2017 Breakout Session Preview

Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center: Planning for a State-of-the-Art Universally Designed Adaptive Sports & Fitness Facility

Learn how Ability360 built their facility, from funding, building, and program strategy. Utilize their experience to build an adaptive sports program of your own.

Adaptive Sport for Wounded, Injured, and Ill Military Personnel

Learn the structure and mechanism in place to service wounded, injured, or ill military personnel and veterans through transition units across all branches of service and emphasize the importance of adaptive sport for military personnel seeking reintegration to the community or return to active duty.

Adaptive Sports: Athletes’ Perspectives (Closing General Session Presentation)

Hear athlete perspectives on adaptive sports from a recreational athlete to a Paralympian.

Advancing Women and Girls with Disability through Sport: Strategies for Inclusion On and Off the “Field” of Play

Examine the history and impact of women with disabilities in sport to create programs to include and empower girls and women in sport.

Becoming a Coach in Adaptive Sports: A Personal Account of Starting a Thriving Adaptive Sports Program with the VA

Learn how to create an adaptive sports program for the VA, and how to focus on athlete development through archery and precision shooting.

Classification 101

This session will simplify the classification procedures and summarize the classes in all of the different Paralympic sports.

Coaching Adaptive Athletes

This course is designed to understand the basic fundamentals of how to coach adaptive athletes in track & field.

Coaching Archery: From Beginner to Competitor
& Archery Tournaments: How to Make Them Happen

This session will give you resources to help take your beginning archer to a more competitive level, and provide pointers on how to run an archery tournament.

Crisis to Crutches — The Discipline of Reporting

Gain and understanding of the framework that builds the money tree, empowering the life changing work of adapted sports: reports.

Executive Director’s Round Table

An active discussion targeted for Executive Directors or Key Leadership of Adaptive Sports USA Chapters, DSUSA Chapters, Paralympics Sport Clubs or entities strategically planning adaptive sport programming and events.

Please email Cindy at chousner@glasa.org topics or resources you would like to include for the roundtable.

Inclusion and School Based Sports

This session will look at how to get more students with disabilities to participate in school based sports.

Internships: Meeting Your Needs and the Needs of Students!

Learn best practices in creating an internship program, recruiting the best students, and maintaining professionalism in your organization.

Introduction to Sitting Volleyball

An introduction into the fast paced, challenging and unique sport of Sitting Volleyball.

Make the Most of Your Wheelchair Sports Equipment Budget

Learn how to assess your team members and identify the appropriate level of equipment for each to get the most from your equipment budget and provide optimal wheelchair sports equipment for as many athletes as possible.

Motivating Athletes to Achieve

This session will cover the basics of the psychological theories of motivation while also covering concrete ways you can use these theories to help motivate athletes in your programs.

Motivation Theories of Adaptive Sports and the Benefits for Athletes

By gaining the knowledge of the motivation theories related to adaptive sports, we can figure out the importance of participation.

National Classification Training for Track and Field


This 3-day course is developed to train medical and technical classifiers to become proficient in the assessment methods to determine if an athlete with physical disability meets the Minimal Impairment Criteria and to be able to provide that athlete with a Sport Class for Track and Field.


Prior to attending this course, participants will be required to complete the following three or four prerequisites:

Free Safe Sport Training

IPC Introduction to Para Sport (if not already completed)

World Para Athletics Classification Programme
The WPA Athletics Classifcation Programme requires that you complete the IPC introuction to ParaSport modules prior to completing the WPA Athletics Classification program.

U.S. Paralympics Introduction to Track & Field Classification
Email Deanne Fay at dfay@atsu.edu for access.

Please contact Sherrice Fox at sherrice.fox@usoc.org if you have questions regarding these prerequisites.

Rowing for All: Adaptive and Inclusive Rowing for Your School/Organization

This course will give an overview of how to begin with indoor rowing, with equipment adaptations used is a variety of settings, and create specialized or inclusive sessions and competitions.

School Inclusion in Sports — The Challenges and Successes

An interactive discussion will address the successes and challenges of the inclusion of students with disabilities in high school sports.

Sport Photography

This course will discuss how to work with and maximize photos and content of your adaptive sporting event.

Successfully Bridging the Gap Between Hospital and Community with Adventure and Resources

This session will enable you to explore various aspects required in building a successful outreach program for those with physical and neurological disabilities.

Table Tennis for Rehabilitation, Restoration, Socialization, and Competition

This session will afford evidence and supporting documentation about the possibilities that table tennis offers programs for the disabled of all ages, as well as off programming suggestions, activities, and execution for maximal results.

Taking Flight: Getting a College Adaptive Sports Program Off the Ground

A panel discussion will focus on the initial planning and development of an adaptive sports program at the college/university level.

Training Techniques for Ambulatory Sprinters

This session will provide the basic science and techniques that will take athletes from beginner to elite.

U.S. Paralympics: Gateway to Gold

This session will provide
an overview of U.S. Paralympics Gateway to Gold strategy and showcase sport-specific information including eligible impairments and how to engage athletes further in Paralympic sport opportunities.

Using the Orion Scoring System for Airgun Competitions and Practice

This session is designed to teach the basics of using the Orion Scoring System software.

Using the Water to Stretch & Move the Body…Let’s get WET!

Learn basic techniques to assist athletes in the water both swimming and moving in the water.



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