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  • IFC Aims to Promote Physical Activity Opportunities for Students With Disabilities

    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.   

    New Podcast: Student Loan Repayment

    Student loan repayment for physical therapists is 1 of APTA's legislative priorities to pursue policies to enhance the physical therapy workforce. One of the most prominent programs is through the National Health Service Corps, which is described in a new APTA podcast that outlines several loan repayment options that exist for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants. 

    A transcript of the prerecorded podcast is available on the podcast Web page.