Episode 57 Resources: Inclusive Healthy Communities and the ADA

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Resources Mentioned in this Episode
Special National Health and Wellness Event
National & International Sports Organizations that Promote Inclusion of People with Disabilities
Accessible Playgrounds & Recreation
ADA Requirements and Guidelines for Recreation Facilities
Inclusive Healthcare and Wellness

Resources Mentioned in this Episode

Disability Inclusion

  • Disability and Inclusion Planning Toolkit: How to Video
    Organizations must foster a welcoming and inclusive community for all by expanding the ways in which individuals are invited and encouraged to participate. Federation has developed an Inclusion Tool to help all organizations on their journey to full inclusion.
    Source: JewishDC
    Link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7cieaEbWzA

Special National Health and Wellness Event

  • National Institutes of Health's All of Us Journey
    Source: National Institutes of Health
    Link: joinallofus.org/en/journey
    This traveling, hands-on exhibit will raise awareness about the All of Us Research Program, which is an ambitious effort to gather data from 1 million or more people living in the United State to accelerate research and improve health.
    Be a part of the All of Us Journey's 37-week national tour. You can attend an event to learn more about the All of Us Research Program and its potential to advance precision medicine in the future. Check the All of Us website for other dates throughout the Southeast and the U.S. at Link: joinallofus.org/en/journey

National & International Sports Organizations that Promote Inclusion of People with Disabilities

  • National Center on Accessibility
    Source: National Center on Accessibility
    Link: ncaonline.org/index.shtml
    Promotes access and inclusion for people with disabilities in parks, recreation and tourism.
  • National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD)
    Source: National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD)
    Link: nscd.org/
    One of the largest therapeutic recreation agencies in the world, it offers a variety of year-round sports and recreational adventures.
  • Disabled Sports USA
    Source: Disabled Sports USA
    Link: disabledsportsusa.org/
    How adaptive sports help youth, wounded warriors and adults with disabilities live happier, healthier lives.
  • Northeast Passage
    Source: University of New Hampshire, College of Health & Human Services, Department of Recreation Management & Policy
    Link: nepassage.org/
    This program empowers individuals with disabilities to define, pursue and achieve their therapeutic recreation and adaptive sports goals.
  • Blaze Sports America
    Source: Blaze Sports
    Link: blazesports.org/
    Offers sport and recreation programs for kids and veterans with physical disabilities. They serve a wide range of ability levels from recreational beginner to competitive Paralympians.
  • National Ability Center
    Source: National Ability Center
    Link: discovernac.org/
    Empowers individuals of all abilities by building self-esteem, confidence and lifetime skills through sport, recreation and educational programs.
  • Inclusive Sports Initiative
    Source: Institute for Human Centered Design
    Link: humancentereddesign.org/index.php?q=projects/inclusive-sports-initiative
    Ongoing research, education and advocacy promote inclusion, universal design, and sports around the world.

Accessible Playgrounds & Recreation

  • Landscape Structures
    Source: Landscape Structures
    Link: playlsi.com/home.shtml
    This company creates innovative, accessible playground equipment for schools, parks, childcare centers, religious institutions, and more to help develop healthier kids, families and communities.
  • Inclusive Play – Playground Design Ideas
    Source: Landscape Structures
    Link: playlsi.com/en/playground-design-ideas/inclusive-play/
  • Morgan's Wonderland
    Source: Morgan’s Wonderland
    Link: morganswonderland.com/
    This San Antonio, Texas, theme park was built to emphasize inclusion and enable everyone to come together and have fun, regardless of their abilities.
  • Playgrounds for Everyone
    Source: National Public Radio (NPR)
    Link: playgroundsforeveryone.com/
    A community-edited guide to accessible playgrounds.
  • 2018 Playground Funding Guide
    Source: Game Time
    Link: gametime.com/resources/playground-funding-guide
    This free guide includes hundreds of grants and other funding sources for playgrounds, fitness parks and other recreation projects, as well as resources for grant writing assistance and for developing inclusive, accessible facilities. Guide is available free of charge as a PDF download.
  • Article: Designing Playgrounds for Children with Cochlear Implants
    Source: Game Time
    Link: gametime.com/news/designing-playgrounds-for-children-with-cochlear-implants
  • National Lekotek Center
    Link: lekotek.org/
    Provides services to improve the lives of children with disabilities using toys and play. Lekotek Centers offer medically helpful play-based sessions for families of children with disabilities, structured to help children learn, develop, and do well.
  • Easter Seals Camp and Recreation Directory
    Link: easterseals.com/our-programs/camping-recreation/camp-and-recreation-directory.html
    Nationwide directory of day and residential camps and recreation programs that serve children, adults and families of all abilities.
  • Braille Nature Trail Directory
    Source: Nature for the Blind
    Link: naturefortheblind.com/
    This website provides locations and information about over 200 Braille nature trails and sensory gardens in the U.S. and in 35 countries for people who are visually impaired or have other physical disabilities.
  • America Walks
    Source: America Walks
    Link: americawalks.org/
    Helps communities create safe, accessible, and enjoyable walking conditions for all. Provides strategy support, training and technical assistance to statewide, regional, and local organizations.
  • Every Body Walk! Collaborative
    Source: America Walks
    Link: americawalks.org/partner-directory/everybody-walk-collaborative-2/
    National initiative to promote safe, accessible and inclusive places to walk.
  • Inclusive Recreation Resource Center
    Source: Inclusive Recreation Resource Center
    Link: inclusiverec.org/accessible-recreation
    Promotes and sustains participation by people of all abilities in inclusive recreation activities and resources.
  • Inclusion U
    Link: inclusiverec.org/inclusion-u-online
    This online training is for anyone interested in increasing opportunities for inclusive recreation.
  • Inclusivity Assessment Tool
    Link: inclusiverec.org/inclusivity-assessment-tool
    This user-friendly tool helps recreation programs and facilities survey both physical accessibility and programmatic inclusion. The Inclusivity Assessment Tool is used by trained assessors who have completed Inclusion U.

