What People with Disabilities Need
People with disabilities need:
- Exercise guidelines that are age and functional limitation-sensitive, to help assess how "fit" we are using appropriate standards and measures, fitness facilities we can get to, enter and use, integrated and convenient, not special or separate,
- Exercise facilities (YMCA's and other community-based fitness centers and programs) that are aware of and comply with their legal obligations under the Americans Disability Act,
- Exercise equipment that incorporates universally designed features so the equipment can then be used by people with a broad spectrum of strength and abilities without reducing the equipment's usability or attractiveness for all exercisers.
Everyone agrees that exercise and good nutrition is important, but helpful and specific information for people with disabilities in difficult to find. Although scarce, scientific and practical information does exist, it is poorly organized and spread over a wide range of disciplines. Answers that will help people with disabilities deal with these issues are needed. It's up to you to help fill these research, service and information gaps!