From the Information Specialists' Desks

We’re not really sure when summer ended and fall began. At NCHPAD, we have been incredibly busy over the past few months traveling, presenting, training, and growing. Here are a few recent events in which we had a presence, making the time fly by as it has. 

On September 23rd, we attended the United Nations High-level Meeting on Disability & Development, "Break Barriers, Open Doors." The purpose of the meeting was to reexamine the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and determine how to increase the inclusion of the over one billion people living with disabilities worldwide into MDG initiatives. One of the main focus areas was the disproportionately high rates of poverty experienced by people with disabilities, and how to lower and eliminate that rate.

In addition to the United Nations High Level Meeting on Disability and Development, NCHPAD Associate Director Amy Rauworth represented Lakeshore Foundation and the Inclusive Fitness Coalition at the UNICEF Headquarters for the Global Partnership on Children with Disabilities to discuss the rights of children with disabilities.  At the meeting, the Inclusive Fitness Coalition, along with representatives from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the Inclusive Sports Initiative, collaborated on a proposed initiative of a Task Force on Access to Health and Physical Activity.  The Task Force will promote mechanisms for cooperation and collaboration to enhance the understanding of inclusive health for children with disabilities by initially focusing on the reduction of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and the key role of physical activity.  This Huffington Post article discusses the UN High Level Meeting and also mentions the proposed Task Force.

From October 1st through the 3rd, we attended the 2013 Walking Summit in Washington, D.C. The event was hosted by Every Body Walk! and focused on how to continue to make cities and communities more walkable. We were grateful to be a part of such a wonderful event, and to have the opportunity to ensure that the topic of inclusion of all people in walking and rolling initiatives remained at the forefront of conversations and discussions.

You can see pictures from these events on our Facebook page.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities

Inclusive Fitness Coalition

The Inclusive Fitness Coalition is back and ready for action!  Join them for an Exploratory Webinar on October 15th from 11:30 a.m.  to 12:30 p.m. CT to discuss the re-engagement work that has been done to strengthen the Coalition including the new Framework for Action: One Vision, Four Asks.  Also, head over to incfit.org to check out the Coalition’s fresh, new look.   
This webinar is open to current and potential new organizational members.  Individuals serving or planning to serve on a workgroup are also invited.

Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2717812777157080578

American Public Health Association (APHA) Disability Section

The APHA Disability Section will soon be conducting their second year of student webinars.  The purpose of these webinars is to promote learning, to provide an opportunity for students to share their research, and to network with the leaders in the field throughout the year.

The webinars focus on disability and health, so all students within the disability section can participate. The webinar is sponsored by The Arc for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.  Previous webinar participants include academic teachers and researchers, students, doctors, dentists, therapists, Arc chapter employees, and state/local health department employees.

They are currently looking for students that would like to present their research this upcoming year. If you are a student or know of any students who might be interested in presenting, please let them know. Each presentation is 15 minutes long (three presenters per webinar) with five to 10 minutes of questions at the end.

Anyone interested in presenting contact Alicia Dixon-Ibarra at the contact information below:

Alicia Dixon-Ibarra--Disability Section Student Liaison
Oregon State University
PhD Candidate: Movement Studies in Disability
MPH Student: Epidemiology

APHA 141st Annual Meeting and Exposition

Speaking of APHA, the 141st Annual Meeting and Exposition is fast approaching. It will be held in Boston, MA, from November 2nd through the 6th. This event serves as the largest annual gathering of professionals from all areas of public health, with attendance easily over 10,000.

Are you going?  Members of the NCHPAD will be there providing resource information to all comers at Booth 429 throughout the entire Exposition. We would absolutely love it if you would come out and say hello. Learn more here:  http://www.apha.org/meetings/AnnualMeeting/

See you in Boston!

North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (NAFAPA)

The North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (NAFAPA) is the North American branch of the International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (IFAPA).  It is an international organization dedicated to the promotion, dissemination and practical application of results and findings in the field of physical activity for the benefit of populations with disabilities and/or special needs. NAFAPA has a coordinating function with international, national and regional organizations, both governmental and non-governmental, which are concerned with the scientific aspects of adapted physical activity, physical education, rehabilitation therapy, recreation, sport and leisure activities for persons with disabilities or special needs.

The NAFAPA 2014 symposium will be hosted by Dr. Dale Ulrich at the University of Michigan, USA from October 16-18, 2014.  This research symposium will involve the exchange of ideas, opportunities for collaboration, and directions for future research to advance the field of Adapted Physical Activity.

The call for abstract submissions and registration information will follow soon.  Please refer to www.NAFAPA.org for symposium details.

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