The North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (NAFAPA) is the North American branch of the International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (IFAPA). It is an international organization dedicated to the promotion, dissemination, and application of research in the field of physical activity for the benefit of populations with disabilities or special needs and their families.

The primary aim of the biennial North American symposium is to disseminate innovative research to improve the health, education, and functioning of infants, children, and adults who have an impairment through physical activity and sport. An additional aim is to foster collaborative relationships between researchers across the United States, Canada, and other countries.

The 2018 Symposium theme is Individuals, Communities and Beyond: Promoting Full Participation and Well-Being for All



The International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (IFAPA) is an international scientific organization of higher education scholars, practitioners and students dedicated to promoting APA. The fundamental purposes of IFAPA are :

  • to encourage international cooperation in the field of physical activity to the benefit of individuals of all abilities,
  • to promote, stimulate and support research in the field of adapted physical activity throughout the world,
  • and to make scientific knowledge of and practical experiences in adapted physical activity available to all interested persons, organizations and institutions.

IFAPA coordinates national, regional, and international functions (both governmental and nongovernmental) that pertain to sport, dance, aquatics, exercise, fitness, and wellness for individuals of all ages with disabilities or special needs.


Oregon State University

Oregon State is an international public research university located in Corvallis, one of the safest, smartest, greenest small cities in the nation.

Founded in 1868, Oregon State is the state’s Land Grant university and is one of only two universities in the U.S. to have Sea Grant, Space Grant and Sun Grant designations as well.

With $441 million in external research funding in 2017, a second consecutive year of record-breaking growth, Oregon State accounts for more research funding than all of the state’s comprehensive public universities combined.

With 11 colleges, 15 Agricultural Experiment Stations, 35 county Extension offices, the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport and OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon State has a presence in every one of Oregon’s 36 counties, a statewide economic footprint of $2.371 billion and an impact that reaches across the state and beyond.


Corvallis, Oregon

Corvallis is nestled in the heart of Oregon's Willamette Valley, within 90 minutes of the Portland Metropolitan area, world class skiing, and the spectacular Oregon coast. Corvallis has a residential population of 58,240 and is home to Oregon State University.