RESNA Standards Comittee on Inclusive Fitness (RESNA IF)
The primary purpose of the RESNA Inclusive Fitness Committee is to break down barriers and improve accommodations that exist for people with disabilities with regard to public fitness facilities, building access, equipment, equipment layout, trainers, staff, and inclusive programming. The goal is to help foster change in the fitness industry and develop transition plans for access. All individuals have a need and a desire to stay healthy and fit. Public fitness facilities are where many people go to exercise effectively and to participate in fitness activities with friends and family. It is essential that there is accessible fitness equipment and programming available for people with disabilities. Another important aspect of inclusive fitness is to raise awareness and training for fitness trainers and staff who will be assisting people with disabilities exercise safely and effectively. Fitness industry professionals need to understand how to appropriately interact with people with disabilities. Fitness industry professionals and users need to be aware of what information and tools are available to help them. RESNA IF will review currently available inclusive fitness information to fill in the gaps that are present in the industry today. Information needs to be centralized so that the people who need the information are able to find it. Additional standards, guidelines, programs, and training methods are needed to help universalize the process of accommodating people of all abilities in public fitness facilities.
RESNA IF Primary Goals:
1. Help public fitness facility managers identify what improvements need to occur in order to make their facilities more accessible for inclusive fitness and,
2. As the fitness facilities are implementing inclusive fitness improvements, inform users of those facilities that are equipped for them to fully participate.
RESNA IF will develop an inclusive access symbol to identify fitness facilities and fitness equipment that meet access requirements for people with functional limitations and impairments. In creating this symbol it will be necessary to convey access to people of all abilities without negative or exclusive use connotation.