ABSTRACT

People with disabilities (PWDs) are an underrecognized population who tend to experience poorer health outcomes than those without disabilities. Many of these disparate health outcomes are preventable and can be addressed through various lifestyle interventions, such as physical activity and access to appropriate health care services. However, PWDs face significant barriers to health care and health-promoting activities within their communities that can positively affect these health outcomes and improve quality of life. In order to ensure access to these beneficial programs, inclusive practices must be incorporated into all aspects of the physical and social environment, including the built environment, equipment, service delivery, policy and decision making, programming, and staff training. The purpose of this article is to discuss barriers often experienced by PWDs in accessing health promotion programs and address practical considerations that can ensure inclusion of PWDs' health care and health promotion programming. Additionally, this article will provide clinical exercise physiologists with resources, tools, and examples of inclusive approaches that will provide a foundation to offer inclusive programs and practices to all Americans, including those with disabilities.

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