On behalf of the NAFAPA Officers, I would like to invite you to participate in the 14th biennial research symposium that will take place at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

The theme of the 2018 symposium is particularly inclusive: Individuals, Communities and Beyond: Promoting Full Participation and Well-Being for All. The NAFAPA symposium is an opportunity for researchers, students, and clinicians to connect, learn, and share ideas that will shape the future of Adapted Physical Activity.

As we continue our efforts to promote the health and well-being of individuals who experience disabilities, the symposium is a valuable opportunity to disseminate findings and to inspire innovative research. Please join me in beautiful Corvallis to gather among peers and to celebrate our progress.


 

Joonkoo (J.K.) Yun, Ph.D.
Professor
College of Public Health and Human Sciences
Oregon State University

On behalf of the organization committee, I am delighted to welcome presenters and delegates from the Adapted Physical Activity research group in Canada, the United States and across the world.

Since the first conference at McGill University, Montreal Canada in 1992, there is no doubt that the conference has been the most significant research conference in adapted physical activity. Researchers and scholars have freely exchanged ideas and made a significant impact on our field. I, personally, have learned so much from the 12 NAFAPA conferences I have attended in the past. We are truly honored to host the conference and contribute to building the legacy of research that makes differences in the lives of individuals with disabilities.

The theme of the 2018 NAFAPA conference is “Individuals, Communities, and Beyond: Promoting Full Participation and Well-being for All.” We have invited outstanding scholars who conduct disability research, but may not have been a part of the North American Adapted Physical Activity family in the past.I am excited to hear their perspectives to carry the conference theme forward and also learn from different perspectives to build our future.

Engaging in scientific endeavors is always exciting, but we also hope you have time to enjoy the beautiful Willamette Valley, which is nestled between the Coast Range and the Cascade Mountains. I hope you have time to visit local wineries and microbreweries. October will be a fantastic time to enjoy the many running trails that Corvallis offers. Hope to see you this coming October.


 

F. Javier Nieto, MD, PhD, MPH, MHS
Dean
College of Public Health and Human Sciences
Oregon State University

Welcome to the 2018 North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity Symposium. I am welcoming you on behalf of the Oregon State University College of Public Health and Human Sciences and the Organizing Committee. It is truly exciting to invite adapted physical activity professionals to our town and Oregon State University Campus. It is a great honor to have scholars from around the world!

Our vision at the College of Public Health and Human Sciences is lifelong health and well-being for every person, every family, every community in Oregon and beyond. I am excited about the conference theme, “Individuals, Communities, and Beyond: Promoting Full Participation and Well-being for All” which is closely aligned with this vision. Particularly as an international scholar myself, I admire your objectives to represent and advocate for true participation and well-being for all members of a diverse community.

Our adapted physical activity program and professionals like you, establish evidence-based practices and programs that make lifelong healthy behaviors for persons with disabilities a possibility. I hope this symposium will enlighten you to innovative approaches to adapted physical activity and health and build collaborative relationships to expand opportunities to those with disabilities worldwide.

While attending NAFAPA 2018, remember to visit the historic downtown Corvallis or experience the many outdoor hiking and biking trails. Whether experiencing the town as a first-time visitor or returning alumnus, I hope that you are also able to enjoy all that Corvallis has to offer.