PARTICIPATE STUDY: The Participation of Children with Disabilities

Year of Study: 2000 - 2006

The PARTICIPATE study has been designed to examine the participation of children with physical disabilities in formal and informal everyday activities. We will also investigate:

  1. the environmental, family, and child-related factors that influence participation; and
  2. children's satisfaction with their own participation level(s), in addition to how their participation changes with age.

Research Team


  • Provides information to help families, service providers, researchers, and policymakers to promote participation in children with disabilities.
  • Assists in identifying important factors that influence children's participation.

Project Updates:

Participate Study Report:

This summary report describes the objectives, methods, and key findings of a three year study of the leisure and recreational activities of school age children and youth with physical disabilities in Ontario, Canada. A team of researchers from CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research, Thames Valley Children's Centre, and the Hospital for Sick Children worked together on this project. The purpose of the study was to examine the child, family and environmental factors that influence the leisure and recreational participation of children and youth with physical disabilities.

Related themes:
  • CAPE (Children's Assessment of Participation and Enjoyment)
  • PAC (Preferences for Activities of Children)


National Institutes of Health (U.S.) - $1,700,000 (2000-2003)