International Events

Money-Making Opportunities for Adapted PE Specialists

Adapted physical educators can earn money on the side by leading workshops for fellow teachers. The American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation (AAPAR) seeks nationally Certified Adapted Physical Educators (CAPE designation through APENS) to share their expertise with other physical educators, so they can better include students with disabilities in physical education classes. AAPAR’s workshops are customized to meet the needs of school districts by providing workshops on:

  • inclusion techniques
  • visual impairments
  • mobility limitations
  • autism spectrum disorders
  • behavior management, and more

Instructors are selected for specific workshop opportunities based on geographical proximity, expertise, and history of successful instruction. You must be an AAPAR member to lead our workshops. If you are not already an AAPAR, joining is easy and has many benefits!
Whether you would like to request an adapted PE workshop for your school or become a workshop leader, visit AAPAR’s Website for more information.

Israeli-Palestinian Junior Wheelchair-Basketball Coach's Seminar



Within the framework of a partnership program organized and financed by the Peres Center for Peace in the Middle East,
a monthly exchange program among youth with and without physical
disabilities who play wheelchair-basketball has been planned.

Partners in this program are Lifegate rehabilitation association located in Beit Jallah from the Palestinian side, and the Israel Sport Center for the Disabled (ISCD) located in Ramat-Gan from the Israeli side. The activity is intended to follow the guidelines of the junior wheelchair-basketball activity with a twin-basket principle
(a basket at regular height and one at 1.20 meters height for the less
functionally able participants), originally developed by the ISCD with
the assistance of the Israel National Insurance Instutute Fund for Demonstration Projects.

order to establish basic knowledge and skills for instruction, a
coach's seminar was organized during 18-19 November 2009. Participants
in the Seminar were Jad and Abir from Beit Gallah, and Isam from Kfar
Manda, and Arab community in the north of Israel. The following impressions were written by Inbal Ben-Ezer, from the Peres Center.

After a short introduction,
we started the first day with some basics about the Wheelchair itself,
how to match a wheelchair to a player, the classification system of
wheelchair-basketball players and the basic rules of basketball in
general and wheelchair-basketball in particular – all explained by
Head-coach Liran.

our lunch break, Liran got us all into wheelchairs and taught us basic
skills: maneuvering the wheelchair, dribbling, passing the ball, and
shooting to the basket. Accompanying Liran were Gadi and Salim, two
coaches from Beer-Sheva who came to help and support us.

the afternoon we drove to Rishon Letzion to watch a
wheelchair-basketball practice conducted by the coaches Tal and
Nehorai. We saw the different kinds of disabilities of the children as
well as the conduct of the able children on the wheelchair, and
witnessed some of the different kinds of training activities conducted
in a practice and a short game between the kids.

We ended the long and interesting day with dinner in Tel-Aviv and went our separate ways.

second day began on the wheelchairs, practicing some of the skills
learnt the day before, focusing on blocking and shooting (between
players or individually).

a short coffee break we continued to a conversation with Ayelet, a
social worker, who explained some of the complexities of working with
disabled children and their parents and communities. Issues that were
raised include how to recruit the children, acceptance and support of
the family and the community, and the dynamics between the team players
(between children with different disabilities, between able and
disabled children, between boys and girls at a certain age, etc.). The
conversation was very important and productive and it touched important
questions and difficulties the coaches, Liran and Ayelet raised. Finally, we went back to the court and Liran taught us some drills, exercises, and activities to practice with the kids.

Palestinian - Israeli Twin wheelchair basketball encounter



On 1st Feb 2010, about 25 children and adolescents aged 14 – 18 from Beit Jala, Palestein and Rishon Lezion, Israel
met at the court of the Israeli team for a joint activity of twin
wheelchair basketball. The group included participants with a diverse
functional ability ranging from severe disabilities such as spinal cord
injury, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, learning disorders, hearing
impairment and participants without any known disability. All children
chose to use the wheelchair as a tool for exciting and enjoying
competitive and collaborative physical activity.

the Palestinian group this was a first encounter with the wheelchair
sport environment, and an excellent opportunity for starting an
extra-curricular sport program. For all children this was a first
encounter with children from "the other side". Nevertheless, no signs
of resisting or avoidance were observed. Almost immediately
participants mixed and cooperated in the different activities,
specially designed to attract cooperative activity, while adapting to
the varied experience in wheelchair skills.

Palestinian children arrived and were seated in wheelchairs provided by
the hosting group and adapted to their sizes and skills. After
preliminary adjustment to the sport wheelchairs and a refreshment
provided by volunteers from the Hosting club from Rishon Lezion, the
Israeli participants arrived and the meeting started. Participants put
on their shirts tag names in both Arabic and Hebrew and started with
coaches Jad & Abir from the Lifegate Palestinian organization and
Tal, Nehorai, Moran and Anat from the Israeli team to follow the
intensive program which was accompanied by lively music. Activities
followed one after the other and included wheeling and stopping to
handshake with a partner, passing in groups, passing and wheeling,
shooting to baskets at different heights, and finally performing
touch-down games a lead-up activity toward wheelchair basketball.

was particularly impressive to see the immediate responsiveness of the
children to each other, using the language of playing and sporting
together as a common denominator. Most striking was the patience and
involvement of the able-bodied children who exhibited open-mindness and
willingness to help where and when really needed. At the end of the
activity mini bi-lingual sport dictionaries were handed out, and the
Palestinian group was provided with wheelchairs to enable it starting
up a regular training schedule.

