The organisers of ISAPA 2019 bring a practitioners programme to the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA, 14-18 June 2019!

The International Federation Adapted Physical Activity (IFAPA) is an international organization of higher education scholars, practitioners and students dedicated to promoting adapted physical activity. IFAPA coordinates the biennial International Symposium of Adapted Physical Activity (ISAPA). Recent host cities for ISAPA were Paris, France (2011), Istanbul, Turkey (2013), Netanya, Israel (2015), and Daegu, South Korea (2017). The last time ISAPA was in the United States was in 1991 in Miami, Florida.

There is a three-day Practitioners’ Workshop within the larger five-day symposium (see tentative schedule below). This workshop presents cutting-edge information within the themes of disability sport, unique programs, and autism. Practitioners can attend just the three-day practioners workshop and/or attend scientific presentations throughout the full five-day symposium.

Join us for three workshop days — or all five symposium days — at the special practitioners’ rate of $150.

Visit for information about registration, transportation and housing.

Dormitory rooms will be available for a very reasonable rate of approximately $60 single and $80 double. Two symposium hotels are offering a special rate of $169 per night for double occupancy. Both hotels are walking distance to the venue. There are many other hotels in and around Charlottesville that will work if you have a car.

Saturday, 15 June 2019

1:00 – 5:00 pm | Disability and Sport
• Ron Davis, Texas Woman’s University – Using Disability Sport in General Physical Education
• Peter Strauss, UCLA – Prime Time – Peer facilitated team sports

• Ken Black, University of Worchester, UK – Modifying Team Sports to Include Students with Disabilities in General Physical Education
• Cathy McKay, James Madison University – Using Paralympics School Day to Change Attitudes

Sunday, 16 June 2019

9:00 am – 12:00 pm | Special Olympics Mini Symposium
• Ray Roberts –Special Olympics International (Unified Fitness)
• Jenni Hakkinen – Special Olympics Eastern Europe (Unified Schools and Inclusive Youth Engagement)
• Val Reinford, Special Olympics Virginia (Champions Together Program)

• Ellen Anderson & Rebecca Ralston – Special Olympics International (Young Athletes) and Val Reinford, Special Olympics Virginia (Little Feet Meet)
• Rick Jeffrey, President, Special Olympics Virginia (SO High Performance Program)
• Martin Block, UVA – Motor Activities Training Program (MATP) for athletes with severe, multiple disabilities.

1:00 – 4:30 pm | Unique Programs
• Carrie Jean Elkins, Germany, Founder of Drums Alive, Drums Alive

• David Ludeka, PT, PhD, Fried Center for Advanced Excellence (FCAP), The Evolutionary Mismatch and Medical Exercise
• Jennifer Houston, Ph.D., Arizona State University/APE Specialist, Arizona – Modified Physical Education – Health Club Model
• Ann Griffin – APE Specialist, Iowa – No tech, low tech and high tech equipment solutions in physical education for students with severe/multiple disabilities

Monday, 17 June 2019

10:15 am – 12:45 pm | Autism
• Diane Talarico-Cavanaugh, Piedmont Regional Education Program, Charlotesville – The Theory Behind Using Visual Supports

• Christy Slone, APE Specialist, Fairfax County Schools, Virginia – Make and Take – Create your own Visual Supports
• Joann Judge – University of Southern Mississippi, Using Video Modeling in Physical Education
• Loriane Dos Santos Favoretto, Auburn University – ACEing Autism (tennis for children with ASD)

2:15 – 5:15 pm | Autism (continued)
• David Geslak – Exercise Connection – Using Visual Supports and Video Modeling in Exercise Programs for Children with ASD
• Andy Colombo-Dougovito, University of North Texas – Using Constraints to Teach Fundamental Motor Patterns to Children with ASD
• Martin Block, UVA – An Affinity-based Approach to Physical Activity for Children with ASD
• Emily Munn, Auburn University – I Can Swim (swimming for children with autism)

Download the Practitioner Session Flier – 1-11-2019