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Why do we ‘Dis’ people’s abilities?

THIS YEAR marks the return of the acclaimed Disability Sport Conference at Coventry University. Following on from its success in 2012 and 2014, this year’s event has taken as its theme ‘Disability Sport: Why do we ‘Dis’ people’s abilities?’

Running from June 27 - 29, the conference will be held ahead of the Olympics and Paralympic Games in Rio, which are in August and September respectively.

Coventry University’s Centre for Business in Society (CBiS) is hosting the conference, which is chaired and organised by Dr Ian Brittain, a world expert on Paralympic and disability sports.

Dr Brittain explained: “We’re thrilled to be organising the Disability Sport Conference again ahead of the return of the Olympics and Paralympic Games this summer. This year’s speakers will include Dominic Reid, managing director of the Invictus Games Foundation, founded by Prince Harry, who will also be accompanied by a member of the British Invictus Games team. It’s a testament to the profile and influence of our event that such esteemed figures will be joining us to celebrate global disability sport.”

The conference, which is unique to Coventry, has previously attracted delegates from as far away as Nepal and Nigeria and speakers such Sir Philip Craven, president of the International Paralympic Committee.

The conference agenda will be based around four main themes; sport and health for people with disabilities; Paralympic legacies; disability sport for peace and development and disability sport and social inclusion.

In addition, this year CBiS is in the process of interviewing for a PhD studentship around the Paralympic legacy, Rio 2016 and the Invictus Games.

A full list of speakers and events will be available as soon as the full agenda is finalised.

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