Posts Tagged 'accessibility'

ADA Township Board Raises Awareness

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The township of Barnegat in New Jersey is probably one of few that has an Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Advisory Board. Barnegat, which has a population of about 20,308, is very proud of their ADA advisory board. The goal is to bring awareness of the advisory board itself and help members of the township.

Posted by Jenny Carlton Apr 22, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

An Invisible Separateness: An Editorial

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Our culture has introduced the idea of inclusion (age appropriate participation with our peers) for years.  Laws support it, schools teach it, and many advocates work tirelessly to bring the concept of disability awareness, inclusion, and participation into schools, workplaces, and general communities.

Posted by Kerry Apr 04, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 2 Comments

Getting Creative in the Fitness Center

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Because there is often a lack of inclusive equipment in community fitness centers, people with disabilities may have to get creative. More often than not, they must find ways to make use of the equipment that was not designed with their needs in mind. While having to find ways to use the existing equipment is not optimal, it may be necessary until more fitness centers provide equipment that is inclusive and accessible for everyone.

Posted by Carolyn Apr 01, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 1 Comment

12 What-Were-They-Thinking Accessibility Signs

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Are these handicap accessibility signs supposed to be funny or not? Here is a collection of 12 signs that make me wonder what-the-BLEEP-were-they-thinking.

Posted by Tessa Mar 22, 2011 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

Getting through the winter by planning ahead for your Summer Vacation!

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Just about this time, when it has snowed for the seventh gray day in a row, (in the third month of a gray and bitter winter) I start thinking nostalgically of summer. I have almost forgotten about mosquito bites and sunburn, and fondly recall the way I can just run out of the house without boots, hats, gloves, a ski parka and pashmina. Not to mention chapstick and a snow shovel to dig out the car. Those were the days!

Posted by Tanya Feb 17, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Should I Exercise Outdoors? And Can I?

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A systematic review recently published in Environmental Science and Technology looked at existing studies and reported that there are benefits to mental and physical well-being from exercising in the natural environment when compared to indoor exercise. The comparison showed that exercising in natural environments was associated with various mental well-being outcomes such as greater feelings of revitalization, increased energy and positive engagement as well as with decreases in tension, confusion, anger and depression. Participants also reported greater enjoyment and satisfaction with outdoor activity and stated that they were more likely to repeat the activity later.

Posted by Blythe Feb 16, 2011 Posted in Disability, Uncategorized No Comments

Books Without Barriers

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Reading is something we do practically every day. It’s hard to imagine that some individuals aren’t able to read a book simply because it’s not accessible to them. But for those with visual impairments and other disabilities, reading becomes an obstacle when print media are not accessible in specific formats.

Posted by Jenny Carlton Jan 28, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 1 Comment

Internet Access

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The Department of Justice is working towards broadening the authority of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in regards to the Internet, specifically websites. New data indicates that fewer people with disabilities are using the Internet compared to the general population. The main reason seems to deal with accommodation issues.

Posted by Jenny Carlton Jan 27, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 1 Comment

Accessibility in the Kitchen

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Just as I seem to be always preaching to other fitness professionals that there is a huge market out there for them if they would get training and experience (and market to) people with disabilities, I realized in researching this article that this really translates into other areas as well. For example, contractors should learn about and market barrier-free design and construction services, both commercially and residentially.

Posted by Blythe Jan 26, 2011 Posted in Disability, Uncategorized 9 Comments

Mobility and Social Inclusion for People with Intellectual Disabilities

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I recently saw an announcement that the Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities (JPPID) is issuing a call for papers focused on “evidence-based policy and practice related to mobility and transportation as a prerequisite for social inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities”. It makes perfect sense, though I don’t think many people realize, just how affected someone’s participation is in society by something that sounds as simple as getting around. 

Posted by Blythe Jan 19, 2011 Posted in Disability No Comments