Call for conributions to IFAPA newsletter

Call for contributions to IFAPA newsletter - July 2011

Deadline for submitting articles is July 3. Email: Newsletter Editor, Dr Cindy Sit: sithp(at)hku(dot)hk

Maine Racer Breaks Barriers in High School Skiing

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Anything is possible

16 year old Myah Wallace treks the Inca Trail

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Eunice Kennedy Shriver 1921-2009

Statement from The Shriver Family


Hyannis Port, Massachusetts
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
6:00 a.m. E.D.T.

It's hard for us to believe:
the amazing Eunice Kennedy Shriver went home to God this morning at 2 a.m.

She was the light of our lives, a mother, wife, grandmother, sister and aunt who taught us by example and with passion what it means to live a faith-driven life of love and service to others. For each of us, she often seemed to stop time itself - to run another Special Olympics games, to visit us in our homes, to attend to her own mother, her sisters and brothers, and to sail, tell stories, and laugh and serve her friends. How did she do it all?

Inspired by her love of God, her devotion to her family, and her relentless belief in the dignity and worth of every human life, she worked without ceasing - searching, pushing, demanding, hoping for change. She was a living prayer, a living advocate, a living center of power. She set out to change the world and to change us, and she did that and more. She founded the movement that became Special Olympics, the largest movement for acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities in the history of the world. Her work transformed the lives of hundreds of millions of people across the globe, and they in turn are her living legacy.

We have always been honored to share our mother with people of good will the world over who believe, as she did, that there is no limit to the human spirit. At this time of loss, we feel overwhelmed by the gifts of prayer and support poured out to us from so many who loved her. We are together in our belief that she is now in heaven, rejoicing with her family, enjoying the fruits of her faith, and still urging us onward to the challenges ahead. Her love will inspire us to faith and service always.

She was forever devoted to the Blessed Mother. May she be welcomed now by Mary to the joy and love of life everlasting, in the certain truth that her love and spirit will live forever.

New White House Office of Olympic, Paralympic and Youth Sport

President Obama Announces New White House Office of Olympic, Paralympic and Youth Sport and the U.S. Olympic Committee Reaction


Office of the Press Secretary


June 16, 2009


President Obama Announces New White House Office of Olympic, Paralympic and Youth Sport


WASHINGTON – Today, President Barack Obama announced the formation of the White House Office of Olympic, Paralympic and Youth Sport. 


This permanent White House office will promote the values of the Olympic Movement and encourage increased youth participation in athletics.  The primary function of the Office will be to enhance awareness of the Olympic Movement through promotion of its fundamental principles at the federal level.  


President Obama said, “It is an important goal of my administration to give our nation’s children every possible tool they need to grow, learn and succeed in life.  A key part of this is increasing access to healthy, constructive activities like sports for our nation’s children.  Too many American kids – particularly those in urban areas – have no access to organized sporting activities. Sports are an important way to instill values, judgment and teamwork in our nation’s kids, and this new office reflects our commitment to giving all our children a chance to thrive.  As the International Olympic Committee moves forward with their selection process we hope that this new office can serve as a model for youth involvement worldwide.”


The White House Office of Olympic, Paralympic and Youth Sport will:

  • Recommend federal policies and programs to the President to enhance opportunities and access for youth participation in sport, with particular focus on youth in urban areas
  • Foster and encourage youth sporting, educational and cultural events involving Olympic values-based programs and the participation of U.S. Olympians and Paralympians

The Office will also work in coordination with appropriate executive departments and agencies, including the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services, to:

  • Engage in outreach to state and local government officials, nonprofit organizations and the private sector
  • Coordinate federal resources, and act as liaison to, any organizing committee for an Olympic and Paralympic Games hosted in the United States
  • And work closely with the United States Olympic Committee and national sport governing bodies to increase access and opportunities for youth to participate in sports. 

NBC to Re-Air 2008 Paralympic Games Special on December 6; DVD Copies of Special to Go On Sale

Phil DeMeo - U.S. Paralympic Team December 01, 2008

New state of the art APA reference on the International Encyclopedia of Rehabilitation

New state of the art APA reference on the International Encyclopedia of Rehabilitation

ISAPA 2009 - Extended deadline for abstract submission

The new and final deadline for abstract submission to ISAPA 2009 is 30 November 2008. This means that you and your colleges still  have plenty of time to submit abstracts.

Singapore Disability Clasification and Research Centre - new link!

Please visit the Singapore Disability Clasification and Research Centre, now linked in the Asia regional section in What is IFAPA? > Regions

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