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Your UCP: National August 25, 2003
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Tips for Evaluating a Potential Exercise Facility for People with Disabilities

  1. Does the facility have automatic entrance doors and accessible parking (wide spaces to accommodate vans and lifts)?

  2. Are aisles between machines wide enough for wheelchairs, walkers, and other assistive devices?

  3. Is there an accessible elevator?

  4. Is the staff trained in sensitivity to disabilities and assistive technology?

  5. Are staffers willing and competent to help with adjusting equipment or assisting with transfers?

  6. Is there adaptive exercise equipment such as roll-in strength training machines, hand cycles, underwater exercise equipment, etc.?

  7. Are classes offered that are tailored to disabled patrons, such as wheelchair aerobics, aqua yoga, martial arts for persons who are physically challenged, and so on?

  8. Are the machines with cables and pulleys adjustable for people of different heights?

  9. Do locker rooms have accessible restrooms, showers with benches, lockers and sinks at appropriate heights, accessible hooks, lowered blow dryers for hair and hands?

  10. Are floor materials non-skid?

  11. Is there a ramp entry into the whirlpool and pool? Is there a submersible wheelchair for water entry?

  12. If there are other services such as massage, tanning, and spa treatments do they have accessible beds, etc.?

Source: NCPAD

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