What is Adapted Physical Education?
Adapted Physical Education is physical education which has been adapted or modified, so that it is as appropriate for the person with a disability as it is for a person without a disability.
Federal law mandates that physical education be provided to students with disabilities and defines Physical Education as the development of:
physical and motor skills
fundamental motor skills and patterns (throwing, catching, walking, running, etc)
skills in aquatics, dance, and individual and group games and sports (including intramural and lifetime sports)
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (1990) uses the term disability as a diagnostic category that qualifies students for special services. These categories include:
Deaf – Blindness
|Orthopedic impairment||Serious emotional disturbance|
|Specific learning disability||Speech or language impairment||Traumatic brain injury|
|Visual impairment including blindness||
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Anchorage School District APE Program
A diversified program of physical education having the same goals and objectives as regular physical education, but modified when necessary to meet the unique need of each individual.
Human Kinetics publishers provides many links to a variety of adapted physical activity sites. This is a great place to begin your search for information on adapted physical education.
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Web Site
This web site allows visitors to learn about this important legislation.
Internet Resources for Special Children (IRSC)
The IRSC Web Site is dedicated to communicating information relating to the needs of children with disABILITIES on a global basis.
Medical Library: Disabilities Resource Center
A collection of resources to help disabled people and their families learn how to manage thier disabilites.
National Consortium on Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities (NCPERID)
This site is maintained by the National Consortium of Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities. It contains information on the Consortium's mission, annual meeting, membership information, and an online copy of its newsletter, "The Advocate".
PALAESTRA (Forum of Sport, Physical Education and Recreation for Those with Disabilities)
PALAESTRA: Forum of Sport, Physical Education and Recreation For those with Disabilities, a quarterly publication, published in cooperation with both the U.S. Olympic Committee's Committee on Sports for the Disabled and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance's Adapted Physical Activity Council, is a valuable resource for consumers, their families, and professionals in the field. PALAESTRA, Greek for gymnasium or sports school, provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and information concerning adapted physical activity for individuals with disabilities. Whether your interest lies in sports or recreation, training or teaching; outdoor adventure or dance; national or international championships, there is always something entertaining and informative available within PALAESTRA.
PE Central is an excellent site that provides Physical Education teachers with ideas for games and lessons. It has a book store where various literature can be purchased. There is a specific site just for Adapted PE including some basic definitions and testing procedures.
This site is maintained by Special Olympics International, with information on sports offered by Special Olympics, links to individual state programs, volunteering, and other pertinent information.
This is a therapeutic recreation directory site, with links to many different topics ranging from activity and treatment ideas to workshops and conferences.
This is an interactive site that allows you to send an receive messages to therapists and adapted physical education specialists around the world. Messages are posted and archived so you don't miss any of the conversation.
Standard 1: HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
Standard 2: MOTOR BEHAVIOR
Standard 3: EXERCISE SCIENCE
Standard 4: MEASUREMENT AND EVALUATION
Standard 5: HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY
Standard 6: UNIQUE ATTRIBUTES OF LEARNERS
Standard 7: CURRICULUM THEORY AND DEVELOPMENT
Standard 8: ASSESSMENT
Standard 9: INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN AND PLANNING
Standard 10: TEACHING
Standard 11: CONSULTATION AND STAFF DEVELOPMENT
Standard 12: STUDENT AND PROGRAM EVALUATION
Standard 13: CONTINUING EDUCATION
Standard 14: ETHICS
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