The Children's Adaptive Physical Education Society (CAPES!) is an initiative that began fall 2013. Children with developmental disabilities (e.g., Autism, Down's Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, etc.) ages 5-12 and their families are eligible to participate. CAPES! is a collaborative effort between the Teacher Education and Health, Physical Education and Recreation departments housed in the Jerry & Vickie Moyes College of Education. James Zagrodnik, assistant professor of physical education, and Natalie Williams, professor of special education, serve as program directors.
Weber State students enrolled in Williams' EDUC 2010: Human Exceptionality course and Zagrodnik's PEP 3660: Adaptive Physical Education course participate in practicum experiences designed to enhance their knowledge, understanding and application of teaching and learning theories related to individuals with disabilities. CAPES! offers a combination of land and aquatic activities that assist with social interaction, balance, agility, motor skills, strength and fitness.
Sessions are held Tuesdays, from 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., throughout the fall and spring semesters in the Swenson Gym. We are delighted to have had so many children experience the wonder of our program and look forward to continuing this impactful journey for many years to come.
Our mission is to provide children with disabilities within the Weber community the opportunity to enhance their motor, social and cognitive skills with the goals of increasing independence and empowering them to become their own superheroes!
We value fostering a safe and fun learning environment where we break down the belief that disabilities are limiting while maintaining the goal of helping our participants reach optimal independence.