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European Congress of Adapted Physical Activity, Kerry, 6th-8th May 2012

03 January 2012
‘Putting Practice Based Research into Action’
Following a successful bid to the European Federation of Adapted Physical Activity, the Institute of Technology Tralee in conjunction with the CARA National Adapted Physical Activity centre & the Irish Sports Council will host the European Congress in Adapted Physical Activity 2012 (EUCAPA). This biennial European conference is a major gathering of stakeholders in the field of Adapted Physical Activity.
The focus of the conference will be the presentation of research and case studies which can inform day to day practice in relation to the inclusion and empowerment of people with disabilities in physical activity and sport. This event offers an opportunity to showcase the many innovative activity programmes in Ireland, at an international forum. This is the ideal event for Irish advocacy groups, national agencies and disability services to network with world leading academics and pan-European service providers. This conference will give you the opportunity to network with peers, present your work or learn from other experienced professionals, leave with new ideas, practical to-do lists, enhanced understanding and real practical knowledge as well as up to date approaches and research. This has the potential to create a more collaborative future resulting in an increased number of people with disabilities regularly participating in health enhancing physical activity.
The conference will follow four main strands: Adapted Physical Education, Adapted Physical Activity, Rehabilitation and Disability Sport. Presentations will relate to the full spectrum of disabilities including, intellectual, sensor, physical disabilities and mental health.

Keynote Speakers include:
Mary Davis: Regional President & Managing Director of Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia.
Dr. Donna Goodwin: University of Alberta. Current research explores the notion of disability as a social construction and the resulting impact of societal attitudes on participating in physical activity as it applies to persons with disabilities.
Dr. David Careless: Leeds Metropolitan University. Senior Research Fellow, Carnegie Research Institute. Much of his work explores the processes by which mental health, psychological well-being, and identity are developed, challenged or recovered in physical activity and sport related contexts.
Dr. Vicky Tolfrey: Director of the Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom. Research interests include disability sport, wheelchair propulsion kinematics, elite sports performance physiology, exercise testing and interpretation, training and performance.
Dr. Jennifer Harris: Director of the Interdisciplinary Disability Research Institute, University of Dundee and a visiting Professor of Social Science, King’s College, London. Previous research areas include investigation of the welfare needs and requirements of disabled refugees in Great Britain and studies of user and carer perspectives on health and social care services in England. 
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