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New Research and Free Webinar Available on Accessible Fitness Facilities and Exercise Equipment

May 3, 2017
Source: National Center on Accessibility

A new research article was published in the Disability and Health Journal, "Fitness Facilities Still Lack Accessibility for People with Disabilities." According to the authors, "People with disabilities have a greater risk of chronic and secondary health conditions compared to the general population. Furthermore, individuals with disabilities encounter substantial obstacles to participating in health-promoting activities due to physical and social environments that limit fitness and recreation opportunities, including inaccessible parks, trails, sidewalks, and fitness facilities.

The conclusions of the study indicate "There exists a strong and urgent need to encourage owners and operators of fitness facilities to reach a higher level of accessibility. Until then, many people with physical/mobility disabilities will continue to have limited access to programs, equipment, and services offered at these facilities."

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Join the U.S. Access Board for its free monthly webinar on Accessible Fitness Facilities and Exercise Equipment on May 4 from 2:30-4:00 ET to learn more about fitness facilities accessibility. The 2010 ADA Accessibility Standard and the Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standards include provisions for exercise equipment and other elements typically found in a health club or fitness facility. This session will highlight provisions for exercise equipment along with a basic review of the building and facility elements such as toilet and bathing facilities, locker rooms, and other site amenities. To register for the webinar go to

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