I was browsing through some headlines today and noticed a theme I usually don’t see… There were several articles that discussed the inaccessibility of fitness equipment for people with disabilities and ways that things are starting to change (check out two articles here and here). This has become a fairly hot topic in the field of disability and physical activity over the past several years, but it is rare to see articles in the general media about it.
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Like most people who have a disability, I want to be involved, active, and participate. I have always refused to be isolated and my parents constantly supported my full participation. They knew I wanted to be “in” and included, so they helped me find the methods for that to happen by means of modified equipment or a modified approach.
Looking back on my experience in high school, my fondest memory is being part of the swim team. Being that I have cerebral palsy I could not not swim the same times as other swimmers, but I practiced and competed with my peers.
Figure skating season is in full swing. It’s one of my favorite times of the year…a new competition to watch almost every weekend. Memories come flooding back in, and I always have a persistent urge to get back out on the ice. Figure skating taught me so many things physically, psychologically, and socially. As corny as it sounds, it has definitely shaped who I am. I think most importantly, for a girl who was sometimes shy, a bit self conscious, and often so wrapped up in her own thoughts, figure skating was a way for me to release and express myself.
You know how there are some stories that you use over and over, no matter how old they are, because they illustrate a point so well? For me, one of those stories is that of a university student who wanted to attend hockey games with his fellow students. Essentially the story goes like this…