The Disabled Sailing Association of Ontario (DSAO) is dedicated to providing people living with a disability the opportunity to learn about and enjoy sailing. The DSAO is a non-profit charitable organization founded, organized and run by people with disabilities, and is uniquely attuned to the needs and desires of its participants.
- To provide sailing opportunities for Ontarians regardless of ability or age.
- To provide unique, enjoyable experiences for its participants which include opportunities for social, recreational, rehabilitative and competitive activities.
- To build confidence and self-esteem for people with disabilities, and enhance their independence.
- To facilitate the integration of disabled and able-bodied recreation and competition.
The success of sailing as a recreational and rehabilitation program for the disabled is evident in both the growing numbers of people that participate in these programs, and in the enthusiastic support that the DSAO has already received from disabled communities, along with other organizations and funding agencies. Supporters are inspired by the fact that the lakes and oceans of Canada serve as great healers and equalizers: people with mobility impairments can leave their wheelchairs (and their disabilities) behind, and enjoy the independence and freedom that one experiences when wind, sun and spray join forces to make a perfect sailing day.
Donate now! Our programs and services are made possible by donors like you. You can help make sailing accessible by clicking on the Canada Helps logo above and donating through the Canada Helps charity to DSAO. A receipt will be issued from the processing organization CanadaHelps.org.
Canadian Charitable Registration No: 869006429 RR0001
DSAO will be at booth 1625.
The Toronto Boat Show is North America’s largest indoor boat show, the longest in duration and renowned as the best place to see boats and the best place to buy them.
For DSAO, the boat show draws new members, old members, volunteers to DSAO and supports donations. Let's have DSAO in the forefront of people’s minds and support ongoing sponsorship requests.