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ISAPA 2013

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The Association of Adapted Physical Activity was established in 2009 to improve the theory and application of adapted physical activity. The roots of establishment dates back to the "International Symposium on Adapted Physical Activity (ISAPA)" that was held in Rio Claro – Brasil on July 24-28, 2007. During this symposium, world renowned adapted physical activity pioneer, Dr. Laudine Sherrill supported Turkey's involvement into the "International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (IFAPA)" . The presence of Asian(www.asape.org), North American (www.nafapa.org) and European (www.eufapa.upol.cz) representation under the roof of IFAPA, and their united accomplishments has led to the idea that a similar structure would be beneficial in the Middle East. In the 2007 IFAPA General Assembly, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dilara Özer was elected to the IFAPA Board of Directors. Following the 2011 International Symposium of Adapted Physical Activity, Dr. Özer was appointed as the ISAPA 2013 Symposium President and Dr. Mehmet Ata Öztürk was elected as the Middle East Representative.
Since 2007, there has been a rapid increase in the number of faculty members participating in the association. An e-mail group is established under the name "Special Athletes" and more than 400 professionals and students are united in this group.
Membership to the association is useful in the professional development in an attempt to reach higher adapted physical education/activity quality standards. It would be possible to improve quality of life for individuals with disabilities and their families with better organization to apply scientific studies, evidence-based methods. A widespread professional association may support these efforts and to develop new state of the art applications.

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. IFAPA is linked with several other international governing bodies, including the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), Special Olympics International and the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE). English is the language used for IFAPA correspondence, conferences and the Computer Listserv.