Despite the benefits of physical activity, individuals with disabilities are not getting the same amount of activity and athletic opportunities as individuals without disabilities, says a new publication based on the proceedings of the Strategic Planning Policy Conference on Physical Activity for Students with Disabilities, which took place June 21-22. The publication promotes awareness of the importance of physical activity for people with disabilities, advocates for physical activity across the spectrum of disabilities, develops policies that are responsive to the needs of people with disabilities, and creates resources that are helpful for program development.
Physical Activity and Sport for People with Disabilities also contains an integrated strategic plan for the Inclusive Fitness Coalition (IFC) to advance school-based sports and physical activity opportunities for students with disabilities. The plan includes long- and short-term goals; target audiences; and activities related to advocacy, education, community organization/program development, and legal consultation and research.
IFC is a national coalition of more than 150 organizations dedicated to addressing the policy, environmental, and societal issues associated with the lack of inclusion and access to physical activity among people with disabilities. The conference proceedings were edited by APTA member Toby Long, PT, PhD, FAPTA.