Although this is posted long after the article was written, I would like to add that some of us in the disabled employees group at work decided to take on the annual President's fitness challenge. Our conditions ranged from not visible (many disabilities are not visible but are there all the same) to obvious (our wheelchair marathoner having one of them). Over time that program began to add in credits for activities such as his, but we didn't wait.
One of our members, a user of a wheelchair, carried firewood to his house as one of his activities.
One of our members who has MS and a visual impairment that limits his ability to drive pumps iron and rides a bicycle (or walks!) 2 miles to work.
One of our members who uses a back brace rides horseback.
One of our members who has seizures used yoga and running in place as "safe" exercises.
One of our members used the book "Move without Pain" (Alexander technique and based on Feldenkrais movement therapies, which was designed to assist people with post polio syndrome) to deal with flexibility.
We adapted activities as needed, put in the hours, and since our employer couldn't, I personally bought the medals (hey, not all that expensive, maybe $80 all told) for the group members.
With advice and counsel and adaptive creativity - yes... anyone can get a little better and a little better - honest! I am now the queen of barn pen cleaning and can climb over a fence - things I couldn't do after being knocked around in the crosswalk by a car one night.
Keep on choosin'!
- 9/11/2014 1:38:13 PM