In a short and simple language, describe your research project or the project you are working on.  
Currently I am working on Transportation facilities/barriers in airlines for people with disabilities. 

4)  What is your hidden talent and greatest quality?  
My hidden talent is drawing although since a long time I have ever drawn anything.   

5)  What is the best way to make you smile?   
Listening Music! 

6)  What do you like to do in your free time?  
I like to take walk surrounded by nature! I also like to play badminton during my free time.   

7)  What place in the world do you dream of visiting?  
There are so many, but visiting Germany is my dream.   

8)  What’s the best book you’ve read or movie you’ve seen that inspired you?  
Movie – Theory of Everything   

9)  If you could have dinner with a known researcher/scientist/clinician/person who would it be and why ?   
I would like to have dinner with : author Deepak Chopra. He advocates on alternative medicine and ways to take care of psychological health.  

Partner Update: Adaptavie

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Since 1980, Adaptavie’s mission has been to prevent, maintain, improve and promote the physical and mental well-being, as well as the autonomy of people living with functional limitations. 

The support of evidence, the expertise of researchers and collaborations with the various actors in the field allow us to offer better quality services to our members which promote their social inclusion. Several projects are underway as part of the MAP (Mobility, Access, Participation) Project. Here are two examples: 

Access to community services for people with disabilities or loss of autonomy since the COVID-19 pandemic: an action research-type study. This collaboration helps us to improve the accessibility of our services. 

We are also involved in a project on mobility assistance technologies and social obstacles to urban mobility for people with motor disabilities in Quebec City with Dr. Normand Boucher and Dr. Mir Abolfazl. 

This emerging technology will allow our members, as well as other citizens living with functional limitations, to make more use of active transport such as, for example, riding in a wheelchair and living more in a situation of social inclusion. This collaboration is dear to us and we hope to be able to take advantage of all these advances for the benefit of people living with functional limitations. 

Rendez-Vous Avec Maxime

Name: Maxime Kiki

Role: Graduate Research Assistant

1) Where are you from, and where did you study?   
I am Gbètogo Maxime KIKI. I was born in Benin in West Africa, where I studied at the University of Abomey-Calavi. I studied there, among other things, psychology, economics, and especially physiotherapy. I also practiced the profession of physiotherapist (Physiotherapist in my country) for about ten years before deciding to continue in research. 

2) What motivates you to make the world more accessible? 
I was educated in an atmosphere where only fraternity and mutual aid can exist, and injustice is the real enemy to be fought at all costs. I think that these moral values that can be sourced from my education and my origins motivate me both in my research and in life. I dream of a world where balance is possible, and everyone can feel quite happy in their environment and what they do. For me, no one can live happily alone; we must help others to achieve their goal as much as possible.  

3) In simple language, describe your research project/the project in which you are collaborating.   
Public transport is essential to facilitate the social participation and integration of older people with disabilities or loss of mobility.  But many elderly people with disabilities or loss of autonomy do not use it. A training approach could improve the use of public transport. The Public Transport Network (RTC) has created the integrated mobility support service (SAMI). The project’s objectives are to explore the experiences of PAIPAS with SAMI and evaluate the influences of SAMI on confidence, mobility and satisfaction. 

Methodology:  
Quote: a mixed estimate will be followed with the use of qualitative and quantitative methods. An advisory committee is set up to monitor the smooth running of the project.  

Participants: We will recruit ten elderly people with disabilities or loss of autonomy aged 55 and over living in Quebec City. They must be able to move with or without mobility aids and without mental disorders and COVID19. They will be recruited by convenience sampling (ARTERE association, TCC, residences for seniors). 

Procedure and evaluation: Evaluations will be carried out two weeks before and after said training and then three and six months after taking the training. Confidence will be measured using a visual analog scale, mobility via the life space assessment, satisfaction by the Canadian occupation performance measure and the travel satisfaction scale. Finally, from semi-structured qualitative interviews will be conducted immediately after the training and then three and six months later. 

Analysis: Descriptive statistics will be produced on the basis of quantitative data (averages, standard deviations, frequencies, percentages). The qualitative interviews will be transcribed and coded from the NVivo software. A thematic analysis will be carried out based on the codes according to the human development model-disability production process (MDH-PPH). An exploration of emerging themes will be carried out according to the socio-demographic data collected. 

Non-parametric longitudinal analyses will be carried out in order to search for the differences for each participant before and after the SAMI training with regard to the use of public transport, the feeling of personal efficiency and mobility (p=0.05). The SPSS/R software will be used.  

4) What are your hidden talent and your greatest quality?  
I like to write poetry verses. I think the greatest quality remains altruism.  

5) What is the best way to make yourself smile?   
I like unpacking gifts; the value of the gift does not matter to me, but gently unpacking the packaging and opening the cardboard gives me nothing but happiness and therefore makes me smile every time. 

6) What do you like to do during your hobbies?   
Late my mother had almost no daughter, and so she got us used to cooking and loving the stoves. So I love to cook, but mostly African dishes. I also like to garden and read a good novel at the beach with my feet immersed in the sea sand, rocked and caressed from time to time by the seawater.  

7) What place in the world do you dream of visiting?   
I wish I could visit the Forbidden City in Beijing. I am fascinated by the richness of its history and the beauty of the places. 

8) Which book you have read or movie you have watched that has inspired/marked you the most?   
By far, the Bible is my favourite book that has inspired me the most and that inspires me again and again. This is the book that never gives me the same understanding every time I read the same line at two different times. In my opinion, it is the most important book ever written. It is an eyewitness testimony of historical events of such magnitude that they literally shaped the world in which we live. 

On the movie side, I was impressed by “men of honour” by George Tillman Jr. The true story of Carl Brashear, the first African-American to join the Navy as a scuba diver. I have watched it almost thirty times; the main actor deeply embodies all those I believe in. Indeed, I think that with a lot of rigour, courage, determination, patience, a grain of tenacity and a little help and luck, a man is able to any. 

Partner Update: Silver Harbour Senior’s Activity Centre

Silver Harbour Seniors’ Activity Centre is located in North Vancouver and is a gathering place for local older adults.  The Centre offers more than 60 different seniors programs and services, including activities supporting physical health and wellbeing, nutrition, cognitive and mental health, lifelong learning, artistic creativity, and much more; we are also a community partner in the MAP Partnership. 

Our participation in MAP has focused on the very practical work of recruiting older adults to various MAP projects, such as neighbourhood walkability audits with a mobility, hearing and/or dementia focus.  More broadly, however, our participation in this partnership has helped ensure the effectiveness, applicability, and usefulness of academic research in the community, which in turn facilitates the improved quality of life, participation, and inclusion of seniors with disabilities and mobility limitations in the community.