The goal of inclusive physical activity is not only to abide by the law, but also to provide and promote a successful learning environment that fosters a lifetime of healthy habits and sports participation for students with and without disability. Our goal is to highlight those schools who are doing this well, and to offer support and strategies to help those that are looking to improve in this area.
So who are we? The National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability is a part of the UAB/Lakeshore research collaborative. Lakeshore’s mission is to enable people with physical disability and chronic health conditions to lead healthy, active, and independent lifestyles through physical activity, sport, recreation and research. In addition to daily community programs, Lakeshore is also a U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Site offering sports science and training services for U.S. athletes as well as competitive opportunities for international teams and athletes with physical disability. The UAB/Lakeshore Research Collaborative is a world-class research program in physical activity, health promotion and disability linking Lakeshore’s programs with the University of Alabama, Birmingham’s research expertise. Additionally, the Lakeshore Foundation manages the Inclusive Fitness Coalition (IFC) (http://www.incfit.org/) which is comprised of over 210 organization and 900 individual members that support the inclusion efforts of people with disability across the lifespan. The Lakeshore Foundation implements the CDC-NCBDDD funded National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability (www.nchpad.org).
The benefits of exercise, physical activity, and sport participation are the same for all youth regardless of ability! Dr. Jim Rimmer, Director of the UAB/ Lakeshore Research Collaborative, states, “Inclusion in athletics is how children learn from each other, build social skills and optimize their growth and development.” Physical activity is also key in addressing the obesity epidemic, which is especially problematic for individuals with disability. Therefore, it is obvious physical activity can play a major role in the lives of all students, both now and in the future. You can help shape the lives of students with disability by helping them become active and independent. Inclusion matters.
“Inclusion is the practice of ensuring that every individual is safely and successfully integrated into an activity through modifying the environment to meet individual needs.”
Lisa Hilborn - Certified Adapted Physical Educator
Here is all you need to know about the 504 contest.
Here are the three different ways to win:
- Schools can enter to win $500 towards their physical education or after school sports programs. Just tell us how your school promotes inclusion in being active and healthy by showing us how you are doing it right and why you deserve to win. Send us a non-professional video no longer than four minutes on how you are being inclusive in your health and wellness programs and activities.
- Need some help when it comes to 504, inclusion and physical activity at your school? Then we have a contest for you, too! If you know your school needs to be more inclusive but are not quite sure how, then your school could win a free inclusion training. Submit a video showing us how you need help and we will come to the top three schools chosen and provide this training at no cost.
- Interested in some SWAG for your classroom? Show one of our 504 videos at your school, then Tweet or Instagram a picture of it to @NCHPAD with the hashtag #LetMePlay. We will select one video each week between March 10th and May 11th to win some sweet swag.
Don’t forget the contest starts March 10th and runs through May 11th and all submissions will need to be received by then.
If you have any questions about the contest, email Kelly Bonner at Kellyb@lakeshore.org.
For this promotional contest, NCHPAD has partnered with the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH). Monetary funding for this contest is provided by Lakeshore Foundation. This campaign was made possible through the Alabama Department of Public Health CDC-RFA-DD12-1204 and the National Center on Health Physical Activity and Disability Grant Number U59DD000906 from the Centers for Disease Control.
What does inclusion look like in your school?
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Monetary funding provided by Lakeshore Foundation. This campaign was made possible through the Alabama Department of Public Health CDC-RFA-DD12-1204 and the National Center on Health Physical Activity and Disability Grant Number U59DD000906 from the Centers for Disease Control.