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Online Resources by Area of Interest
Adapted Physical Education National Standards (APENS)
Why a National Standard for Adapted Physical Education?
Federal law mandates free and appropriate public education services for all children with disabilities. Subsequently, the law mandated that these services be provided by “qualified professionals”. The definition of special education within this law included the discipline of physical education.
APENS was developed by members of the National Consortium for Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities (NCPERID --- Now called NCPEID) Individuals who wish to become Nationally Certified Adapted Physical Educators (CAPE) will find our Web site to be a valuable resource in accomplishing your goal.
Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR)
The CIPR site provides descriptions, characteristics and educational implications of many specific diabilities. To find out characteristics of disabilities: Click on Disability>About Specific Disabilities>[a specific disability e.g. Autism]). In many cases it includes numbers of people afflicted. It also allows you to search individual state resources for a particular disability (i.e. Maryland).
IWAS: International Wheelchair & Amputee Sports Federation
IWAS was formed in 2004 following the amalgamation of International Stoke Mandeville Wheelchair Sports Federation and the International Sport Organisation for the Disabled. As the original founders of the Paralympic Games movement, IWAS has continued to provide its 65+ international members with competition and sporting opportunities to physically impaired athletes in maintaining its vision to "Inspire Worldwide Achievements in Sport".
National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD)
The mission of the National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD) is to promote substantial health benefits that can be gained from participating in regular physical activity. This site lists and defines numerous disabilities and contains info on sensory, social and behavioral considerations when working with a person with a particular disability. For each disability it provides exercise guidelines and physical activity schedules, and more.
National Consortium for Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities (NCPEID)
The mission of NCPEID is to promote research, professional preparation, service delivery, and advocacy of Physical Education for individuals with disabilities. “Links & Resources” (at top) will provide you an assortment of links to organizations, disability information, disability data (even by county), etc.
P.E. Central bills itself as the "premier site for health & physical education teachers, parents and students". Its goal is to provide the latest information about developmentally appropriate physical education programs for children. Includes over 1800 lesson plans. It also has assessment tips and a section on Adapted Physical Education, among other features. Navigate to the "More" drop down menu on the home page, then select "Adapted."
Disability Statistics (Cornell University)
This website gives statistics of those disabled by race, age, and general disability categories such as hearing, visual, cognitive etc., but not by specific disability such as Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, etc.
International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education
ICSSPE is the world’s largest network of organizations and institutions concerned with sport, sport science and physical education, accounting for millions of people. By fostering sport, exercise, education and health, ICSSPE contributes to the development of human society. The organization operates with the intention to investigate for a better scientific understanding of all facets of human movement; educate for a better quality of life and improved health for all people; and advocate for the benefits related to an active lifestyle and the ethical values inherent in sporting activity.
P.E. Central bills itself as the "premier site for health & physical education teachers, parents and students". Its goal is to provide the latest information about developmentally appropriate physical education programs for children. Includes over 1800 lesson plans.
SHAPE (Society of Health and Physical Educators)
SHAPE America (formerly AAHPERD) is the largest organization of professionals involved in physical education, physical activity, dance, school health and sport--all specialties related to achieving an active, healthy lifestyle. Its mission is to advance professional practice and promote research related to health and physical education, physical activity, dance and sport by providing its members with a comprehensive and coordinated array of resources, support and programs to help practitioners improve their skills to further the health and well-being of the American public. Also check out the Fact Sheet: Physical Education in Schools
Evaluating Web Content
You should evaluate websites carefully before using them for academic research. Although there is a lot of high quality information available on the Internet, it can be buried under a lot of useless stuff. Use these websites to help you sort out the good from the bad: