Disability Awareness Training: From Staff to Management— Introduction (01:23)
Alicia Bryan and Jeanine Fittipaldi-Wert believe that everyone should be able to participate in programs in some manner.
Defining Disability (04:11)
Bryan presents several U.S. definitions of disability. Over 37 million adults in the U.S. have a disability; see percentage statistics. Guidelines were implemented in 1990 to prevent the ostracization of individuals with disabilities; the 2010 standards of accessible design is an extension of ADA policies.
What is the Problem? (03:54)
Many individuals with disabilities perceive a lack of accessibility in health and fitness facilities; see examples. They may also experience a communication gap.
Audience members participate in a task to practice communication and perception, and reflect on what they learned. Fittipaldi-Wert cites examples of disabilities that would require specific, detailed instruction.
Potential Solution: (04:09)
See the individual first and use person-first language. Fittipaldi-Wert discusses the term "handicap" and using politically correct language. Those in the deaf community do not see themselves as having a disability.
Other Considerations: Interactions (03:04)
When working with those who have a disability, consider your facial expression, hand shake, eye contact, and asking first. Fittipaldi-Wert shares "her moment" when working with a member of a basketball team.
Exercise is for Everybody (03:32)
Exercise increases independence, improves overall health, improves physical abilities, and increases self-esteem. Items to consider when an individual with a disability arrives at the exercise facility include: client goals and objectives, assistance in ADLs, increasing independence, and thinking outside the box.
Give it a Try (06:13)
Audience members attempt to tie their shoes using one hand. When working with individuals who have a disability, put yourself in their shoes. Learn tips for working with clients that have a visual impairment and are deaf.
Exercise Adaptations (03:53)
Accessories to use with exercise equipment for individuals who have a disability include: wrist cuffs, bands, NuStep, SciFit, and V-Glide.
Other Considerations: Exercise (07:27)
See exercise modification tips for individuals who have a disability— jumping jacks, push-ups, curl-ups, jumping rope, flexibility, and core workout. An audience member questions the modifications in terms of billing purposes.
Focus on the individual and work with his or her ability; see a list of additional resources. The group discusses changing certain terms to politically correct terminology. The ACSM provides fitness certifications for individuals with disabilities.
Credits: Disability Awareness Training: From Staff to Management (00:27)
Credits: Disability Awareness Training: From Staff to Management
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