The APCAS – Cerebral Palsy Association of Almada Seixal, was formally constituted on 12th of January of 2011. It is a Private Social Solidarity Institution [IPSS] whose objectives are focused on prevention, empowerment, participation, social inclusion and support of people with cerebral palsy and their families, related neurological conditions and others. A global vision of the needs of the population with disabilities determines our steps and prioritizes our goals.

In this way, the APCAS promotes its intervention in the different domains of the sphere of action by the proactive defence of the inclusion of all people with disabilities, in particular with Cerebral Palsy and related neurological situations with motor impairment.

The realization of projects that cover different strata of society, with a view to achieving citizenship values in their fullness, appear as a step forward in inclusion, in a society truly for all. With a work directed at everyone, because when it comes to inclusion, we talk about working with everyone and not only with people with disabilities, it focuses on the development of projects that promote equal opportunities, with activities that have a strong impact on the community, since training,
sensitization, interventions in the context, transfer of materials, among other activities. A longitudinal work that seeks to intervene in diverse population groups, from the population with disabilities to students, seniors, teachers, coaches, families, etc.

APCAS, in its projects, values interaction, profitability, resource sharing and the dynamization of a broad network of partners, in order to foster collaborative and multidisciplinary work and to mobilize the various stakeholders for active and cooperative participation of individuals.

APCAS currently carries out projects at regional, national and international levels. It supports more than 90 families and, since its genesis, has developed activities that involved:

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young people with Special Education Needs (SEN) disabilities
schools/ institutions





Project, co-financed by the Instituto Nacional para a Reabilitação [INR][National Institute for Rehabilitation], for individuals over five years of age, which aims to promote a regular practice of physical activity in a competitive and/or recreational perspective. The Boccia School operates at a specific time per week.
The School of Boccia has:
38 athletes, aged between 6 and 45 years,
10 of which are included in the national competitions.


Project, co-funded by the Instituto Nacional para a Reabilitação [INR] [National Institute for Rehabilitation], which covers the school community of young people aged 10-18. This project has as main objective the dissemination of the adapted sports to the educational community in a prism of reverse inclusion, presupposing: demonstrations in diverse contexts, organization of tournaments of boccia throughout the school year, transfer of technical and human resources to schools, and development of awareness-raising actions for interested professionals. Since 2012, the project has involved 1793 teachers/ technicians and 26083 students (1932 with special education needs).


Project, co-funded by the Instituto Português do Desporto e Juventude [IPDJ] [Portuguese Institute of Sports and Youth], intended a new approach at the 1st cycle level (ages 5 to 10) and at the senior population level. The main objective is promoting the adapted sport by sectors of the community where the physical inactivity prevails, as well as valorising partnership and intergenerational solidarity behaviours. This project also provides demonstrations of the modalities in various contexts, formative actions and the dynamization of intergenerational tournaments. Since 2013, the project has had the participation of 2417 teachers/technicians, 30854 students (1622 with special education needs), and 2145 seniors.


In order to meet the needs of children under the age of six, the project A Jogar e Brincar [Play and Game], co-financed by the Instituto Nacional para a Reabilitação [INR] [National Institute for Rehabilitation] and with partnership with the University of Science and Technology of Lisbon. It aims to provide children with disabilities with the right to play, allowing them access to adapted toys to their interests and needs. In general, these toys are essential to the acquisition of cognitive and psychomotor skills that will serve as a basis for the development of diverse competences, which include sports. This project has more than 80 adapted toys distributed by schools and/or families.


Inclusive Dance, co-financed by INR and IPDJ, aims to foster physical and corporal expression and promote the concept of living full of positive and stimulating experiences for all. This project foresees the existence of weekly classes of dance and expressive movement, as well as several public presentations with the participating group. Currently, the project has 28 participants, including people with disabilities, their families, friends and volunteers.


In order to increase their quality of life, individuals with some type of physical limitations have been increasingly seeking access to sports activities. If, on the one hand, sports practice brings improvements on the physical plane, it is certain that it also brings them on an emotional level.


