There are over 54 million American’s living with a disability. People with a disability are a largely underserved population, often this is due to a lack of knowledge on how to reach, address, and serve these individuals. This presentation will address communication tips and proper disability etiquette for individuals with sensory, intellectual and physical disabilities. It will also briefly discuss the barriers these individuals face towards participation and how to address them. Finally, this presentation will look at the definition of inclusion and what that means for effective communication.
There are a number of common terms and conditions referenced when working with individuals with a disability. As a fitness instructor you should be aware of these terms and their definitions as well as these common conditions and the effects they could have on an individual.