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Ability in Action

Are you an educator, student, coach, or service industry leader looking to encourage inclusion, acceptance, awareness and teamwork? You’ll want a progressive program from an organization you can trust.

We educate individuals, classes and community organizations about the importance of providing opportunities for people of all abilities. Through inclusive and integrated hands-on activities – like adapted games, wheelchair activities and rockwall climbing – and energetic discussions, participants will learn the importance of welcoming, accepting and understanding that we are all able, and as such, should support each other’s ambitions whether they are related to sport or social ventures.

Making a Difference in Sport & Recreation

Variety Village has been educating individuals, school groups, corporations and community organizations in accessibility and inclusive healthy living options across Ontario for more than 25 years. Last year, 10,000 participants took part in Variety Village’s Outreach programs across the province. As one of the first facilities in North America to promote inclusive sport and recreation, we are proud to invite you to get involved in our exciting initiatives.

  • Variety Village is a 168,000 square foot sports and fitness facility in the heart southwest Scarborough providing integrated sports, fitness, life skills and learning programs that impact lives and strengthen communities across the Greater Toronto Area.
  • We empower individuals of all ages and abilities by providing accessible, safe, inclusive, and adapted fitness and sports through facilitation, skills transfer, and training.
  • Our Outreach and Education programs were created in 1987 to introduce adapted activity ideas to engage individuals with disabilities and their peers in inclusive opportunities. Each program offers practical learning in play, cooperation, individual and team experiences.
  • The Inclusive Physical Activity Classes can also provide an introduction to multi-sport or sport-specific activities based on a group’s interests.

Promoting inclusive participation, access and awareness for schools, community groups and organizations.

AIA Programs

Activities will include discussion of ability, awareness, diversity, integration and active living.


Inclusive Games & Sports

Adapted organizational games with modified rules to promote inclusion and team work. Participants will  increase their awareness of opportunities, learning, fair play and cooperation.

Options could include: Wheelchair basketball, Seated Volleyball, Goal Ball, Boccia, Seated Curling, Wheelchair Soccer, 5 aside Soccer. Sessions will include orientation to the equipment, skill development and game play.


High Ropes

No need to be afraid of heights with the high ropes. Children will have the opportunity to try a raised obstacle course that is similar to tree-top trekking but the course is inside and high above the indoor track. All participants wear a harness and Variety Village staff are present to help guide the children across a wobbly bridge and zip line.

Volt Hockey

VOLT Hockey is a new adaptive sport, played in a specially designed chair, for individuals with limited upper and lower mobility. The chairs are battery powered and the game is similar to floor hockey. VOLT hockey can be played by anyone, of any ability as long as they can maneuver a joystick. The chairs move quickly so it a great opportunity for children to test their coordination, manual dexterity and have fun.


Rock climbing is an ideal activity to work on arm and leg strengthening, co-ordination and motor planning. It is also an excellent activity to help children and youth feel a sense of accomplishment as they problem solve their way up the wall.

Multisensory Room

The Multisensory room is a room designed for the purpose of introducing children to a variety of sensory perceptions. It is primarily a room for children who require external supports to assist with their sensory needs but all children will benefit from the experience. The room has two bubble tubes, a musical light panel, fiber optics, an infinity panel and ladder lights. Children are encouraged to explore each of the pieces in the room to see how they work at their own pace.

Ability in action programming

Interested in programming at your own facility?

Awareness days are offered at your facility. We will collaborate to develop a schedule of plan that fits your needs/interests, activities will depend on the space available.
Pricing varies. Please contact us directly for more information.

Click here to download the Ability in Action Booking form.

Cathy Price
416 699 7167 x281

Ann Doucette
Facility Bookings and Membership Services
416 699 7167 x245

BUS: We have a bus stop right outside! Take the 12A from Victoria Park Station.

FREE parking onsite.

Wheel-Trans accessible.

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