Wednesday, October 19, 2022

9:00 - 9:45am MT

Keynote - “Got Game”- Empowering Others to be Consistent Peak Performers

  • Abstract: The last couple of years have been challenging for athletes with disabilities as they have dealt with isolation, disconnection from coaches, teammates, training, and the lasting emotional impacts of the pandemic. As adapted sport leaders and coaches, we want to provide our athletes with effective tools to not only empower them but help them employ strategies for consistent athletic performance. Learn about these mental strategies from one of the nation’s top sport psychologists.

  • Learning Objectives:
    • Learn tools and techniques from a neuroscience perspective to support your athletes in achieving peak performance.
    • Understand various strategies to help drive maximum performance from your athletes despite life’s distractions.
    • Tap into virtual learning techniques that you can utilize with your remote athletes to help them achieve greater performance consistency.


Roberta Kraus | Center for Sport Psychology

10:00 - 10:45am MT

Rest to Win! A Panel Discussion on How Rest and Recovery Can Actually Lead to Victory

  • Abstract: For many years, athletes have struggled to understand when they should push themselves and when it is wise to rest. Understanding this dynamic and how it affects performance is especially critical for athletes with disabilities. Hear from a diverse panel of sport science experts and Paralympic athletes as they discuss how preparation, rest, and recovery will not only lead to victory, but also keep athletes healthy for the long haul.

  • Learning Objectives:
    • Learn from experts in the field how rest and recovery, two critical elements in keeping disabled athletes physically healthy, will lead to the podium.
    • Hear the athlete’s perspective about the challenges of balancing health with high performance goals and how limited access to expertise affects that balance.
    • Learn about the future of sports science and high-performance training for athletes with disabilities.

  • Moderator: John D. Kemp, CEO Lakeshore Foundation


Cheri Blauwet | MD, Paralympian

Chuck Aoki | Paralympian, USA Wheelchair Rugby Athlete

Johan Latorre | MD, Coach USTA wheelchair tennis team

Stephanie Wheeler | Paralympian, Head Coach Women's Wheelchair Basketball at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

11:00 - 11:45am MT

Next Gen Leadership – Personal Perspectives, Why Disability Representation Matters in the Movement

  • Abstract: We all know disability representation matters, but how do we shift the paradigm so that adapted sport leadership actually represents the adapted sport community? The panelists will speak to critical aspects of advancing the adapted sport movement by making disability leadership representation a priority.

  • Learning Objectives:
    • Learn how the panelists crushed industry barriers and became role models for the industry leaders of tomorrow.
    • Gain understanding from disabled leaders on why this paradigm shift is critical to authentically represent the disabled population.
    • Put understanding into action – develop strategies for activating change in your organization to reflect the disabled population in key leadership positions.

  • Moderator: Ashley Thomas, Founder & Executive Director, Bridge II Sports


Ryan Martin | Director of Inclusive & Adaptive Sports, CUNY

Jill Moore | Inclusive Play Specialist, Landscape Structures

Dr. Oluwaferanmi Okanlami (Dr. O) | MD, Director of Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services, University of Michigan

12:00 - 1:00pm MT

CEUs WORKSHOP: Best in Class – Building a Deep Athlete Pipeline

This session content is CE Pre-Approved by NCTRC

  • Abstract: This expert panel will discuss the fundamentals of building successful sport programs from grassroots to podium, including identifying talent, recruiting athletes, athlete progression, and competition success.
  • Learning Objectives:
    • Learn how to recruit and identify athletes for your sport through strategic outreach initiatives.
    • Learn strategies for building a deep, skilled athlete pipeline for your sport programs.
    • Learn how to build and implement individual training plans for a diverse group of athletes.
  • Moderator: Mary Hodge, High Performance Manager, USA Para Powerlifting


Adam Bleakney | Head Coach, University of Illinois Track Team

BethAnn Chamberlain | U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing Emerging Athlete Coach

Keri Serota | Executive Director, Dare2tri

Thursday, October 20, 2022

9:00 - 9:45am MT

KEYNOTE: Building the Brand for Social Change Through Disabled Sport – Strategies to Activate Locally & Nationally

  • Abstract: The disabled community has recently seen positive shifts in awareness through global campaigns such as Wethe15. With LA2028 on the horizon, what can adapted sport leaders do locally and nationally to continue driving social change for equity in disability sport and the disability community?

