Service Learning in Physical Therapy Professional Education: Student Reflections of the Special Olympics FUNfitness Program

Stasia Tapley, Howell Tapley, Tiffany Idlewine, John Kiesel


The Special Olympics (SO) FUNfitness program involves a comprehensive screening for flexibility, strength, balance and aerobic fitness for individuals with intellectual disability (ID). Doctor of Physical Therapy students at Indiana State University administer the program yearly as part of the Indiana SO Summer Games. Thematic analysis of student reflections revealed increased awareness of individuals with ID, both beneficial and challenging aspects of the experience, and increased likelihood of working with underserved populations in the future.


Community Engagement, Underserved Populations, Intellectual Disability, Pro Bono

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