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UPDATES & UPCOMING EVENTS
Mall Walking this Winter
Keep active this Holiday season by taking a walk in the mall! Mall walking is a great way to get moving. And, during the busy holiday season you can use it to get in your recommended physical activity while enjoying the mall's holiday decorations and music. Check out CDC's guide for mall walking, "Mall Walking: A Program Resource Guide", and check out our How I Walk campaign to rebrand the word walking. Let us know how you walk this winter by using the hashtag #HowIWalk on social media.
December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month
Prevent Blindness America has declared December as Safe Toys and Gifts Awareness Month. The group encourages everyone to consider if the toys they wish to give suits the age and individual skills and abilities of the individual child who will receive it, especially for infants and children under age three. This holiday season (and beyond), please consider these guidelines for choosing safe toys for all ages.
America Walks Announces 2016 Webinar Series
Series 1: Tools for the Field
There are a wealth of resources available to the walking movement. From webinars to toolkits to step-by-step guides, these tools provide the information and guidance necessary to take the first step on the path to a walkable America. Join America Walks as it looks at some of the resources available to the walking movement, hear from experts on how best to use them and learn from real-life examples on their challenges and successes.
Webinar #1: Livable Communities for all Ages
Thursday January 14, 2016 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific
Webinar #2: Pedestrian Planning for Communities: A Transferable Training Program from Kentucky
Thursday February 11, 2016 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific
Webinar #3: Exploring Tactical Urbanism
Thursday March 10, 2016 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific
Alabama State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (ASAHPERD) Fall Conference (video)
NCHPAD partnered with ASAHPERD, The Exercise Connection, and the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) on a pre-conference workshop to train physical education and health professionals on working with individuals with autism.
Greystone Elementary LiveFit (video)
NCHPAD partnered with Lakeshore Foundation to host a school assembly for a local elementary school about overcoming challenges through adaptation and inclusion. Students learned the meaning of these words and how to adapt three activities to be inclusive.
Walk for You
This month's Every Body Walk! Collaborative theme is Walk for You with lead partner National Physical Activity Society. The holiday season can lead to busy schedules, but we want to remind people to take time to walk, be physically active and stay healthy. Be sure to keep your eyes open for posted content with the hashtag #walkforyou.
Walking is a chance to reconnect with yourself – to meditate, think, or enjoy as you’d like. As the holidays kick off, take time to walk. Find ways to incorporate walking and an active lifestyle into your daily life.
Canadian Disability Participation Project
This website showcases Employment, Mobility and Sport & Exercise Teams, including Project Information, Resources and Publications, and team member profiles of the Canadian Disability Participation Project.
A couple of key features of the website include "A Get Involved" tab to facilitate community member and study participant involvement, as well as a “Newsletters” tab where you can find past newsletters and direct people to subscribe to receive future CDPP mailings.
If you would like to have information posted on the website or updated to reflect the current standings of projects, publications, recruitment etc., please contact the CDPP Project Coordinator, Adrienne Sinden firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inclusion by Design Impact Awards in Sport and Physical Activity
"Promoting innovation, access and inclusion in sport and physical activity for all"
The Physical Activity and Sport Task Force of the Global Partnership on Children with Disabilities (GPcwd) is launching the Inclusion by Design Impact Awards. The goal of this award is to inspire and share best practices that demonstrate excellence and innovation in their approach to achieving more inclusion for children and adolescents with disabilities around the world.
The innovations with the top three scores from the International Jury Panel will receive:
* First Place US $1000
* Second Place US $500
* Third Place US $250
The launch of the Inclusion by Design Impact Awards is intended to fuel the international reach of the Commit to Inclusion campaign that advocates for an end to the exclusion of children and adolescents with disabilities from all forms of physical activity and associated areas (physical education, sport, recreation, play).
Deadline for Applying: 31 January 2016, 12:00 PM GMT
Investigating the Perceptions of Existing and Newly Created Accessibility Symbols
We are inviting you to participate in a study “Investigating the Perceptions of Existing and Newly Created Accessibility Symbols” about current issues related to the perceptions about the familiarity and usability of existing and newly created symbols as they relate to accessibility and ease of use for people with and without disabilities in a variety of settings.
To participate in this study, you must be 19 years of age or older and participation in this study involves completing the survey in this link, https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PQLPCQW. Completion of the survey should take approximately 15 minutes. Your participation in this study is voluntary and you may withdraw your consent at any time by exiting the survey.
Your responses will be confidential. The list that links codes with programs will be stored separate from the data. Data will be reported in aggregate form so your responses will not be identifiable in any publications resulting from this research. Information identifying programs will not be reported in the results. By completing and submitting the survey you are giving consent for your responses to be included in the study.
The risks of this study are minimal and there are no direct benefits to your participation.
A summary of the study results will be available upon request. If you have any questions regarding the nature of the study or research procedures, please contact Elizabeth A. Barstow, Ph.D. at email@example.com or 205-975-7321. If you have questions about your rights as a research participant, or concerns or complaints about the research, you may contact the Office of the Institutional Review Board for Human Use (OIRB) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) at (205) 934-3789 or 1-855-860-3789. Regular hours for the Office of the IRB are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday. You may also call this number in the event the research staff cannot be reached or you wish to talk to someone else.
What is NCHPAD?
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