ABOUT US

The North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (NAFAPA) is an international organization dedicated to the promotion, dissemination and practical application of results and findings in the field of physical activity for the benefit of populations with disabilities and/or special needs.

 

NAFAPA is a branch of the International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (IFAPA), and has a coordinating function with international, national and regional organizations, both governmental and non-governmental, which are concerned with the scientific aspects of adapted physical activity, physical education, rehabilitation therapy, recreation, sport and leisure activities for persons with disabilities or special needs.​

HEADLINES:
Please Spare a Moment to Take Surveys from NCHPAD for Parent and Administrators
The National Center on Health Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) is conducting two surveys. The surveys will close on Oct. 8th.
The first survey is to gather information about the needs of parents of students with disabilities around schooling during the current COVID-19 health situation. This survey will help us understand the needs of parents of students with disabilities who receive services through schools. To begin the survey, please click the link below. 
https://uab.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9sDuULZ9414k5IV

 

The second survey to gather information from administrators about the needs of their school’s adapted physical education program. This survey will help us to create resources, training, and other materials that are specific to the administrator’s needs to support inclusive programs. To begin the survey, please click the link below. 

https://uab.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5gOJ6MvgmUQtRKB

Nominations for Officer Positions
The NAFAPA Board is soliciting nominations for the following Officer positions: President-Elect, Secretary, NAFAPA Representative to IFAPA, and 4 Student Representatives, for 2-year term between 2020 and 2022. 
Please send any nominations (including self-nominations) to Emily Bremer (emily.bremer@utoronto.ca) by Friday, September 4th. Please include the name, title, and institutional affiliation of all nominees. 
Please find more information in the attachment:  
30th Anniversary of the American Disability Act (ADA 30) Speaker Series
NAFAPA is a proud co-sponsor of a series of conversations in recognition of the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act! 
The first speaker was Ann Cody with topics on the intersection of inclusion, integration, and disability identity in sport and physical activity. Here is the link to the recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdikmf5kjQ8
We will further update on the next ADA30 Inclusion in Sport and Physical Activity Conversation.
If you want to read more about the ADA30, find more information on the following link: 
https://messaging-custom-newsletters.nytimes.com/template/oakv2?
 
Program Highlights for the Institude of Movement Studies for Individuals with Visual Impairments and deafblindness (IMSVI)
The IMSVI provides leadership, education, and research opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students in adapted physical education, Kinesiology, and other disciplines.

To learn more about the IMSVI, please visit their official website and watch an introduction video that highlights the IMSVI's work/programs.  

Official Website: https://brockport.edu/academics/imsvi/

Introduction to IMSVI: https://drive.google.com/file/d/14H_w5L9ck1HObq-yxaAfT1UROfKmm5Cv/view

Call for Inclusive Excercise Professionals
At a global scale, the COVID-19 outbreak is affecting our daily lives. The UNESCO Chair in "Transforming the Lives of People
with Disabilities, their Families and Communities, Through Physical Education, Sport, Recreation and Fitness" is mobilizing the global APA community to develop some online videos for home-based exercise for PWD and chronic conditions.

The team is looking for inclusive exercise professionals! Find more information on the following link: 

https://ifapa.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Flyer_UFIT-Call-for-Instructors.pdf

https://justdoufit.com/ufit-homexercise/

 
Virtual Symposium for the NAFAPA 2020
The Symposium organizers and Board members are currently working on a virtual symposium set up for the NAFAPA 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the short term, the board members will update the details of moving forward. 
Bylaws
The NAFAPA board published a revised version of the bylaws. 
 
EVENTS

There is no upcoming event at this moment