Universally designed fitness center

February 20, 2010 at 7:19 am Leave a comment

We have lived in multiple states up and down the east coast and have found that there are not very many fitness centers that can accommodate a user with a disability.  During our three-year residence in Atlanta, I had the wonderful opportunity to work at Shepherd Center.  They have an incredible universally designed fitness center that allowed for all users abilities.  Bill was able to go swimming, lift weights, participate in rugby, push-racing as well as many other sports that were offered.  

In many states you will find resources for adaptive sports, but you will be a bit more hard-pressed to find a universally accessible fitness center. In Arizona, they have built the Disability Empowerment Center (DEC) which is not only an office complex, but is used as a national model for accessible design.  The DEC is eco-friendly and is “a universally designed, accessible, transit oriented, non-profit disability services campus”.  

The DEC is built and up and running, but this initiative is not finished.  Slated to open in December 2010 is the Virginia G. Piper Sports and Fitness Center for Persons with Disabilities.  Both the DEC and the Fitness Center are well thought out, universally designed commercial buildings.  Check out this video and let me know your thoughts.

Fitness Center Video                     DEC Video

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