North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity 2022

The North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (N.A.F.A.P.A.) is the North American branch of the International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (I.F.A.P.A.). It is an international organization dedicated to the promotion, dissemination, and application of research in the field of physical activity for the benefit of populations experiencing disabilities and their families.

Dear N.A.F.A.P.A. affiliates,

The 2020 N.A.F.A.P.A. Symposium has been rescheduled to October 11th to 13th 2022, at Brock University. This event is being co-hosted by the Brock-Niagara Centre of Excellence in Inclusive & Adaptive Physical Activity and  Faculty of Applied Health Sciences

Individuals who have submitted abstracts for the 2020 Symposium will be further notified by the committee. Abstract submissions will open March 16th, 2022, closing May 16th 2022. Submissions will be approved by June 1st 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact N.A.F.A.P.A. President Dr. Justin Haegele: or

We would like to thank Resolution Fitness and McLean Consulting Group for their generosity in sponsoring the 2022 N.A.F.A.P.A conference.

NAFAPA Abstract Submission Form

N.A.F.A.P.A. Call for Nominations for Awards

N.A.F.A.P.A. is calling for nomination and application for N.A.F.A.P.A. Awards.

The Patricia Austin Graduate Student Award is offered for outstanding graduate student research in adapted physical activity. The deadline for the award is on July 15, 2022. Please check the following website for specific requirements or contact Dr. Justin Haegele,

The Allen W. Burton New Investigator Award recognizes a new investigator who has begun and is very likely to continue making significant scientific contributions to the field of Adapted Physical Activity. The nomination is due on June 30, 2022. Please find the following website for more detailed information and requirements or contact Joonkoo Yun,

The Dale Ulrich leadership award is the most prestigious award offered by NAFAP.  The award recognizes a distinguished career of outstanding professional contributions to the field of Adapted Physical Activity. The nomination is due on April 30, 2022. Please review the following website for additional information or contact Dr. Stamatis Agiovlasitis,

Greg Reid Research Award. The Greg Reid Research Award is selected from poster presentation in the biannual meeting.

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

8:00am-9:30amArrival and Registration
Keynote #1: Tim Fletcher
11:00am-12:00pmStudent Proposals
Graduate Student Oral Presentations
Concurrent Research Presentations
Building Session
1:00pm-2:00pm Student Proposals
Graduate Student Oral Presentations
Concurrent Research Presentations
Building Session
2:00pm-3:00pmStudent Proposals
Graduate Student Oral Presentations
Concurrent Research Presentations
3:30pm-5:00pm`Student Proposals
Graduate Student Oral Presentations
Concurrent Research Presentations
5:30pm-7:00pmPoster Session and Exhibitor Fair
New Investigator Award

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

8:00am-9:30amArrival and Registration
9:30am-10:30amKeynote #2: Øyvind Førland Standal
11:00am-12:00pm“Welcome to my Gymnasium” (4)
“Welcome to Adapted Personal Training” with Jess Silver (Flex for Access)- pre-registration required
Student Proposals
Graduate Student Oral Presentations
Concurrent Research Presentations
11:30am-1:00pmAPAQ Board Meeting
1:00pm-2:00pm Student Proposals
Graduate Student Oral Presentations
Concurrent Research Presentations
2:00pm-3:00pmGraduate Student Oral Presentations
Concurrent Research Presentations
Building Session
3:15pm-4:15pmPat Austin Award Presentation and Lecture
5:00pm-7:30pmExperience Niagara Reception and Vendor Fair
Greg Reid Graduate Student Poster Award Presentation

Thursday, October 13, 2022

8:00pm-9:30pmArrival and Registration
NAFAPA Business Meeting
9:30am-10:30amKeynote #3: Meghann Lloyd
10:45am-11:45amConcurrent Research Presentations
Building Session
12:00pm-1:00pmLeadership Award Presentation and Lecture
1:00pmBoxed Lunch

Concurrent Research/Graduate Student Presentations

  • The format for verbal presentations is 20 minutes with 5 minutes for questions (25 minutes total).

Graduate Student Proposal

  • The format for student presentations is 10-minute verbal presentation with 5 minutes for questions/feedback (15 minutes total).

Welcome to My Gymnasium

  • The format for Welcome to my Gymnasium is a 25 minute interactive session in the gymnasium, to give a sample interactive class suitable for first-year students or a general audience. The sessions would generally consist of two components: a presentation of adaptive programming, inclusive techniques, and a discussion of the pedagogy behind the presentation.
  • Please consider the conference theme in your proposal
  • Start the title of your proposal with “Welcome to my Gymnasium” followed by the remainder of your title.
  • You will be provided a full list of available equipment for your presentation. An equipment request form will be submitted on your behalf 24 hours in advance of your presentation.

