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Exercise Science & Athletic Training - Adapted Physical Education Resources

The following websites are valuable resources for adapted physical activity professionals: 

ApensAdapted Physical Education National Standards 
The APENS website gives specific information related to competencies and knowledge needed by an individual who is recognized as a Certified Adapted Physical Educator (CAPE).

Adaptip is a service and online support site of the Center for Active Learning and Empowerment and a resource center of the International Federation on Adapted Physical Activity (IFAPA).

American Association of AdaptedSPORTS Programs

AAASPAAASP is a nonprofit organization that builds interscholastic sports leagues for students with physical disabilities or visual impairments in grades 1 through 12. They serve as the governing body, athletic association for these sports programs, and develops and operates statewide league programs and has developed a comprehensive training and certification infrstructure for AAASP coaches, officials, and coordinators, as well as physical activity professionals.

Camp Abilities 
The purpose of Camp Abilities at Brockport is to empower children with sensory impairments to be physically active and productive members of their schools, communities, and society in general. The camp also trains undergraduate and graduate students how to teach sports and recreation to children with sensory impairments.

Center for Motor Behavior and Pediatric Disabilities
Center for Motor Behavior and Pediatric Disabilities
The Center's mission is to conduct and disseminate basic scientific research to better understand the complexity of individuals with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and spina bifida and to utilize this knowledge to design and test innovative clinical services.

Council for Exceptional Children
CEC is dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and the gifted. They advocate for appropriate governmental policies, set professional standards, provide continual professional development, advocate for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and help professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.

Disabled Sports USA
Disabled Sports USAA national nonprofit organization offering nationwide sports rehabilitation programs to anyone with permanent disability. Activities include winter skiing, water sports, summer and winter competitions, fitness, and special sports events. Participants include those with visual impairments, amputations, spinal cord injury, dwarfism, multiple sclerosis, head injury, cerebral palsy, and other neuromuscular conditions. 

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
IDEA is the law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. It governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education, and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities.

International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity
IFAPA is an international, crossdisciplinary professional organization of individuals, institutions, and agencies supporting, promoting, and disseminating information about adapted physical activity, disability sport, and all aspects of sport, movement, and exercise science for individuals of all abilities.

Metro Association for Adapted Athletics

The purpose of this website is to provide online news and information about adapted athletic programs in Minnesota for coaches, fans, media, and league members. 

National Center on Physical Activity and Disability
The Center was created because the consensus that physical activity is a key to optimal health, that inactivity is a serious health concern for individuals with disabilities, and that people with disabilities are at a greater risk than the general population for developing secondary health conditions due to sedentary lifestyles.

National Consortium of Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities

The Consortium promotes research, professional preparation, service delivery, and advocacy in physical education and recreation for individuals with disabilities.

National Wheelchair Basketball Association
NWBA is recognized as the oldest and largest disability sport organization in the United States. They are a nonprofit organization serving as the national governing body for men's, women's, and youth wheelchair basketball.


This journal is a wonderful forum of sport, physical education, and recreation for those with disabilities. It is edited by Dr. David Beaver and Phyllis Beaver and provides a wealth of information for those interested in enhancing the active lives of individuals with disabilities.

PE Central
PECPE Central is the website for physical education teachers. Professionals interested in Adapted Physical Education will be particularly interested in the wealth of lesson plans and other instructional ideas.

This website is designed to foster healthy activity and healthy lives. It shares current information about physical education, wellness, health, and advocacy.
The site hosts a monthly page related to Adapted Physical Education.


Project Inspire
This website provides information related to individuals with disabilities, including instructional techniques, inclusion strategies, sport organizations, health and safety issues, and a parent page to assist with activities in the home and community.

Red Cedar

Camp Red Cedar
Red Cedar is a therapeutic horseback riding, swimming, camping, and recreation complex for disabled and able bodied children and adults, located in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Special Olympics

Special Olympics
Special Olympics is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive, and respected members of society through sports training and competition.

United Cerebral Palsy
UCPUnited Cerebral Palsy is the leading source of information on cerebral palsy and is a pivotal advocate for the rights of persons with any disability. As one of the largest health charities in America, its mission is to advance the independence, productivity, and full citizenship of people with disabilities through an affiliate network.

If you would like further information about the Adapted Physical Education program, please contact Kim A. Duchane at