Adapted PE Conference

Join us for the MAHPERD Annual Adapted PE Conference!


at Special Olympics Massachusetts
512 Forest Street
Marlborough, MA

There is parking at the facility

Friday, May 4th

2018 Adapted PE Conference Schedule

The registration deadline has passed. If you'd like to attend please email Maria Melchionda to be added to the registration list.

Adapted PE Conference Registration List


MAHPERD Adapted Teachers of the Year

"Amelia Riou Award"


John R. Passarini Ed.D.

John has been teaching 48 Years, (1970-Current). He was an APE/Gen. PE/Health – (Waltham Schools 1970-88); System Wide APE Specialist: Wayland Schools (1988-2004) ; (MAHPERD) Amelia Riou Adapted PE Award Winner – 1999; Adjunct Professor Salem State University (2005 – Current); APE Specialist/Consultant – Swampscott Public Schools (2013 – Current); (AAHPERD) Adapted PE National Teacher of the Year – 2000; (CEC) Council for Exceptional Children: Going the Extra Mile Award-2001; Disney Most Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award – 2003

He firmly believes that “Nobody is Disabled; we are all Differently-Abled.” He believes that teaching is not an hourly responsibility but a 24/7 devotion. His graduate students learn to understand and appreciate the theory of Adapted PE while learning to transform the theory into practice. He believes that “Ability” is on a spectrum, and where a student begins is not nearly as important as how much they improve. Effective and accurate assessment is an essential element of teaching APE, but one should never label the child, always label the condition.


Matt LaCortiglia M.Ed.

Matt is currently an APE Department Coordinator and teacher in Deaf-blind program at the Perkins School for the Blind. Matt has a Master’s degree in Education and has degrees within the concentrations of Physical Education, Athletic Training and Health Education. He is a resourceful, innovative teacher with 20 years professional experience in the field of Adapted Physical Education as a teacher, coach, and Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer. Dedicated to leading and cooperatively working with colleagues to provide opportunities for students to access and participate in activities that promote health, wellness and lifelong fitness. Matt strives to provide safe and enriching movement, fitness, and athletic experiences to enhance the life of children and young adults who are blind, deaf-blind or multi-impaired.

Matt was a recipient of the Amelia Riou~ MAHPERD Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award in 2015 and has served as Vice President of the Adapted Physical Education Division for Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. He has developed a planning model to develop games and activities for students with disabilities in the publication Run, Play, Move. He has authored over a dozen adapted physical education activities for the Perkins ELearning activity bank and has presented on topics related to adapted physical education throughout New England and Nationally.


Susan Brophy

Susan has an M.S., is a C.A.P.E. (Certified Adapted Physical Educator), and retired teacher of Adapted Physical Education (K-12) in the Chelsea Public School for the past 13 years. She has also worked in the Lawrence and Andover Public Schools for 17 years along with Heartland Area Education Agency (Iowa) and East Central Ohio Special Education Regional Resource Center. Over her 30+ years in the field of adapted physical education, Susan has presented over 100 workshops at local, regional, state and national conferences. She has co-authored the Heartland Gross Motor Evaluation and written several articles in the MAHPERD Journal. Susan has served on the MAHPERD Board for over a decade as a Vice President of Adapted Physical Education and Honors Award committee along with serving on two separate Massachusetts Department of Education committees for Certification.

Susan has worked at Camp Abilities at Perkins School for the Blind volunteering her time as one of the coaches of the ViStars Goalball team, served girls youth basketball and swim coach. She has her middle and high school students participate in outrigger canoeing in the spring at Access Sport America at the Spaulding Rehabilition Hospital.

Susan’s free time is spent with her family and friends enjoying collegiate and professional sports. She also enjoys gardening. She has received several awards and recognitions for outstanding teaching including the 1997 MAHPERD Adapted Teacher of the Year-”Amelia Riou Award” and is a recipient of MAHPERD’s highest award, the Joseph McKenney Award in 2016.


Donna McManus

Donna received the Amelia Riou Award in 2002. She is teaching Adapted Physical Education currently at the High School in Andover Public Schools. Donna officially retired in 2015 and was called back to teach the life skills class at the High School.

She graduated from Westfield State University and got her Masters from Wheelock College in Early Childhood Education.


Bill McGoldrick

Bill is an Adapted Physical Education teacher in Lawrence Public Schools. For the past 15 years, he has taught adapted physical education preschool to high school. He enjoys teaching children with disabilities and watching children explore and see the self-accomplishment of a job well done!

Bill received the MAHPERD Adapted Physical Educator of the Year~Amelia Riou Award in 2014


Below are the registration fees (lunch included).

Professional: $95.00
Retired: $50.00
Student: $50.00