CAPA 2020

Photo: Christine Stokkebryn
Photo: Christine Stokkebryn

About the Symposium

Over the last two decades, international clinical and scientific work has increased the understanding of the concept of participation, developed a range of suitable instruments for measuring participation and designed interventions to promote participation outcomes for people with disabilities. The CAPA 2020 Symposium “Capturing the magic – participation for all“ will showcase the current state of the evidence in the field of disability and rehabilitation and highlight clinical benefits and opportunities. Because the Symposium aims to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Beitostølen Healthsports Center (BHC), and Adapted Physical Activity (APA) is the primary intervention provided at BHC for enhancing participation in people with disabilities, the magic of group-based APA will have a special focus in the Symposium.

By bringing together nine Keynote Speakers, all leading researchers in the field, with emerging and other established researchers and practitioners, the Symposium will provide a forum for discussion of scientific development and clinical improvements in the field of rehabilitation for people with disabilities.

The Symposium will, in cooperation with the international scientific journal, Disability & Rehabilitation, publish a Special Edition, "State of the art of participation research", based on the scientific content of the Symposium. Symposium participants will be invited to contribute to writing articles for consideration for publication in the Special Edition. To facilitate this process, writing workshops will occur for small groups, organized around the themes of the conference and led by the Keynote speakers. These workshops aim to assist participants to work together to prepare manuscripts for submission for review.

Time will be allocated to visit and experience the rehabilitation activities that take place at Beitostølen Healthsports Center.


The Symposium Objectives
The participants of this Symposium will have the opportunity to exchange knowledge and skills that can promote optimal participation outcomes for those experiencing disability.

The core topics of the Symposium are as follows:

  • Participation- constructs, measurement, and interventions
  • Participation trajectories
    • Key lifespan transition issues
    • Factors influencing longitudinal outcomes
    • Lived experience of participationOrganizing health care services to support participation outcomes in the field of rehabilitation for individuals with disabilities.
  • Organizing health care services to support participation outcomes in the field of rehabilitation for individuals with disabilities.

Tor Erik Nyquist
Tor Erik Nyquist
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