In order to broaden its field of action, the e-learning platform Todos em Jogo ( [All in the Game] was launched, accessible to all ages, whose purpose was to use the technological means for the dissemination, knowledge and sharing within the framework of adapted sports, in order to disseminate the diverse information available in this area accessible to all (individuals with and without disabilities, teachers, technicians, volunteers).


Project, co-funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, within the framework of the Active Citizenship Program – EEA Grants, which had the objective of creating and implementing an Adapted Sport Resources Center, in order to contribute to the development of adapted sport through the availability of materials, equipment, bibliography, technical training for teachers, coaches, referees and sports assistants. This project, since 2014, involved 28 schools, 1545 participants in and 241 teachers/ technicians.


Project, co-funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, within the framework of the Active Citizenship Program (EEA Grants), which promote the effective social and/or school inclusion of children and young people with disabilities through the use of mobile devices tablets. Each of the beneficiaries is provided with equipment and software adapted to their characteristics, in order to not only facilitate tasks such as allowing school work and reduce communication barriers.


Supported by Social Security Institute, IP-Centro District of Setúbal. The CAARPD provides a specialized service that assures the attendance, the accompaniment and the process of social rehabilitation to persons with disabilities and incapacity, residing in the Municipalities of Almada and Seixal, with recourse to psychology, social service, physiotherapy and psychomotor therapy. In this way, individual and/or group interventions are carried out, promoting the functionality and autonomy of people with disabilities, as well as enhancing their quality of life and social inclusion. It also provides training and support services to families or informal caregivers. In this service, 40 households are monitored.


Project, co-funded by the EDP Foundation, started in 2017/2018 aims to train and give new tools to teachers and other professionals of educational theatre, in order to respond to the training needs essential for a professional exercise that promotes equal opportunities and the active participation of children and young people with SEN. The intention is to develop: training actions in non-formal learning, adapted sports and alternative and augmentative communication.


NON4MAL 4ALL PROJECT, CO-FINANCED BY THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION UNDER THE ERASMUS + PROGRAM This project resulted from a partnership created between entities from different countries to develop non-formal approaches as tools to promote the inclusion of students with special education needs (disabilities, learning disabilities, social exclusion, refugees and migrants) in regular schools, peer groups and in the community. The countries involved are: Estonia, Hungary, Norway, Portugal, Romania and Turkey.


Project, co-financed by INR, in partnership with the Institute of Employment and Vocational Training, aims to promote the employment and job inclusion of people with disabilities through: information sharing; promotion of work networks; design of strategies and training; develop practical guides for clarification on the subject, in order to systematize the content and inform the different stakeholders.


Project, co-funded by the State Secretariat for Citizenship and Equality, aims to promote citizenship and inclusion as universal rights, fostering the active participation of young people, with and without disabilities, between 12 and 23 years in promoting the inclusive process and conditions of equal opportunities. Through non-formal methodologies, developed in a continuous and close manner, young people will be called to share experiences, to reflect, to challenge themselves and to contribute to a more just society. In addition, being the multidisciplinary development and the articulation among the most diverse community actors determinant, it is tried to train, to analyse practices and to capture agents of the society; with the purpose of developing a community network for inclusion, essential for the pursuit of successful inclusive practices. sports and alternative and augmentative communication.


The summer camp is a project co-financed by the National Institute for Rehabilitation [INR], which aims to: promote the participation of children / young people / adults with and without disabilities in recreational, cultural, sporting, therapeutic, expressive and educational activities; as well as providing new experiences to participants and promoting the inclusion of all. + info at: Campo de Ferias


DEFCON Poder is an online magazine co-financed by the National Institute for Rehabilitation that aims to: Alert the community to the barriers that people with disabilities face in their daily lives and that can be minimized by any citizen; and Addressing issues related to the inclusion of people with disabilities in an innovative way and with the involvement of the entire community. + info at: DEFCON


The Resource Center for Adapted Sport is co-financed by the Portuguese Institute of Sport and youth and aims to: Create and Implement a Resource Center for Adapted Sport on the Setúbal peninsula; Contribute to the development of Adapted Sports; Disseminate existing adapted sports offers at regional level; Monitor and support in technical terms the different professionals and teachers from schools, institutions and clubs.


