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  • White House Summit, Forum Focus on Health and Fitness for Americans With Disabilities

    A White House summit and research forum on improving health and fitness for people with disabilities included presentations from 2 leaders in physical therapy, and brought more attention to a national disability inclusion program that the APTA Student Assembly helped to promote.

    The 2-day program began with a White House summit on Monday, October 6, followed by a series of presentations from researchers the next day. The event was aimed at shining a spotlight on the "I Can Do It, You Can Do It" (ICDI) program, which seeks to improve levels of inclusion in activity, nutrition, and obesity programs in education settings from K-12 to university levels.

    The APTA Student Assembly has spread the word about the ICDI program, and several physical therapy education programs have become ICDI "Advocates," promoting the program's message of inclusion and better education.

    The October 7 research forum focused on looking at research gains and gaps in improving the health and quality of life of children with disabilities. Speakers included Diane Damiano, PT, PhD, chief, Functional & Applied Biomechanics in Rehab Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, and Alan Jette, PT, PhD, FAPTA, director of the Health and Disability Research Institute at Boston University.

    The event was sponsored by the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition, and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

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