Call For Proposals : Deadline May 7th : Innovations in School-Based Physical Therapy Practice

Call for Platform Proposals

Innovations in School-Based Physical Therapy Practice

Friday, July 30 &  Saturday, July 31, 2021 

Richardson, TX 

We are requesting proposals for brief, 15 minute presentations on topics of interest to school-based physical therapists for the 2021 Innovations in School-Based Physical Therapy Practice Conference. These may be special interest or research topics.  We would especially like to receive abstracts related to the provision of telehealth services.

Please send in the following information by May 7th, to Susan Effgen,

  • Abstract should include a title and description of the topic. This should be an attachment, no more than 250 words.
  • In the email (not on the Abstract), include the Name(s); Email address(es); Affiliation/Address(es) of the proposed presenters.

Call for APTA Pediatrics Annual Conference Proposals: Due 4/15

Now accepting education session proposals for the APTA Pediatrics Annual Conference!  Proposals are due by April 15, 2021.

Specific session topic ideas can be found on the submission page. You will need to create an account even if you have submitted previously. The conference will either be fully virtual or hybrid (part virtual and part in-person) this year - a decision will be made soon. Session proposals go through a blind review process. Members of the Conference Program Committee select sessions based on reviewer feedback, alignment with the call for proposals, and the balance of speakers and topics.

Statement from APTA Pediatrics on Violence Against AAPI

Dear APTA Pediatrics members,

The increasing incidents of violence and hate crimes against Asians/Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) or the pan-Asian community have been both disturbing and appalling. The Stop AAPI Hate advocacy group has recorded Asian-American hate incidents and discrimination, of which there have been a reported 3,795 cases this past year,1 and reports of Anti-Asian sentiment have increased by 1,900%.2 The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee and APTA Pediatrics condemn any such behavior (violence, bigotry, racism) directed toward any person based on their color, race, or gender. These events send a profound message to the community that the continued fight for equity and belonging is not over. We must stand as one people and face these ongoing adversities. Our committee charges everyone to take part in preventing hate crimes in your community by getting involved to create a safe and inclusive community. Listed below are resources and suggestions for involvement to help those you know who may be impacted by acts of racism.

In Solidarity,

APTA Pediatrics DEI Committee

Ways to help out:3

  • Check in with the people you know in the AAPI community.
  • Spread awareness on social media: Speak out against acts of racism, including online harassment, and stand in solidarity with the AAPI community. If you do not know what to say, consider reposting/sharing the work of AAPI activists. Please use the following hashtags that are currently being used by the AAPI activist community: #StopAsianHate, #TheyCantBurnUsAll, #ProtectAsianLives, #Racismisavirus, and #AsiansAreHuman.
  • Report hate crimes witnessed or experienced to the Stop AAPI Hate Reporting Center and/or your local reporting center.
  • Bring awareness of anti-Asian harassment without being anti-Black: While some of the incidents against the AAPI community have involved other people of color, it is not a time to pit one community against another. Instead, educate yourself and others about the policies, stereotypes, and histories that have increased white supremacist ideals against the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities.
  • Donate to community organizations that are advocating for these communities.
  • Support local Asian-owned businesses with compassion.
  • Speak up against racism and harassment when you see it.


Education Resources:

Allyship actions:

Reporting Resources:

Other Resources:

Save Chinatown Initiatives:

Other Area-Specific Resources


1 210312-Stop-AAPI-Hate-National-Report-.pdf (

2 The U.S. Is Seeing a Massive Spike in Anti-Asian Hate Crimes (

3 Anti-Asian Hate Crimes Are On The Rise Due To COVID-19. Here’s How To Help. | HuffPost

US Dept of Education Releases Guidance to States on Assessing Student Learning During the Pandemic

The US Department of Education is providing guidance to states emphasizing the importance of flexibility in administering assessments this year as a result of the pandemic and supporting the use of assessment data as a source of information for parents and educators to target resources and support, rather than for accountability purposes this year. Looking for more information from the Department of Education? Sign Up For Email Updates here.

COVID-19 General Resources




President APTA, Sharon Dunn address to membership

From National Health Law Program

You tube from APTA Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Section

COVID corner from the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of PT: General COVID information & resources, incentive spirometry, aerosolized activity and more

Information on incidence and severity of COVID 19 in children in the United States


Advocating for human rights for individuals with disabilities during emergencies

Alerts for pediatric conditions potentially associated with COVID-19:


APTA recorded webinar on advocacy and COVID-19. Provides an overview of some of the provisions included in the CARES Act enacted by Congress, as well as APTA’s policy recommendations for the next COVID relief package currently being formulated by Congress.

Listing of COVID 19 resources across all APTA academies and sections (May 6)




3/30/2020 COVID-19 Changes to HCBS Using Appedix K: Approval Trends

3/19/2020 Overview on Using Medicaid to Respond to COVID-19



Department of Education COVID 19 resources

Student Privacy Policy Office FERPA & Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) March 2020

CDC’s Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) Guidance for School Settings


National Center for Learning Disabilities: resources for students, educators and parents regarding the shift to online learning



You tube from APTA Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Section

Alerts for pediatric conditions potentially associated with COVID-19:


APTA recorded live webinar on COVID and hospital in/out patient services