Diane Craft, Ph.D., Professor, SUNY Cortland Physical Education

Diane H. Craft, Ph.D., Professor, is on the faculty of the Physical Education Department at State University of New York at Cortland where she teaches courses in elementary and adapted physical education. Since 1998 she has been promoting developmentally appropriate, inclusive physical activities for toddlers and preschoolers with and without disabilities. Toward that end, she has given well over 175 highly acclaimed presentations, workshops and keynotes on physical activities for young children to audiences across the nation. She has also co-authored four books on preschool physical activities including Active Play: Fun Physical Activities for Young Children. Craft is a past-president of the National Consortium of Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities. In 2005, she was recognized as the National Professional of the Year in Adapted Physical Education. A former elementary and high school physical education teacher, Dr. Craft is a committed advocate of inclusion. Craft is currently consulting with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the subject matter expert on Physical Activity in Early Care and Education.