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NCHPAD announces the release of the AIMFREE (Accessibility Instruments Measuring Fitness and Recreation Environments) Manuals. These manuals are a validated series of questionnaire measures that can be used by persons with mobility limitations and professionals (i.e., fitness and recreation center staff, owners of fitness centers, park district managers) to assess the accessibility of recreation and fitness facilities, including fitness centers, parks, swimming pools, and trails. Currently, the boxed set of 6 manuals is $125 (each is a 6" x 8.5" glossy, spiral-bound booklet) and a printed (unbound plain paper) copy of each manual is $10, please go to the NCHPAD webshop at http://www.ncpad.org/ShopIndex.
Available manuals include:
1. Fitness Center and Swimming Pool Accessibility - Consumer Version
2. Fitness Center and Swimming Pool Accessibility - Professional Version
3. Fitness Center Accessibility - Professional Version
4. Fitness Center Accessibility - Consumer Version
5. Swimming Pool Accessibility - Consumer Version
6. Swimming Pool Accessibility - Professional Version
- New Chapters to the ADA Tool Kit
The US Department of Justice has posted 2 new Chapters to compliment the existing ADA Tool Kit for Title II Entities. This represents the third and fourth installments to the Tool Kit which was originally introduced in December 2006. The two new chapters include information on general effective communication requirements, as well as 9-1-1 and emergency communications services (with corresponding checklists).
The ADA Tool Kit can be found online at http://www.ada.gov/pcatoolkit/toolkitmain.htm.
- Getting Students Involved can have Synergistic Benefits
The Lawn Care Assisting Device (LCAD) is a specialized device that was designed to make gardening more enjoyable and productive for individuals who use wheelchairs. The LCAD was developed within the context of a senior capstone biomedical engineering design course, Devices for Persons with Disabilities, at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering. Students choose projects based on problems presented by people in the community and design and construct a non-commercially available device, to fit a particular need presented by the chosen client. For more information on this course, please go to http://courses.pratt.duke.edu/bme260/.
For the full written report on the Lawn Care Assisting Device, please click on the following link: http://www.ncpad.org/449/2301/Help~in~the~Garden~~The~Lawn~Care~Assisting~Device.
- The Illinois Attorney General's Office 4th Annual Best Practices Awards
The Illinois Attorney General's Office 4th Annual Recreation Access Best Practices Awards, a program that recognizes businesses, organizations, individuals and government agencies that create recreation opportunities for Illinois residents with disabilities, will be accepting completed award applications until April 5, 2007. These awards are given as part of Recreation Access Illinois (RAI), Attorney General Madigan's ongoing, statewide effort to promote recreational opportunities for people with disabilities.
Public and private organizations, individuals, businesses and government agencies may qualify for the Recreation Access Best Practices Awards. Applicants are asked to submit details of activities, programs, facility upgrades, events and other initiatives that illustrate unique and effective approaches to accessibility in recreation. If you have any questions, please call Sheila Swann-Guerrero at 1-800-900-8086 (Voice and TTY), or for qualifications and nomination forms call the Northwest Special Recreation Association at 847-392-2848 (Voice and TTY) or visit the Attorney General's website at www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/rights/disabilityrights.html.
MONTHLY NATIONAL HEALTH OBSERVANCES
National Nutrition Month
For more information on the observation of March as National Nutrition Month, go to www.eatright.org or contact the American Dietetic Association at 800-877-1600 x4771. NCHPAD resources on a variety of nutrition topics can be found at http://www.ncpad.org/content/12/Health~Promotion~Nutrition. The week of March 5-9th was also recognized as National School Breakfast Week (www.schoolnutrition.org). See the NCHPAD resource on eating a healthy breakfast before school, go to http://www.ncpad.org/404/2217/Nutrition~spotlight~~2006-9~Issue~~Back~to~School~on~an~
Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness
The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation recognizes March as National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Education and Awareness month. More information can be found at www.msfocus.org/ or by calling 800-225-6495. The National MS Society roused specific awareness the week of March 5-11, and provides details at www.nationalmssociety.org or by calling 800-344-4867. For general information about MS and about MS and exercise, consult the following NCHPAD resources:
- Multiple Sclerosis - http://www.ncpad.org/70/520/Multiple~Sclerosis
- Multiple Sclerosis and Exercise - http://www.ncpad.org/155/1175/Multiple~Sclerosis~and~Exercise
- Multiple Sclerosis : Designing an Exercise Program - http://www.ncpad.org/156/1192/Multiple~Sclerosis~~~Designing~an~Exercise~Program
- Exercise for People with Multiple Sclerosis - Series I - http://www.ncpad.org/226/1500/Exercise~for~People~with~Multiple~Sclerosis~-~Series~I
- Exercise for People with Multiple Sclerosis - Series II - http://www.ncpad.org/256/1661/Exercise~for~People~with~Multiple~Sclerosis~-~Series~II
Awareness Month for Persons with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities
For more information, go to http://www.arcfc.org/mramonth04.html, or contact The Arc of the United States at 817-261-6003. This month, NCPAD's Video Corner features clips from a walking program for individuals with intellectual disabilities called "Walk Your Way to Fitness" at (http://www.ncpad.org/453/2305/Walk~Your~Way~to~Fitness). Other NCHPAD resources regarding fitness for persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities can be found at
- Intellectual Disabilities & Fitness -http://www.ncpad.org/120/931/Intellectual~Disabilities~~~Fitness.
- Achieving a Beneficial Fitness for Persons with Developmental Disabilities - http://www.ncpad.org/104/795/Developmental~Disability~and~Fitness
- Strength Training Video for People with Intellectual Disabilities: Lower Body Exercises - http://www.ncpad.org/334/1985/Strength~Training~Video~for~People~with~Intellectual~
- Strength Training Video for People with Intellectual Disabilities: Upper Body Exercises - http://www.ncpad.org/263/1694/Strength~Training~Video~for~People~with~Intellectual~
- Strength Training Video for People with Intellectual Disabilities: Warm-Up Stretching - http://www.ncpad.org/247/1618/Strength~Training~Video~for~People~with~Intellectual~