Creating Healthy Inclusive Communities
Originally published at: https://www.cdc.gov/features/building-inclusive-communities/index.html.
Creating opportunities for healthy, active living by people of all abilities is a priority as we plan our communities.
Since passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), communities have become more inclusive and people with disabilities have better access to buildings, transportation, and employment. However, there is still work to be done, and we all play a role in creating communities where everybody can thrive.
One in five adults in the United States have some type of disability, and many people will experience a disability during their lifetimes. A disability is any condition of the body or mind that makes it more difficult for the person with the condition to do certain activities and interact with the surrounding world. However, the way our cities are built and how we provide access to the places where people live, work, learn, and play can either strongly encourage or serve as a major barrier for people with disabilities to participate and be included in community life.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities is working with its partner, the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD), on a project called Reaching People with Disabilities through Healthy Communities. Through this project, five states and 10 local communities are working together to build healthy communities specifically designed to include people with disabilities and make sure they have opportunities for healthy eating, physical activity, and social participation.
Here is a video summary of their work:
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