Martin Block

Martin E. Block

  • Professor
Currently Accepting Ph.D. Students

Office Location

Student Health and Wellness Building 340A
550 Brandon Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Biography

Martin Block has been at UVA since 1992. His primary area of research studies the philosophy of including students with disabilities in general physical education as well as the practical aspects of helping general physical educators include students with disabilities in general physical education. Some specific studies included determining the attitudes of children without disabilities towards peers with disabilities in general physical education and youth sports, the effects of a disability awareness program on improving attitudes of children without disabilities towards peers with disabilities in general physical education, and the use of teacher assistants and peers to facilitate the inclusion of children with disabilities in general physical education.

Block has created practicum opportunities for our students with our local public schools, the Virginia Institute for Autism, Little Keswick School, University of Virginia Children’s Hospital, Charlottesville Area Special Olympics, and the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind.

Block has conducted consulting work with Special Olympics, Inc., helping them create and implement the Motor Activities Training Program — a special sports program for children and adults with severe disabilities. Martin's service includes serving as past president of the International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (IFAPA) and past president of the National Consortium of Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities (NCPEID). Block also serves as the head coach for the Charlottesville Area Special Olympics' head volleyball and tennis coach.

Block is the author of A Teacher's Guide to Including Students with Disabilities in General Physical Education (now in its 4th edition) and the co-author of three other books on various sub-topics related to adapted physical education.

Education

Ph.D., University of Maryland, 1990
M.A., Ohio State University, 1981
B.A., Guilford College, 1980

Curriculum Vitae