Celebrating Abilities in Physical Education at NIU (CAPE NIU) program is an on-campus community-based program for any individual with a disability, ages 2.5 - 21. There are three groups in CAPE NIU including MEET for preschool age children, LEARN for elementary students, and GROW for secondary students.
The program was developed to provide NIU pre-service students opportunities for hands-on experience in working with children with disabilities as well as to offer individualized instruction to children with disabilities. NIU student teachers studying in physical education or special education have opportunities to teach fundamental motor skills, health-related physical fitness, dance, individual/group games and sports, and aquatic skills to children with disabilities. Assessments, visual schedule, lesson plans, individualized education plans, case studies, and progress reports are used to provide individualized instruction for each child.
For the fall and spring semesters, the program is conducted on Fridays. However, the program is held on Wednesdays during the summer semester. All activities take place in Anderson Hall on the NIU campus.
For more information about the CAPE program, see the CAPE page or contact Dr. So-Yeun Kim.