The Disabled Sailing Association of Ontario (DSAO) was established in 1999 to provide sailing opportunities for Ontarians living with disabilities, regardless of ability or age.
The goals of the organization are:
- To provide unique, enjoyable experiences for its participants which include opportunities for therapeutic, recreational, rehabilitative, social 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 individuals through recreation and competition
In 1999, DSAO’s flagship program QQDSP (Queens Quay Disabled Sailing Program) was created as an extension to British Columbia’s Disabled Sailing Association (1989) and the Mobility Cup (1991), founded by Sam Sullivan. Mobility Cup was brought to eastern Canada for the first time in 1999, hosted by DSAO and held at National Yacht Club.
Since then, DSAO has hosted hundreds of sailors for recreational, instructional and racing sails in Toronto Harbour.
The realization that our water and lakes serve as a great healer and equalizer inspires people living with disabilities to enjoy the freedom of wind, sun and spray.