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2018 Conference Program

2018 Business Meeting Schedule

Board of Director Meetings

Thursday, July 19th from 1:00-2:00 p.m.

2017-2018 NCPEID Board of Directors

Crowne Plaza Hotel: Mount Vernon Boardroom

Suzanna Rocco Dillon, President, Texas Woman’s University


Friday, July 20th following NCPEID Business Meeting (~ 5:30-6:30 p.m.)

2017 -2018 NCPEID Board of Directors Meeting

Crowne Plaza Hotel: Mount Vernon Boardroom

Dallas Jackson, President, Slippery Rock University


2017 – 2018 Board Members

President: Suzanna Rocco Dillon, Texas Woman’s University

President-Elect: Dallas Jackson, Slippery Rock University (PA)

Vice President: Megan McDonald, Oregon State University

Treasurer: Cindy Piletic, Western Illinois University

Secretary: Bethany Hersman, Wright State University (OH)

APENS Chair: Timothy Davis, State University of New York at Cortland

Award Chair: Katie Stanton-Nichols, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Historian: Ann-Catherine Sullivan, Norfolk State University (VA)

Research Consortium Chair: Tom Moran, James Madison University (VA)

Member at Large: Beth Foster, California State Polytechnic University Pomona

Member at Large: Jihyun Lee, San Francisco State University

Member at Large: Andy Colombo-Dougovito, University of North Texas

Member at Large: Iva Obrusnikova, University of Delaware

Graduate Student Board Member: Scott McNamara, Texas Woman’s University

Graduate Student Board Member: SriPadmini Chennapragada, Texas Woman’s University


NCPEID Business Meeting

Friday, July 20th from 3:55 – 4:55 p.m.

NCPEID Membership Business Meeting

Suzanna Rocco Dillon, President, Texas Woman’s University


Conference Schedule

Thursday, July 19, 2018


Thursday Afternoon

1:00 – 2:00: NCPEID Board of Directors Meeting

4:30 – 5:30:     Registration and Poster Set-up


Thursday Evening

5:00 – 5:30:                 Opening Remarks from the President

5:30 – 7:00 pm:           Keynote Address: Disability, Sport and Identity: A personal perspective

Ms. Candace Cable, Paralympian, Social Justice Speaker and Activist, Open Doors Access Inclusion Trainer, & Disability Consultant LA2028

Presider: Suzanna Rocco Dillon, NCPEID President


7:00 – 8:00:     NCPEID Social Inclusive of Poster Presentations and Open Bar

Poster Presentations

An Interdisciplinary Program for the Preparation of Adapted Physical Education Teachers for Children with Significant Developmental Disabilities, Jiabei Zhang, Western Michigan University

Body Image and Physical Education: Reflections of Individuals with Visual Impairments, Justin Haegel & Xihe Zhu, Old Dominion University

"I See That Flicker Of Hope" - Parent Perceived Barriers Related To Community-Based Physical Activity Programming, Andrea Taliaferro, Robert Posehn, & Emi Tsuda, West Virginia University

Effectiveness of Instructional Strategies on the Motor Performance of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Melissa Bittner, CSU-Long Beach; Lisa Silliman-French, Diane Myers, & David Nichols, Texas Woman’s University

Insights into Attitudes of Students during Integrated Service Learning, Ann-Catherine Sullivan, Norfolk State University

Impact of Variables on the Attainment of Walking in Children with CHARGE Syndrome,  Elizabeth Foster, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; Lisa Silliman-French, Kevin Becker, & David Nichols, Texas Woman's University

Parent Perceptions of the IEP Process and Physical Education Services, Benjamin Miedema & Alice Buchanan, Auburn University

Martial Arts Interventions for Children with Disabilities: A Systematic Review, Gianpietro Elias, Laura Prieto, & Luis Columna, Syracuse University

Presider: Jihyun Lee, NCPEID Member-at-Large


If you’d like to continue socializing beyond the NCPEID Social, consider taking your gathering to the Potomac Bar and Grill (in the hotel) or to the Sine Irish Pub and Restaurant Arlington (Pentagon City Metro exit).