All involved participants from the Peres Center,
Lifegate rehabilitation charity, Rishon Lezion and Israeli sport center
for the Disabled clubs are highly excited to continue a regular
schedule of monthly encounters.

the tolerance required between able-bodied and disabled and the choice
to enhance the ability within a sporting environment rather than trying
to "resist the inability" provides an inclusive atmosphere which also
facilitates bilateral national encounters. We are looking forward for
further significant and exciting activity in the months to come. For viewing photos from the event click here!!

APAID is on the winning track!


YES, we’re almost there! As all of you who had time to read the previous email may remember: APAID has been nominated as the world’s most promising young social enterprise by the Unreasonable Institute. The first 25 finalists to raise $6,500 on the online marketplace will win a ten-week mentor intensive course and a seed grant that will enable us to bring the venture to the next level.


The good news is: Many people have supported us so far and we need only $1.972,- more! Therefore we want to reach out to you one last time, because you can make us finishing first!


What can you do to help APAID realizing this amazing opportunity?

1.      You can give a donation to APAID on the platform (at this moment the maximum amount to donate is USD 50,- , next week this will be USD 100,-).

2.      You can share this information with all your contacts.

3.      You can convince at least 5 persons to donate and share this information as well.


Lastly, we want to take this opportunity to already thank all the fantastic people who have supported us in the last weeks: THANK YOU VERY MUCH!! 




P.S.      For those of you who didn’t have the time to read the previous email some reasons why you would help us:

            We understand that there are plenty other great initiatives that deserve your money (e.g. initiatives helping Haiti after the earth quake) and therefore we won’t tell you not to give to anyone else.

            But here are three reasons why we believe you should consider supporting us:

1.      If we get to the 10 weeks unreasonable institute we will learn and share experiences with the world’s best social entrepreneurs. This will bring us the knowledge, insights and skills that will eventually allow us to reach our goal of enhancing the lives of 1 million people with disabilities who are still facing inequality and discrimination on a daily basis.

2.      The Unreasonable Institute will give each finalist a seed grant that allows us to bring the organization to the next level. For you it means that your money might be three folded because the seed grant will be more than the USD 6.500 needed to get to the institute (pretty good prospective for you isn’t it?)

3.      In the unexpected case that we are not in the first 25 to raise USD 6.500, you do not lose your money as it will only be deducted from your account if we are in the first 25.


Steffi de Jong

GOFPEP May 13-14 2010

 Announcement of GoFPEP 2010 

The School of Health, Physical Education & Leisure Services (HPELS), University of 

Northern Iowa and the Grundy Center Community Schools are pleased to announce the 

program for the Global Forum for Physical Education Pedagogy 2010 (GoFPEP 2010) in 

Grundy Center, Iowa, USA from May 13-14, 2010.


GoFPEP 2010 will provide unique opportunities for professional enhancement drawing 

together leading scholars and experts in physical education, physical activity, health, and 

technology throughout the world. A unique contextualized model of health and physical 

education preparation embedded in community life will be explored. Further, GoFPEP 

2010 will highlight ways in which technology can be employed in the teaching of health 

and physical education. There will be 11 presentations during the two-day forum 

including keynotes, breakout sessions, and workshops. GoFPEP 2010 will involve the 

crafting of a global consensus statement focused on “Health and Physical Education 

Pedagogy in the 21st Century”. It is the objective of the forum to stimulate interest of 

colleagues globally on this unique model of health and physical education for future 

diffusion to various communities and school systems in the U.S. and internationally.    


70 renowned inter-disciplinary scholars and experts in health and physical education 

from 30 countries have confirmed their participations in GoFPEP 2010. They are 

representing 64 universities, institutions, organizations and schools globally. Among 

them, sixteen are former and current Presidents and Chairpersons of AAHPERD, ACESS, 


2010 has been endorsed by 14 US and world-renowned international professional 

organizations. The official web site of GoFPEP 2010 ( 

was globally launched on January 20, 2010. For further information, please contact Prof. 

Dr. Ming-kai Chin, Chairman of the Organizing Committee, GoFPEP 2010, University of 

Northern Iowa. E-mail: 

The Centre for Inclusive Sports Studies (CEDI) founded in Madrid (Spain) Oct. 28, 2009

The Centre for Inclusive Sports Studies (CEDI) is founded in Madrid (Spain)

The Sanitas Foundation and the Polytechnic University of Madrid (Faculty of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences – INEF) have signed, last October 28th 2009, an agreement for the creation of Centre for Inclusive Sports Studies (Centro de Estudios sobre Deporte Inclusivo – CEDI, in Spanish) in Spain. The main goal is to research and raise awareness of inclusion in sport, an issue at the forefront of sports practice for persons with disabilities. 

