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ACES: Athlete COVID Experiences Survey

What’s this project about?

The current pandemic situation has understandably changed so much, including sport participation, and it is crucial to better understand athlete and family experiences during this time. We partnered with Special Olympics Canada to conduct this research to learn about athlete and family well-being, involvement in Special Olympics, and the kinds of supports they need now and in the future – in and out of sport. The ACES Study aimed to inform how to program for athlete and family support during and following the pandemic, including how to promote retention and re-engagement, which will help to create an evidence-informed strategy that increases access to sport for all Canadians with intellectual disability.

What did participation involve?

Parents/caregivers completed an online questionnaire that assessed the pandemic’s impact on athletes and their family, involvement in Special Olympics, how their family handles stressors, as well as athlete and family well-being.

Who was involved?

Parents and caregivers of Special Olympics Canada athletes (ages 12+).

Study flyer

Want to know more about this project?

For more information, please contact Teresa Sellitto at, or Dr. Jonathan Weiss, Principal Investigator on the study, at

This project was funded by Special Olympics Canada.