Adapted Physical Education Services and Physical Education Resources

All students who receive special education services must receive instruction in physical education. Great physical education teachers, using curricula tied to national standards, employing appropriate and evidenced-based instructional practices, is foundational to adapting physical education for ALL learners.

Physical Education and COVID-19
Resources for teachers and parents helping students stay active at home. Physical Education and Health activities are essential to dealing with the pandemic for bodies, behavior and brains keeping us healthy, active and calm.

Benefits of Physical Education and Physical Activity: Research and Resources
The research is convincing. The best thing we can do for our brains and learning is to get students moving.


GWAEA Services and Supports for Physical Educators
Designed to meet the needs of  physical educators delivering instruction, specially designed if necessary, to ALL children ages 3-21 who receive special education services and are required by federal law to have instruction in physical education. NEW service! Physical education equipment check out and delivery.

Physical Education Resources
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) (2015), includes physical education and health education as part of a “well-rounded” education, which should be offered to all students. Iowa adopted the SHAPE America standards and grade level outcomes for physical education and health.
Multi-Tiered System of Supports and Physical Education

Universal Design and Inclusive Practices
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a research-based set of principles to guide the design of learning environments that are accessible and effective for ALL learners. Ian is a short film about playground inclusion.

Information for Parents
Physical education is essential to a student’s overall education experience and builds a foundation for lifelong healthy living.  The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA, 2004) requires schools to provide a “free appropriate public education” in the “least restrictive environment” including “instruction in physical education.”

Grant Wood AEA Physical Education and
Adapted Physical Education

Inclusive Practices

Rockwell Retirees changing students lives: Pay it Forward

Disability Awareness Activity Packet

Equipment Resources

Physical Education Equipment for Check-out

Equipment for Check-out and Delivery: Available to teachers in the Grant Wood AEA service area

Equipment is available for check out to support physical education programming. Differentiating instruction for diverse learners is easy when you have the right piece of equipment. Equipment in this collection supports inclusive physical education placements as well as adapted physical education classes. It can be used by all students for success.

Equipment in this collection supports inclusive physical education placements as well as adapted physical education classes. It can be used by all students for success.

Items available for check-out can be viewed online. Contact Ann Griffin for check-out. Items can be delivered to schools via the GWAEA vans.

Make or Innovate

This video highlights high tech and low tech equipment innovations.

High-tech equipment adaptations
Customized, high tech, switch activated equipment is available for check-out to teachers in the Grant Wood AEA service area. Contact Ann Griffin for check-out.

Designs for inventions and innovations can be viewed at the Rockwell Collins Retiree Volunteers website, click on Completed Community Projects, and headings for Games for persons with disabilities, Low voltage switches for persons with disabilities, and Mechanical actuators.

Low-tech solutions to inclusion: Toys from Trash
Many recycled or inexpensive items can be used to augment or adapt physical education equipment. Here are designs for some unique "toys" from trash!

Ball Suspender
Boomerang Ball
Bubble Recipe
Cooperative Catcher
Funnel Shooter
Juggling Thuds
Ladder Golf
Rectangular Ball Boxes
Stuffed Beach Ball
Tag Sticks Directions

No to Low Cost Ways to Promote Physical Activity

The "junk" equipment were prepared by Ripley Marston, professor of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services at the University of Northern Iowa.

Buy or Purchase at a Discount

AEA Purchasing facilitates a voluntary purchasing program to help Iowa schools save money. Combined purchasing power offers aggressive pricing. Athletic and physical education equipment is part of this program. Check these prices before ordering.

Professional Learning - Upcoming Events

SHAPE America National Convention & Expo

Grant Wood AEA Professional Learning