Friday, July 22, 2018


7:45 – 8:15:    Registration

8:20 – 8:30:    President’s Welcome and Updates

8:30 – 9:30:    Free Communications (15 minute presentations 5 minutes for questions)

A Review of the Psychometric Properties and New National Norms on the Test of Gross Motor Development-3rd Edition: Future Research Needs. Dale Ulrich, University of Michigan; E. Kip Webster, Louisiana State University

Is there a proficiency barrier between fundamental motor skills and physical activity for youth with visual impairments? Ali Brian, Nancy Getchell, Sally Taunton, Adam Pennell, J. Megan Irwin, University of South Carolina; Lauren J. Lieberman, University of New York’s College at Brockport

The State of Adapted Physical Education on Outcomes of Motor Skill Development in Early Childhood for Children with Moderate to Severe Disabilities: Current Affairs, Early Intervention & Policy Change. Sally Taunton, University of South Carolina; Benjamin Miedema, Auburn University; Ali Brian, University of South Carolina; Alice Buchanan, Auburn University; Adam Pennell, University of South Carolina

Presider: Andy Colombo-Dougovito, NCPEID Member-At-Large

9:30 – 9:45: Mid-morning refreshment break

9:45 – 10:45: Free communications

Paralympic Skill Lab: Sharing the Vision of Inclusive Physical Activity in Collegiate Physical Activity Courses. Cathy McKay, James Madison University; Trevon Jenifer, Paralympian, Team USA Wheelchair Basketball

"Nothing about us, without us": A building session for using participatory design frameworks in adapted physical activity research, Andrew M. Colombo-Dougovito, University of North Texas; A. Josephine Blagrave, California State University-Chico

Developing Assistive Technology Through a University-school Partnership, Andrea Taliaferro, West Virginia University; Jack Teadore, Lisa Ruggieri, Kevin Killian, Sara Bressler, Anthony Izzo, & Robert Sarakin, Pascack Pi-oneers of Pascack Valley Regional High School District (NJ)

Presider: Beth Foster, NCPEID Member-at-Large

10:50 – 11:50: Featured Presentation

Social Media Concerns and Pitfalls for Adapted Physical Activity Professionals   JT Koffenberger, Delmarva Group, LLC (DE); Iva Obrusnikova, University of Delaware

Presider: Megan MacDonald, NCPEID Vice President

11:55 – 12:25: Invited Speaker

Advancing Inclusive School Policies at the State & Local Level   Eric Larson, National Physical Education & Activity Advisor, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Presider: Ann-Catherine Sullivan, NCPEID Historian

12:30 – 1:40: NCPEID 2018 Awards Ceremony and Luncheon

Presider: Suzanna Rocco Dillon, NCPEID President

1:45 – 2:15: Invited Speakers

Updates and Announcements from the Office of Special Education Programs   Sarah Allen & Louise Tripoli, Office of Special Education Programs

Presider: Dallas Jackson, NCPEID President-Elect

2:15 – 2:30: Mid-afternoon refreshment break

2:30 – 3:30: Invited Speaker

This is Still Not Normal   Valerie Williams, National Association of State Directors of Special Education

Presider: Suzanna Rocco Dillon, NCPEID President

3:35 – 4:55: NCPEID Business Meeting


5:30 – 6:30: NCPEID Board Meeting (2018-2019 board members)


Saturday July 21, 2018


7:45 – 8:15: Registration and conference updates

8:15 – 9:15: Featured Presentation

Professional Preparation in Adapted Physical Activity/Education: Practicum Applications Monica Lepore, West Chester University; Beth Foster, California Polytechnic University Pomona; Suzanna Rocco Dillon, Texas Woman’s University; & Cindy Piletic, Western Illinois University

Presider: Ann-Catherine Sullivan, NCPEID Historian

9:20 – 10:20: Free Communications

APA in Universities and Schools: Apart from or Part of the Main Stream?  Geoff Broadhead, Emeriti Kent State University

Recommendations for Graduate Training Programs in Adapted Physical Education  Chad Nichols, Martin Block, & Wesley Wilson, University of Virginia

Perceptions of OSEP Project Directors Regarding Entering the APE Teacher Preparation Grant Competition   Melissa Bittner, CSU-Long Beach; Ron French, & Lisa Silliman-French, Texas Woman's University

Presider: Bethany Hersman, NCPEID Secretary

10:2010:35: Mid-morning refreshment break

10:35 – 11:55: Free Communications

PRT-POWER (Progressive Resistance Training for EmPOWERment): Promoting Independent Performance among Adults with Intellectual Disabilities   Iva Obrusnikova, Haley Novak, & Albert Cavalier, University of Delaware

