The National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability promotes community health inclusion for people with disabilities. Kudos to them! I am thankful to have been part of their effort while working with Easterseals New Jersey, who was the lead organization in this national effort. We still have a long way to go to improve the health and wellness of people with special needs..
Last month's issue of the Disability and Health Journal published an article about the lack of programs for people with disabilities in health clubs.
In addition to physical access, health clubs need to offer fitness programs that are safe and effective. See this video to learn more about how ability appropriate exercise benefits people with disabilities. And ask me how I can help you to create one.
Some health club owners say there is not enough interest to justify offering a special needs program. I say, build it and they will come! We all have special needs of some kind. We ALL have bodies, and bodies need safe exercise that will minimize risks for injuries and promote best outcomes.