The BIRD project, Integrated Resource Base for Sport, is a project co-financed by the Decathlon Foundation, which aims to: Implement an adapted and differentiated sports response for people with disabilities; Improve conditions for participation in the practice of sport and physical activity; and Promoting and developing social inclusion in and through sport.


Grow4You is a project co-financed by the National Institute for Rehabilitation [INR], which aims to promote the self-determination of people with disabilities, in the search and discovery of jobs in the labor market, as well as fostering an active role of inclusion in the training of companies.


CAVI aims to provide a service to support independent living for people with disabilities through the implementation of a Personal Assistance service. Thus, it aims to support people with disabilities to carry out activities that, due to their limitations, they cannot perform on their own. + info at CAVI project


Wheelchair slalom is a sport whose development is co-financed by the Portuguese Institute of Sport and Youth. With the implementation of Wheelchair Slalom, it is intended to promote regular physical activity with a competitive and / or recreational character and to diversify the regular sports offer for people with disabilities in the region.


Polybat is a sport whose development is co-financed by the Portuguese Institute of Sport and Youth. With the implementation of Polybat, it is intended to promote regular physical activity with a competitive and / or recreational character and to diversify the regular sports offer for people with disabilities in the region.


RaceRunning is a sport whose development is co-financed by the Portuguese Institute of Sport and Youth. With the implementation of RaceRunning, it is intended to promote regular physical activity with a competitive and / or recreational character and to diversify the regular sports offer for people with disabilities in the region.


Accessibility studies aim to provide families, services and other entities support to promote accessibility for citizens with disabilities, both in terms of access to public and private services, as well as in the household.


Project, co-financed by INR, IPDJ, Seixal City Hall and Almada City Hall; and with the partnerships of the General Direction of Education and Human Motricity University; has the High Patronage of His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Portugal. Two editions of 21 manuals were carried out: 1 general manual with topics related to adapted sport and 20 manuals of different sport modalities adapted – Handball, Athletics, Boccia, Canoeing, Cycling, Equestrian, Football, Goalball, Traditional Games, Amateur Fights, Swimming, Rugby, Wheelchair Slalom, Surf, Tennis, Table Tennis, Candle and Volleyball. In the first edition 200 copies were produced and in the second edition 5000 copies were produced, to be distributed from north to south of Portugal – Municipalities, 2nd and 3rd cycle schools, Secondary Education and Professional Education, Inclusion Resource Centres, Higher Education Institutions, Federations of the respective modalities, Development clubs in the DA, Portuguese speaking countries. In addition, the Competence Training Centre for Adapted Sport was created, in order to train the different stakeholders; and the e-learning platform was boosted.


Full Participation in Sport by Persons with Disabilities, co-funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus + Program, which will run from 2018 to 2020. APCAS is the coordinating body and has partnerships with relevant bodies at European level: Portuguese Institute of Sport and Youth, IP; The Association for International Sport for All (TAFISA); UNESCO Chair, Tralee Institute of Technology; Knowledge Center for Sport Netherlands (KCSportNL); European Paralympic Committee (EPC). This project focuses on promoting the full participation and social inclusion of people with disabilities in and through physical activity, sport for all and lifelong sport; through the development of a European Model for Inclusion. The aim is to prepare: guide to the analysis of good practices at national level in the field of inclusion through sport; guide(s) for the development of the European Model of Inclusion in Sport; guide(s) of intervention support material (adaptation and / or construction); elaboration of a common training curriculum; specific website of the project; guide(s) of actions promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities in the sports arena.

The valorisation of differentiating projects and a longitudinal approach, enable individuals with disabilities to increase their abilities and allow to promote, from an early age, the well-being and individuals’ quality of life, taking into account an approach that is as close to the context of the individual as possible (school, family, among others), contemplating all the niches of the community.