Home-based and Face-to Face Physical Activity Intervention for Children with ASD   Luis Columna, Laura Prieto, & Gianpietro Elias, Syracuse University  

Strategic Planning in Adapted Physical Activity Programming: Design Thinking Tools to Reorganize Community-Based Adapted Physical Activity Programs    Katie Stanton-Nichols, & Amy Oliver, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Assessing Civic Engagement and Service Learning of APE Practica Hours    Elizabeth Foster, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Presider: Andy Colombo-Dougovito, NCPEID Member-At-Large

12:00 – 12:30: Featured Presentation

The Need for Physical Educators to Teach Children with Disabilities: Findings from a Population-Based Stratified Random Sample of School Administrators   Justin Haegele, Old Dominion University; Suzanna Rocco Dillon, Texas Woman’s University; & JK Yoon, Oregon State University

Presider: Iva Obrusnikova, NCPEID Member-at-Large

12:30 – 1:30: Lunch

1:30 – 2:10: Emerging Scholars Symposium: Oral Presentations

Korean Immigrant Parental Views of Physical Education Programming in the United States    Seo Hee Lee, Suzanna Rocco Dillon, & Mary Amanda Stewart, Texas Woman's University

Perception Influences on Children with Visual Impairments   Alexandra Stribing & Ali Brian, University of South Carolina; Lauren J. Lieberman, State University of New York's College at Brockport  

Unified Physical Education Eliciting a Culture Shift    Matthew Patey, Ali Brian, & Lynda Nilges, University of South Carolina

Examining Physical Activity in Children on the Autism Spectrum from Service Providers' Perspective   Joonyoung Lee, Andrew M. Colombo-Dougovito, & Tao Zhang, University of North Texas

Dance for Children with Disabilities: A Systematic Review   Laura Andrea Prieto & Luis Columna, Syracuse University

Presider: Jihyun Lee, NCPEID Member-at-Large

2:15 – 2:50: Emerging Scholars Symposium Breakout and Mid-Afternoon Break

Breakout Poster Session along with mid-afternoon refreshment break

Presider: Megan MacDonald, NCPEID Vice President

2:55 – 3:55: Inaugural Address of the Last Lecture Series

Dr. Luke Kelly, University of Virginia

Presider: Dallas Jackson, NCPEID President-Elect

3:55 – 4:00: President closing remarks

4:00  NCPEID Annual Conference Adjourned



Keynote Speaker: Ms. Candace Cable

Candace Cable is grateful for her spinal cord injury in 1975 at the age of 21 that resulted in the use of a wheelchair for her to be mobile in the world. This type of mobility is responsible for her 27-year athletic career of 9 Paralympic Games appearances where she gained 12 medals in 3 sports, winning 84 marathons and becoming the first American woman to win medals in both the summer and winter games in 1992. All this has given her the “universally inclusive language” platform of sport, to create a second career speaking about how to uncork the necessary conversations about the need for social justice and human rights of people with disabilities to participate in our global humanity.

Candace continues those conversations as inclusion consultant and Chief Creative Officer for Social Cohesion Resources. She develops workshops, consultations and keynote addresses around the idea that understanding disability is an asset and critical for creating success and inclusion for all people to contribute and thrive in this twenty-first century global society. Candace provides insights to UNICEF’s global partnerships on inclusive education and adapted sport. She attends and contributes to the growth during the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities conferences.

Candace believes that spending time with disabled people is pivotal to create inclusion and she works as a universal access trainer with Open Doors Organization for the travel and tourism industries. She shares these messages hosting webcasts, created videos and writing a blog for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. Recently she was the acting director of Paralympic and Disability Engagement for the successful bid to bring the Paralympic and Olympic Games to Los Angeles in 2028 and is currently working on recommendations for education programs for the new LA2028 OCOG, the organizing committee.

Candace is a member and volunteers for the board of directors of the US International Council on Disability - USICD, the Southern California Olympian and Paralympian Association - SCOPA and the US Olympian and Paralympian Association - USOPA. She served as the Athlete Services Coordinator for 2010 Winter Paralympic Games in Vancouver Canada and as an athlete representative to the USOC Athlete Advisory Council for the term of 2012-2016.