Interested in supporting our unified effort to promote inclusive opportunities in physical activity, sport and recreation for people with disabilities? 

IFC offers Coalition membership for both organizations and individuals. 

Are you an Organization?  Go here to Join the Coalition!

Are you an Individual?  Go here to Join a workgroup!

Fitness Center Resources

Accessibility Instruments Measuring Fitness and Recreation Environments Manuals: Project AIMFREE

  • AIMFREE is available from the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability.  Go here to learn more and order.

ASTM International Inclusive Fitness Equipment Standards 

  • Two new standards for inclusive fitness equipment were approved in August of 2013 by the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM).  These standards provide specifications for fitness equipment that is accessible to users of all abilities and will be used to ensure future development and use of fitness equipment that more closely meets the intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  “Accessible mainstream fitness equipment decreases costs and facilitates compliance with the ADA,” says Seanna Kringen, research associate, Beneficial Designs Inc.  “Increase in activity level decreases secondary conditions and health costs often associated with disability. Affording people with disability the opportunity to exercise in public facilities, rather than specialized medical therapy settings, increases the social opportunity to interact with family and friends.”

Accessible Exercise Equipment List

Before & After Accessible Fitness Center Makeover

  • Created by NCHPAD and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, the virtual tour of an accessible community fitness center provides a layout of exercise equipment in logical groupings for fitness workouts while also assuring each piece of equipment can be accessed by any user, including people who use wheelchairs or other assistive devices for mobility. Similarly, the exercise equipment shown in this virtual center embodies universal designs which allow use by ambulatory participants as well as participants using wheelchairs.

Facts for Fitness Centers- Information Sheet

Inclusion & Adaptation- Information Sheet 

  • This factsheet covers the basics between incluson and adaptation also addressing disability awareness and universal design.  Click the link to download

Choosing a Fitness Center Does Not Have to be an Exercise in Frustration- Article 

  • This article is written by June Kailes; click the link to download

ACSM Certified News: Disability Awareness: An Overview and Introduction 

The Conspicuous Absence of People with Disabilities in Public Fitness and Recreation Facilities: Lack on Interest or Lack of Access? 

  • Click to download this article by James H. Rimmer, PhD

Older Adults

  • ICAA’s communications guidelines show how to more effectively reach and portray people 50 years and older

Recreation Your Way: an inclusive recreation resource from Canada

 

Next Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer (CIFT) Webinar series March 18 - April 22, 2015.  Sign up at certification.acsm.org