חדשות טובות - הספר "ספורט, אימון ונכות אינטלקטואלית" - פורסם
Dear National Program leaders,
Following the announcement of the launch of this project in 2011 it´s a pleasure for me to announce that the book “Sport, Coaching and Intellectual Disability” was published by Routledge on July 8 2014 and is available for purchase on the internet- e.g.http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sport-Coaching-Intellectual-Disability-Hassan/dp/0415735777. I would like to highlight the contributions from researchers and practitioners in National Programs and affiliated Universities mainly in the SOEE region but also in other parts of the World. A huge thanks to all who contributed. 90% of the chapters were written by people closely linked with the SOEE Regional Research Collaborating Centre (RRCC), the communication nurtured through the University of Ulster team. To name the countries from our region from which we received contributions: Austria, Poland, Romania, Israel, Greece, Serbia, Czech Republic, Northern Ireland, Turkey. Thanks for your good collaboration with the researchers in your country that lead to the contributions to this book. This is a great example of the benefit and outcomes from the RRCC and the cooperation with the University of Ulster. It showcases the benefit of collaboration among researchers and practitioners with interest in sport for people with intellectual disabilities across geographic and thematic borders.
I believe this is a publication of high value for anyone and in particular students inside and outside the of Special Olympics framework. We can all make use of this book as well in approaching sponsors, donors and other supporters as it underlines our impact evaluation, documentation and research expertise. This is a groundbreaking piece, the first of its kind, reflecting the great research done on subjects relating generally to sport for people with intellectual disabilities and to a large extend particularly to Special Olympics. Please see the Amazon introduction text below for further information.
I would like to address a special thanks to Professor David Hassan from the University of Ulster who lead this project and actually made it possible- he negotiated with publishers and raised interest of Routledge to take on this subject. I would like to thank as well the entire group of the University of Ulster driving this project- Dr Sandra Dowling and Professor Roy McConkey who are co-editors.
“There are more opportunities than ever before for young people with disabilities to participate in sport and adapted physical education. For example, there are more than 3.7 million athletes worldwide aligned to the Special Olympics organisation, with national associations active in more than 200 countries worldwide. Despite this rapid growth, all too often coaches and teachers lack adequate knowledge of the particular challenges faced by people with intellectual disabilities. The principal aim of this book is to improve the understanding and professional skills of coaches, teachers, practitioners and researchers, to promote awareness of successful programmes addressing the needs of such young people, and to challenge the prevailing myths and stereotypes surrounding their abilities.
With contributions from leading researchers and practitioners around the world, this book is the first to explore in depth the topic of sport and intellectual disability from a coaching perspective. Including both theoretical discussion and empirical case-studies, the book covers a full range of contemporary issues and themes, including training and coaching, family support, perceptions of disability, athlete motivation, positive sport experiences, motor development programmes, and social and cultural aspects of disability. Sport Coaching and Intellectual Disability is important reading for any student, researcher, coach, teacher, manager or policy maker with an interest in disability sport, physical education, coaching, or mainstream disability studies.”