Thu Dec 3, 2020 4:30 PM – 5:45 PM (Time zone: Eastern Time US & Ca)

UN DESA COSP13 Side Event 3rd December 2020

In this session, eight international experts from academia and practice will share best practices, research, and evidence demonstrating how Adapted Physical Activity (APA) helps create inclusive environments, enables the rights of persons with disabilities, and contributes to the CRPD.

Adapted physical activity includes, but is not limited to, physical education, sport, recreation, dance, creative arts, nutrition, medicine, and rehabilitation. The presenters will address adapted physical activity within mainstream and disability-specific settings and will discuss the range of adapted physical activity environments across the inclusion spectrum. The presenters will highlight the impact and outcomes of adapted physical activity and the global relevance for promoting inclusive environments in and through physical activity, recreation, and sport.

The session is hosted by IFAPA, an international scientific organization of APA higher education scholars, practitioners, and students.

David Legg, Mount Royal University, Canada
Eli Wolff, Disability in Sport International, Power of Sport Lab, USA

Opening remarks
Daniela Bas, Director of the UN DESA Division for Inclusive Social Development
Catherine Carty, UNESCO Chair Institute of Technology Tralee, Ireland

Martin Block, University of Virginia, USA
Omar Hindawi, Hashemite University, Jordan
Bridget Meyer, Halberg Foundation, New Zealand
Kwok Ng, University of Eastern Finland and University of Limerick, Ireland
Ogu Okey Charles, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria
Dilara Özer, İstanbul Kent University, Turkey
Cindy Sit, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Mey van Munster, Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brazil