Pictured at the conference are Theresa Leahy, Conference Director with Willie O'Dea TD, Minister of Denence and Mary O'Sullivan, Dean of College of Health Sciences and Education.
The Physical Education and Sports Science Department (PESS) at the University of Limerick and the Irish Sports Council are co-hosted an international conference, 'Insights into Adapting Physical Activity for Children and Adults with Disabilities', to focus both industry and academic minds on the issue of adapted physical activity for children and adults with disabilities. Two of the world's leading experts in this area, Dr Greg Reid, McGill University, Montreal and Dr Colin Higgs of Memorial University of Newfoundland addressed the conference, which took place in the Castletroy Park Hotel on Thursday, 27th March 2008.
Adapted physical activity is vital for children and adults with disabilities in order to improve their motor development, encourage their cognitive and language development, enhance their self-confidence and stimulate growth. Significant developments are continually being made within the realm of adapted physical activity and this conference has given Irish people with disabilities, their teachers, carers, service providers and members of the medical profession the opportunity to engage in debate and receive the most up-to-date research and development information.