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Created by NCHPAD and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, the virtual tour of an accessible community fitness center provides a layout of exercise equipment in logical groupings for fitness workouts while also assuring each piece of equipment can be accessed by any user, including people who use wheelchairs or other assistive devices for mobility. Similarly, the exercise equipment shown in this virtual center embodies universal designs which allow use by ambulatory participants as well as participants using wheelchairs.
The National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability's (NCHPAD) Discover Leisure Booklet is an exciting new resource designed to assist in understanding and further appreciating the value and importance of leisure in the life of a child. It provides encouragement and resources for parents and others to consider, plan for, and assist their children in developing leisure-related skills that will allow him or her to be successful at home, school, and in community settings. This guide contains helpful exercises and information on how to acquire recreation services, and explains how leisure education impacts a child's growth and development. Discover Leisure is a resource that can be referenced again and again for answers to important questions.
The National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability in collaboration with the National Center on Accessibility has developed a booklet entitled, "Discover Camp: Considerations for Sending your Child with a Disability to Camp for the First Time." This booklet provides valuable information for parents who are looking for the right camp for their child. The booklet features frequently asked questions (FAQ's) on different types of camps (i.e., specialty, inclusive, day, and residential), facilities, camp staff, camper care, and programming. It includes additional suggestions on what to consider before heading to camp, as well as other resources.
The NCHPAD accessible virtual tour has photographs which provide a general tour of the Enabling Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden, consisting of four major components of a barrier-free garden: paving, containers, raised beds, and vertical gardens. You will also find several ideas for each of these components that can be done at home on a smaller budget using widely available materials.