November 26, 2018

ISPRM Task Force on Physical Activity for Persons with Disabilities

Globally, 1 billion people live with an impairment that significantly alters daily function. Eighty percent of those with disabilities live in developing countries, where natural disasters and armed conflicts leave 3.5 million refugees and internally displaced people who survive with a physical disability annually. Despite the United Nations’ 2006 Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), we know that the right to physical activity and recreation is often denied people who live with a disability.

In response to this problem, the ISPRM is forming a task force (working title: ISPRM Task Force on Physical Activity for Persons with Disabilities). The aim of the task force is to use a human rights-based approach to study and disseminate up-to-date knowledge related to physical activity in this population. The team may examine issues such as accessibility, affordability, cultural acceptability and sustainability of physical movement for the millions of persons with disabilities.

The proposed task force will build on past ISPRM efforts and connect like-minded professionals to mobilize for change. We appreciate your consideration.

If you are a current ISPRM member, and have interest in joining this group, please contact Dr. Yetsa Tuakli-Wosornu on yetsa.tuakli-wosornu@yale.edu