Commit to Inclusion

Commit to Inclusion is a global campaign committed to ending the exclusion of individuals with disabilities. The campaign was founded by The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability, The American Association on Health and Disability and the Centre on Disability at the Public Health Institute. This campaign is rooted in the following nine guidelines for Disability Inclusion:

· Objectives include people with disability – Program objectives should clearly state their target market includes people with a range of different disabilities.

· Involvement of people with disability in development, implementation and evaluation – Program development should include input from people with a range of different disabilities and their representatives.

· Program accessibility – Programs should be accessible to people with disabilities and other users, socially, behaviourally, programmatically, and in their physical environment.

· Accommodations for participants with disability – Programs should be built around the participants’ abilities, with specially tailored accommodations provided specific to their individual needs.

· Outreach and communication to people with disability – Programs should use a variety of accessible methods to outreach and promote the programs to people with disabilities.

· Cost considerations and feasibility – Programs should consider potential resource implications (staffing, training, equipment and other resources needed to promote inclusion).

· Affordability – Programs should be affordable for people with disabilities and their families, personal assistants, and caregivers.

· Process evaluation - Programs should implement process evaluation that includes feedback from people with disabilities, their assistants, family members and caregivers with a view to making changes based on their comments.

· Outcomes evaluation - Programs should collect outcomes data, using multiple disability-appropriate measures.

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