Building Session

  • These sessions are 60 minutes with 2-4 presenters. Make note of your session length. Presenters will create opportunities for open dialogue among researchers on significant issues in Adapted Physical Activity. A minimum of 50% of the Building Session must be dedicated to group discussion, break-out activities, or other forms of active participation that create an open dialogue among the audience and speakers. This verbal presentation will not have a moderator.

Poster Presentations

  • Posters are LANDSCAPE in orientation, with a maximum poster size is 40 inches wide (102 cm) by 36 inches tall (91 cm); posters larger than this dimension will not fit on the poster stands. Please arrive at least 10 minutes ahead of time to the scheduled poster session to hang up your poster. Authors will be expected to stand next to their poster for the duration of the session informing attendees about their research and answering questions when needed

Tim Fletcher

Associate Professor, Kinesiology
Brock University

Tim Fletcher is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Brock University, Canada. Tim’s research interests are broadly in teacher learning and self-study of practice methodology. His recent work has focused on how teachers learn to prioritize meaningful experiences in physical education. He is a member of the Self-study of Teacher Education Practice Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association, serves on the International Advisory Board for the journal Studying Teacher Education: A journal of self-study of teacher education practices, and co-authored the chapter on physical education teacher education in the forthcoming 2nd International Handbook of Self-study of Teaching and Teacher Education Practices.

Øyvind Førland Standal

Professor, Primary and Secondary Teacher Education
Oslo Metropolitan University

Øyvind Førland Standal is a professor at the Institute for Primary and Secondary Education at Oslo Metropolitan University. He earned his PhD in Sport Sciences at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (2009) with a dissertation on learning among wheelchair users in rehabilitation institutions. For a number of years, he was the program director for an educational program on physical activity and disability. Currently, his teaching is in the areas of Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, Phenomenology and Research Methods. Øyvind teaches at all levels of teacher education and, in the PhD program in Education Science. Throughout his career, Øyvind has been particularly concerned with teaching and researching inclusion in physical education, embodied learning and adaptive physical activity. His most recent publications include various topics such as theoretical work on embodiment in adaptive physical activity, didactics of health in physical education and the role of competition in physical education. He has also written the research monographPhenomenology and pedagogy in physical education.

Øyvind lives outside of Oslo with his partner, two kids and one dog. Outside of work, he enjoys skiing, hiking and running outdoors. He is also in the unpaid business of driving kids to various activities.

Meghann Lloyd

Associate Professor; Director of Kinesiology, Health Sciences
Ontario Tech

Meghann Lloyd, PhD is an Associate Professor at Ontario Tech University in Ontario Canada and the Director of Kinesiology. She earned a Bachelor of Kinesiology (Honours) degree from Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia and a Master of Arts degree from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. She completed her PhD at the University of Michigan in the Division of Kinesiology specifically within the Center for Motor Behavior and Pediatric Disabilities in Ann Arbor. Her expertise is in the fundamental motor skill acquisition of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is currently completing a 3 year motor skill intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Dr. Lloyd is on the editorial board of Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, she is also the director of the Motor Behaviour and Physical Activity Lab at Ontario Tech University and she is a Research Associate at Grandview Children’s Centre.  Dr. Lloyd was recently awarded the Ontario Tech University Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision in 2019.

Information on registration and fees

  • Early Bird: $190.00 students; $300.00 other (April 17 open- May 31 close)
  • Virtual: $150.00/ person (April 17 open until end)
  • Registration: $220.00 students; $400.00 (June 1 open- Sept 11 close)
  • Day of registration: $250.00 students; $450.00 other
  • Unwaged, pension, and other financial exigencies, please email

Hotel blocks are secured for NAFAPA Conference. Delegates should mentioned that they are part of the conference upon booking.

From Toronto Airport

  •  From Highway 401 West, take 403 South to the Queen Elizabeth Highway (QEW) in the direction of Niagara Falls.
  •  At Exit 49, turn onto Highway 406 and continue until you reach St. Davids Road.
  •  Take the St. Davids Road West Exit and follow until you reach Glenridge Avenue (the main entrance of Brock University).

From Hamilton Airport

  • Turn left on Airport Road. Turn left on Hwy. 6 (Upper James Street) and continue to the Lincoln Alexander Parkway (the ‘LINC’).
  • Turn east on the Lincoln Alexander Parkway which will turn into Mud Street.
  • Turn left on Hwy. 20 (Upper Centennial Parkway). Take Hwy. 20 to the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) east to Niagara Falls.
  • At Exit 49, turn onto Highway 406 (towards Welland/Port Colborne) and continue until you reach St. David Road.
  • Take the St. Davids Road West Exit and follow until you reach Glenridge Avenue (the main entrance of Brock University).

From Buffalo (Peace Bridge)

  • Cross the Peace bridge and then take the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) towards Toronto.
  • At Exit 32B, turn onto Thorold Stone Road West and continue through the Thorold Tunnel where the road becomes Highway 58.
  • Take the St. David’s Road West exit and follow until you reach Sir Isaac Brock Way.
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