  • Learning Objectives:
    • Learn strategies to implement in your local community utilizing disability sport to spur lasting social change.
    • Understand how to leverage global and national disability campaigns to ignite local opportunities for social change.
    • Learn how adapted sport leaders play a key role in leading momentum in the movement toward disability equity.

  • Moderator: Akilah Carter-Francique, Dean for the School of Education, Health and Human Services, Benedict College


Craig Spence | Chief Brand and Communications Officer, International Paralympic Committee

10:00 - 10:45am MT

Inclusive Brand and Product Innovation – Disabled Athletes Lead the Way in Expansion

  • Abstract: Big businesses like Nike, Walmart, and Eddie Bauer recognize that disability inclusion positively impacts their bottom line. They know there is an avid market for mainstream adapted sport apparel and gear. Panelists will share how disability inclusion and accessibility is more than just “the right thing to do”…it also leads to brand and product innovation and a loyal following in the disabled community.

  • Learning Objectives:
    • Learn how the adapted sport and disability communities can drive continued development of innovative and inclusive products.
    • Understand how big business can tap into the disabled sport community for innovative ideas.
    • Learn why it’s valuable for business to engage with the disabled athletes and leadership.

  • Moderator: Victor Calise, Paralympian, Director of Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Walmart


Megan Lawrence | Global Director of Accessibility and Disability Inclusion, Nike

Anna Johannes | Strategist Inclusive Design, Interbrand

11:00 - 11:45am MT

Adapted Sport and Economic Impact – Contributing to the Sport Industry Bottom Line

  • Abstract: Sport tourism organizations continue to reference this first-of-its-kind study as they look to enhance the accessibility and the disabled athlete experience in sport venues, events and accommodations. In its second edition, the Adapted Sport Economic Impact Report will highlight how the movement continues to pump dollars into communities. The adapted sport movement is more than a subjective feel good narrative – it is an economic driver that positively impacts communities and their bottom line.

  • Learning Objectives:
    • Learn how the adapted sport movement continues to drive economic impact across the country through its events and competitions.
    • Understand how to market your adapted sport programs beyond the ‘feel good’ narrative by understanding its economic value.
    • Learn how COVID has impacted the adapted sport industry and how your program/s can help your local community recover economically.


Dawna Callahan | Founder & CEO, All In Sport Consulting

Julie Chavanu | Stitch Marketing Research

Jon Schmieder | Founder & CEO, Huddle Up Group

12:00 - 1:00pm MT

CEUs Workshop: Equal Playing Field: Creating Inclusive & Accessible Sport Experiences for Disabled Athletes & Spectators

This session content is CE Pre-Approved by NCTRC

  • Abstract: Learn from experts in the field of planning accessible sporting events how to create inclusive and accessible opportunities not only for the disabled athlete, but disabled spectators as well. Attendees will gain an understanding of universal design and the specific event planning elements that enhance the experience for all in the disabled community, ensuring both a safe and welcoming environment. Learn from our panelists how they have worked with local and national leadership to fill key disability advocacy positions that can influence access and inclusion policy decisions from the executive level.
  • Learning Objectives:
    • Learn the key elements of planning and executing accessible and inclusive sport events for both disabled athletes and spectators that eliminate common architectural, physical and communication barriers.  
    • Learn best practices for creating inclusive and accessible events that go beyond ADA/legal requirements and incorporate universal design concepts that enhance everyone’s experience.
    • Understand strategies for creating an event committee of dedicated disability advocates who can positively impact access and inclusion policies from positions of influence.
  • Moderator: Dawna Callahan, All In Sport Consulting, Founder & CEO


Michelle Dusserre-Farrell | U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum, VP, Athlete Engagement

Natalie Sparrow | City of Los Angeles, ADA Coordinator for Pedestrian Rights of Way,