The CEDI will foster the practice of inclusive physical activities and sports for the disabled and non-disabled people alike. Headed by Professor Javier Pérez Tejero, it will analyze and promote the benefits of physical activities and sports for the handicapped in improving their health and encouraging their social integration. The studies and knowledge it generates are aimed at promoting a platform for action, especially among regular sports institutions, to promote equality and inclusion in regular sports practice. The Centre will work with sports federations to make headway in this field, as well as with universities, schools, sports clubs and other institutions. To deliver on these goals, the CEDI will work in four different areas:

Research and Knowledge. It will carry out research work APA and sports in Spain in relation to different fields, such as clinical/rehabilitation, education, sport and leisure.

Training and Skills. It will train Inclusive Physical Education and/or Technical Sports Training professionals’ analysis and requirements.

Activities and Implementation. Main activities will be the development ofwheelchair basketball for children with and without disabilities; sports for severe disabilities will be developed at inclusive context and the inclusion of children with disabilities in school sports competitions at the regional and national levels. 

Awareness-raising. Publications, scientific forums and training courses on inclusive physical activities and Sports: materials and resources.

The new Centre is based out of the Faculty of Physical Activity and Sports Science-INEF at the Polytechnic University of Madrid and will have a website soon, where all the activities undertaken in the different project areas will be pubished and coordinated. 

One of the first steps on the CEDI is to develop a research based state-of-the-art of the practice of physical activity and sports in Spain by persons with disabilities, together with the Higher Sport Council of Spain. Moreover, an overview book of “APA research and quality of life in Spain” will be published in early 2010. Apart from research, training and skills curricula for sport coaches is being developed with a strong focus in inclusion of persons with disabilities into sport mainstream. 

But probably the main focus of the CEDI is the development of real inclusive activities, like the “Inclusive Basketball Camp” in May 2009, together with Real Madrid Foundation (see the picture with Real Madrid basketball team), the “Basketball Integration Day” last December 19th 2009, both in Madrid (Spain), or the inclusion, the first week of January 2010, of some sports for persons with physical disabilities (like swimming or wheelchair basketball) at the Spanish School Sport Championships (Zaragoza, Spain). 

The CEDI will provide grants for doctoral students in Sports Sciences, especially for those with disability, developing projects in the context of the centre. But even we are honoured and glad to have in CEDI to the professors David Sanz Rivas (as national APA expert) and Yeshayahu Hutzler (as international APA expert) as external CEDI consultants.

With the creation of the Centre, the Sanitas Foundation wants people with disabilities to benefit from sport as a way of leading a healthier and better-quality life. It also aims to increase integration and provide fuller lives for the disabled people. This agreement is yet another part of Sanitas’s commitment to the people with disabilities and sport. The company is one of the organizations that supports the ADOP (Paralympic Sport Supporting) Plan to support the Paralympics, and is the official medical provider to the Spanish Paralympic Committee. Its work in this area has involved creating and managing the first and only medical service in the world aimed at a Paralympics team. It is concerned both with their daily health services and in preparing Spanish Paralympic team members for the Paralympic Games. (

Javier Pérez Tejero

Faculty of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences – INEF; Polytechnic University of Madrid (Spain), 

European Congress of Adapted Physical Activity 6.-8.5.2010, Jyväskylä, Finland Deadline For Submissions has been Extended to December 31!

Considering continual requests from authors we inform you that Deadline For Submissions has been Extended to December 31!!

European Congress of Adapted Physical Activity (EUCAPA) May 6 - 8, 2010 Jyväskylä, Finland

European Congress of Adapted Physical Activity (EUCAPA) May 6 - 8, 2010 Jyväskylä, Finland

The next EUCAPA will be organized in Finland as a joint effort between University of Jyväskylä and The Finnish Society of Sport Sciences. The Congress concentrates on Adapted Physical Activity Over Life-Span and brings together researchers and specialists from all over the Europe. Presentations and discussions of the most recent research in the field make the Congress an unrivalled opportunity to compare notes with other professionals, stimulates growth in the sector and helps to spread "good practice in APA". The main themes and are:  1. Adapted physical education, 2. Physical activity and aging, 3. Disability sport: from sport for all to elite sport, 4. Integration and inclusion, 5. From recreation to elitesport. Participants are invited to submit abstract proposals for oral and poster presentations within the scope of the topics at the Congress.

Deadline for Abstract submissions is by December 15, 2009.

More information

Survey on the Status, Needs and Desires of the Special Olympics Movement


Special Olympics International has begun to develop a five year strategic plan for global inclusion across all geographies and constituencies.

The strategic plan uses different sources such as interviews, focus groups, different data as well as a global survey to understand the status, needs and desires of all involved in the movement. Hence, Special Olympics International looks forward to input and asks the staff of the movement as well as their constituents to complete a survey. It is available online at

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