Segments in this Video

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.

Communication? (04:59)

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.

Summary (04:51)

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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Disability Awareness Training: From Staff to Management

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This clinical video workshop argues that everyone, including individuals who have a disability, should be able to participate in wellness programs to the extent that their particular impairment will allow. It looks at barriers to participation and how to overcome them, emphasizing the need to focus on the indivudal rather than the disability. The video also examines exercise-specific factors that should be considered when working individuals with a disability.

Length: 49 minutes

Item#: BVL131339

ISBN: 978-1-64023-659-2

Copyright date: ©2013

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