Physical Activity and Disabilities

The Center for Universal Design

The Center for Universal Design is a national research, information and technical assistance center that evaluates, develops and promotes universal design in housing, public and commercial facilities, and related products. The Center provides publications that address all areas of universal design and barrier removal.

Physical Activity Among Rural Older Adults with Diabetes

This analysis describes physical activity levels and factors associated with physical activity in an ethnically diverse sample of rural older adults with diabetes.About half (52.5%) of the participants stated that they had engaged in physical activity in the past year. Among those, 42.5% stated that they had no days with at least 30 minutes of continuous physical activity in the prior week, while 21.5% reported daily physical activity.Physical activity in this ethnically diverse sample of rural elders with diabetes is limited. Effort must be invested to increase physical activity in these groups.

Barriers and Best Practices: Marketing Health Promotion for People with Disabilities

This fact sheet discusses research on effective strategies for marketing health promotion programs designed by the Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities at the University of Montana. Though related to specific programs, the strategies described can be used in many situations to promote physical activity among people with disabilities.

ADA Accessibility Guidelines

These guidelines provide detailed information on accessibility requirements set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act. Guidelines are provided for public and private facilities, recreation facilities, play areas, public rights of way, transportation, and communication.

The Final Report of the Regulatory Negotiation Committee on Accessibility Guidelines for Outdoor Developed Areas

This report proposes accessibility guidelines under the Americans with Disabilities Act for trails, outdoor recreation access routes, beach access routes, and picnic and camping facilities.

Designing Sidewalks and Trails for Access

This two-part report on pedestrian accessibility was produced for Federal Highway Administration by Beneficial Designs, Inc. Part 1, Review of Existing Guidelines and Practices, lays out the history and the practices of applying accessibility concepts to sidewalks and pedestrian trails. Part 2, Best Practices Design Guide, provides recommendations on how to design sidewalks, street crossings, intersections, shared use paths, and recreational pedestrian trails.

Physical Activity Participation Among Persons with Disabilities: Barriers and Facilitators

This article highlights one of the few studies describing barriers and facilitators to physical activity participation among people with disabilities. The study revealed 178 barriers and 130 facilitators that were grouped into 10 categories and described in the article.

Checklist for Existing Facilities

This checklist is easy to use and provides a tool for anyone to assess and existing facilities to determine barriers according to ADA guidelines. It also provides ideas for barrier removal.

Health Promotion for People with Disabilities: The Emerging Paradigm Shift from Disability Prevention to the Prevention of Secon

This article describes current health promotion efforts as they relate to people with disabilities and highlights the change in understanding necessary to meet the health promotion needs of people with disabilities. The author proposes a greater emphasis on community-based health promotion efforts in order to address the health promotion issues facing people with disabilities.

Weight of the Nation: Kids series

The Weight of the Nation for Kids is focused on a national public health campaign to end the obesity epidemic in the United States.
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