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Disability Sport Conference 2014

Event Overview

Disability Sport: Changing Lives, Changing Perceptions?

An international, inter-disciplinary conference for academics and practitioners.

Following on from the success of the first conference held in 2012 - Disability Sport: a vehicle for social change? - the Centre for International Business of Sport is hosting an international, inter-disciplinary conference for academics and practitioners. This conference will focus on the use of disability sport as a tool for peace, development and social inclusion.

We will continue to accept abstracts for poster presentations up to Sunday 31st August. We accept participant only registrations up to Wednesday 10th September


We are particularly keen to hear from representatives of NGOs and practitioner based organisations as a major reason for the conference is to bring academics and practitioners together and get them talking and, hopefully, collaborating.


Conference Themes

The conference itself will be based around four main themes:

  • Disability sport and social inclusion;
  • Sport and health for people with disabilities;
  • Paralympic legacies;
  • Disability sport for peace and development.



Possible areas for presentations include, but are not restricted to:

  • Inclusive sports programmes and policies (recreational/school/city/national);
  • Disability Sport as a tool for peace and development in post-conflict zones;
  • Sport as a tool for the rehabilitation of individuals disabled as a result of conflict;
  • Disability sport and its impact upon non-disabled perceptions of disability;
  • Disability sport and the Higher Education sports curriculum;
  • The potential economic and social impact of the London 2012 Paralympic Games;
  • Sport as a human right for people with disabilities;
  • Disability, sport and identity;
  • The impact of disability discrimination in the provision of sporting opportunities for people with disabilities;
  • Technology and disability sport: where does man become machine?;
  • Historical issues in disability sport and the Paralympic Games;
  • Media portrayals of disability and Paralympic sport;
  • The impact of sport on the health of people with disabilities;
  • The elite non-disabled sporting model and disability sport: impacts, problems and possibilities;
  • Marketing disability sport: problems and possibilities;
  • International perspectives on disability sport.

There will also be opportunities for posters and suggestions for workshops.

Keynote speakers

Sir Philip Craven, President of the International Paralympic Committee, and Kees-Jan van der Klooster have been confirmed as keynote speakers.

Event date:
Sep 15

15 September 2014

Event time:

Start time: 09:00

End time: 17:00

Number of days:

Days: 3

Event location:

Centre for International Business of Sport
The TechnoCentre
Coventry University Technology Park
Puma Way
Coventry CV1 2TT