Adapted Sport Training and Certification - Practical Tools and Resources

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Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA) is the national leader in community based adaptive sports and has over 130 chapters around the U.S delivering sport programs for people with disabilities. For more than 50 years, DSUSA has been instrumental in assisting National organizations such as American Canoe Association, US Masters Swimming, USA Archery, PSIA-AASI, US Cycling, US Skating, and more to develop adaptive certifications, training and guidelines for including athletes with disabilities. This educational session for sports and recreation professionals includes training tools, standards and resources available for advancing their inclusive and adaptive programming, as well as take a look at further needs.



Learning Objective:

Explain 3-5 different adaptive sports training programs currently available and where to find them



Session Length: 20 minutes (Speed Session)


NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration.  The learning content is available for registration for three years from the date of origination.

Julia Ray

Programs Director, Disabled Sports USA

Julia has been working with Disabled Sports USA since 2003, getting thousands of individuals with disabilities, including youth and disabled Veterans active in adaptive sports. Julia oversees DSUSA programs, including partnerships with NGB's and other certifying agencies to advance adaptive sports. Recent partnerships and presentations in this area include USA Archery, US Skating, PGA of America and others.

Julianne Mills

Training and Education Manager, Disabled Sports USA

Julianne serves as Program Manager for DSUSA’s Adapt2Achieve program. She first discovered adaptive sport as a high school student volunteering at a therapeutic riding program. After completing a B.S. in psychology, Julianne pursued a career in equine assisted activities as a PATH International Advanced Registered Instructor. She also has extensive experience in volunteer management and piloted a mentor program to provide supported volunteer opportunities for adults with disabilities.

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