What is Jooay?
Jooay is a free app that helps children with disabilities and their families to locate leisure opportunities that are: close to where they are, accessible, suit their needs and abilities, match their preferences, can help them develop and participate in society. Jooay is also a community, to help parents, rehabilitation professionals, educators and community to connect, exchange, and learn from each other.
The Jooay App was developed at McGill University by Dr. Keiko Shikako-Thomas and Dr. Annette Majnemer, occupational therapists and childhood disability researchers, in close collaboration with parents, rehabilitation professionals, policymakers, youth , physical educators and community partners.
Participation in leisure is crucial for both healthy development and quality of life. This is a right of all children as stated by the United Nations convention on the rights of children.
There are fewer opportunities for adaptive leisure and inclusive activities. Parents and youth don’t know how or where to find this information.
Ways to Get Involved
Jooay is a growing community – you can suggest new activities that you know of and are not listed, you can flag activities that are no longer offered, or flag information that might be outdated. If you are an organization offering leisure activities for children with disabilities you can also send us and we will add it upon review. Meet a Jooay ambassador in your province, or become a Jooay ambassador!
Meet the Canadian Jooay Team
Dr. Keiko Shikako-Thomas, McGill University
Dr. Annette Majnemer, McGill University
Jooay Central Team:
Luca Martial- Social Media Coordinator
Ecenaz Albayrak- Administrative Assistant and Data Manager
Ebele Mogo-Public Health Researcher
Paul Yejong Yoo- PhD student, Occupational Therapy
Meet the Australian Jooay Team
Information will be available soon!
Meet the Jooay Ambassadors
The Jooay ambassadors are provincial representatives who know the communities where they live and are open to talk, exchange, and add provincial resources and activities to the growing Jooay database of activities. If you live in Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, or Ontario please contact our local ambassadors to exchange and learn about leisure activities happening in your province!
Vincent Lefebvre, Quebec
Julie Brocklehurst, Newfoundland
Sarah Streisel, Saskatchewan
Student, Recreational Therapy
Linda Martin, Saskatchewan
Professor, Therapeutic Recreation
Add your Activity! Suggest an activity
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