ADA Requirements and Guidelines for Recreation Facilities

  • ADA Accessibility Requirements for Recreation Facilities
    Source: U.S. Access Board
    Link: access-board.gov/guidelines-and-standards/recreation-facilities
    The ADA and ABA standards include access to recreation facilities, including play areas, swimming pools, sports facilities, fishing piers, boating facilities, golf courses, and amusement rides. New provisions cover access to trails, picnic and camping sites, and beaches on Federal sites.
  • National Park Service Accessibility Guidelines and Resources
    Source: National Park Service
    Link: nps.gov/hfc/accessibility/
    Federal accessibility guidelines for national parks.
  • ADA Requirements: Accessible Pools
    Source: U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)
    Link: ada.gov/pools_2010.htm (HTML)
    Link: ada.gov/pools_2010.pdf (PDF 5 pages)
    These ADA requirements were updated on May 24, 2012.

Inclusive Healthcare and Wellness

  • ADA Live! Webcasts on Aging and Disability
    Source: ADA Live! and the Southeast ADA Center
    Link: adalive.org
    You can listen anytime to these 30-minute broadcasts of previous WADA ADA Live! episodes. Written transcripts and lists of useful resources are also available. Episodes 54 and 56 are a two-part series, with a shared list of resources.
    Episode 54: Aging and Disability
    Link: adalive.org/episode54
    Episode 54: Aging and Disability Resources List
    Link: adalive.org/episode54_resources
    Note: These resources apply to Episodes 54 and 56.
    Episode 56: Disability and Aging: Medicare, Medicaid, and Benefits Enrollment Assistance
    Link: adalive.org/episode56
  • Inclusive Fitness Toolkit for Fitness and Wellness Professionals
    Source: Northeast ADA Center, Cornell University
    Link: northeastada.org/docs/Inclusive-Fitness-Toolkit.pdf (PDF 110 pages)
    This toolkit helps fitness and wellness professionals include the needs of individuals with developmental and other disabilities when designing and implementing programs and services.
  • National Senior Health and Fitness Day
    Source: National Senior Health and Fitness Day
    Link: fitnessday.com/senior/
    This annual event on May 30th focuses on inclusive health and wellness for all older adults, including those aging with disabilities.
  • Healthy Aging and Disability Fact Sheets Series
    Source: University of Washington, Aging and Physical Disability Rehabilitation Research and Training Center
    Link: agerrtc.washington.edu/info/factsheets
    Learn how to create a healthy lifestyle for older adults with disabilities.
  • Aging Well with a Disability? Go For It!
    Source: National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC)
    Link: naricspotlight.wordpress.com/2015/09/16/aging-well-with-a-disability-go-for-it/
    List of resources on the health benefits of exercise and physical activity for older adults.
  • Let’s Get Physical!
    Source: National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC)
    Link: naricspotlight.wordpress.com/2015/05/18/lets-get-physical/
    List of resources on the importance of an active and healthy lifestyle for people with disabilities.
  • Healthcare Transition for Youth with Disabilities
    Source: Got Transition and the National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health
    Link: gottransition.org/youthfamilies/index.cfm
    As youth with disabilities learn to live independently as adults, it requires an organized transition process to gain health care skills, prepare for an adult model of care, and transfer to new providers. Website also available in Spanish.
  • Resources for Youth with Disabilities, Families, and Professionals
    Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
    Link: hhs.gov/ash/oah/adolescent-development/physical-health-and-nutrition/chronic-conditions-and-disabilities/resources.html
    Health and wellness resources for service providers, youth and families.
  • Healthfinder.gov
    Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
    Link: healthfinder.gov/Default.aspx
    This website has information and tools to help you and your family stay healthy. Information is also available in Spanish.
  • Save the Dates: Disability and Health Data System (DHDS) Webinars
    Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    Link: cdc.gov/ncbddd/disabilityandhealth/dhds.html
    The CDC created a Disability and Health Data System (DHDS) to provide quick and easy access to data on demographics and health information for adults with disabilities. Users can access information on five functional disability types, more than 30 health topics, and customized data for your state or region.
    CDC will host the following webinars to tell you more about DHDS.
    •             June 21, 2018 at 3-4pm EST - Beginner's Guide to DHDS
    •             June 26, 2018 at 3-4pm EST - DHDS: Beyond the Basics


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