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Sports, exercise and intellectual disability

There is now ample evidence that people with intellectual disabilities have less opportunity to contribute to a healthy life by engaging in physical activities and benefiting from exercise. This state of affairs contributes to poor health, particularly with respect to the disproportionate number of people with intellectual disabilities who are overweight. This conference reviews research evidence on exercise for and the health of people with intellectual disabilities. Speakers will consider ways in which through engagement in sports and arts activities such as dance they may exercise and improve their well-being. In the context of person centered planning, the option to choose or reject an active life rises important ethical issues that service providers must confront if they are to ensure the well-being of those for whom they are responsible. The conference will consider the range of ability, including recent developments in sports activities for people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities.

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28 September 2006 14:00 to 21:00
Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London
Annmarie Blythe
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