The EUCAPA (European Congress in Adapted Physical Activity) Conference will take place in Killarney, Co. Kerry from 6-8th May 2012. The Conference, with its theme of 'Putting Practice Based Research into Action' will have a strong focus on national and international research and case studies which inform day to day practice in relation to the inclusion and empowerment of people with disabilities in sport. 300 delegates and presenters from 31 countries are expected to this truly intentional event with an impressive line-up of international speakers.
The event is organised by the Institute of Technology, Tralee with the support of Fáilte Ireland, the Department of Justice and Equality (who are funding the awards), the National Disability Authority, the CARA Adapted Physical Activity Centre and the Irish Sports Council. Topics will cover physical education, physical activity and rehabilitation services for people with disabilities.
Minister Kathleen Lynch, launching the conference at Leinster House on Friday 20th April said:- "Sport has the physical and mental attributes to improve the quality of life for all participants especially for the disabled for whom club and friends and social life combines with healthy competition in a favourite sport. It is, by its nature, inclusive of players and spectators, provides role models and excitement and a seamless participation in the social and cultural life of the nation be it local, national or international where success is measured by inclusion and empowerment as well as prowess on the field."
As well as impressive presentations there will be practical workshops allowing delegates to experience different methods of delivering a variety of activities in different settings e.g., inclusive football/ground hurling; adapted aquatics; self-defence for people with vision impairments. The full conference programme can be viewed on the conference website www.eucapa2012.eu