Plan Ahead (Mobility)
|With swing-away seats, transfer is not necessary|
- Do you have an accessible entrance (i.e. one that has no stairs, a wide doorway, is near accessible parking spaces)?
- Is your facility on a public transit route (e.g., bus, subway, train)?
- If you are looking for specific features or equipment does your facility have whatever you need (e.g., swimming pool, swimming pool lift, hand cycle-type ergometer, yoga classes)?
- Whom should I ask for when I get there (e.g., membership manager or front desk staff)?
During your first visit, you might want to know more specific details:
- Ask for a tour of the facility so you can learn the layout of the facility and see if there are any barriers. Look for any access issues (e.g., accessible restroom, showers, pool entrance).
- Ask about staff qualifications and training on adapting activities and working with people with disabilities to develop a fitness program.8
Choosing a Fitness Center. (2006). Retrieved September 21, 2007 from National Center for Physical Activity and Disability Web site: http://www.ncpad.org/308/1913/Choosing~a~Fitness~Center