to the website of the Thematic Network "Educational and Social Integration of Persons with a Handicap through Adapted Physical Activity ". This European Network supported by the Directorate-General Education and Culture of the European Commission, will try to improve the integration of persons with a handicap by means of adapted physical activity and sports in all European countries.
In this way, this website should include all the information how in every country efforts are made to improve the integration through adapted physical activity.
This information should be directed to people with a disability
and motivate her or him to start up and continue a very active involvement
in adapted physical activity and sports. In this way each sportsfederation
for persons with a handicap should find a place on this website to announce
The second objective of this European Thematic Network is the improvement of the formation of experts in this field in which many initiatives were taken during the last years.
The foundation of the European Association for Research
into Adapted Physical Activity in 1989 in Brussels was a very important
step in this development. Thanks to this association, european experts
have created under the impulse of late Dr T. Williams the European Master's
Degree in Adapted Physical Activity coordinated by the University of Leuven.
In 1992, an Intensive Programme in APA has been set up by the University
of Brussels and since 1998 ISEF of Torino coordinates an European University
Diploma in APA. At the national level also many initiatives were taken
in each country concerning the formation of experts. This website should
make it possible to bring the information concerning all these formation
programmes together and of course should produce better programmes.
It should in this way contribute for improving the quality
of life of all persons with a handicap.
At the start of the website you will find the basic information about the thematic network, as well as the information about the first meetings in Leuven (Belgium) from February 17-20, and in Oslo, (Norway) from May 10-14.
Hoping you will share our enthusiasm in realising the objectives of this so important European initiative, we invite you to participate fully on it.
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