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U.S. Access Board to Host Panel Presentations on Inclusive Exercise and Fitness Equipment

June 16, 2021

The U.S. Access Board invites the public to a virtual meeting on advancing access to fitness equipment on July 14 from 1:00 – 3:15 pm (ET). The event, “Moving Forward: Access to Inclusive Fitness Equipment,” will feature panel presentations on the need for access to fitness equipment, initiatives to address equipment accessibility, and implementation of inclusive fitness equipment.

Scheduled panelists include representatives from the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability, the American Council for the Blind, Mobility Fitness, the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America, ASTM International, Universal Fitness Innovation & Transformation, Ability 360, I Design Access, and equipment manufacturers. They will discuss the importance of access to exercise equipment, resources and initiatives to promote inclusive design of equipment, and examples of inclusive equipment and fitness centers.

The event is free, but registration is required. The event will include video remote interpreting (VRI) and real-time captioning. For further information, visit the Board’s website. Direct questions to Rose Marie Bunales at events@access-board.gov

Moving Forward: Access to Inclusive Fitness Equipment

July 14, 2021, 1:00 – 3:15 (ET)

Registration (free): www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register
Contact: Rose Marie Bunales at events@access-board.gov

Presentation materials are available in PPT (24MB) or PDF (7MB) formats.

Agenda

1:00 – 3:15 Moving Forward: Access to Inclusive Fitness Equipment

  • Welcome, Karen Tamley, Access Board Public Member
  • Opening Remarks
    • U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth
    • Lex Gillette, Paralympian
  • Panel on Need for Inclusive Fitness Equipment
    • Kelly Bonner, National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability, Lakeshore
    • Clark Rachfal, American Council of the Blind
  • Panel on Ongoing Inclusive Fitness Initiatives
    • Dr. Stephanie Schnorbus Stephens, Beneficial Designs, Inc. and Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA)
    • Richard Thesing, Mobility Fitness
    • Dr. Beth Barstow and Sangeetha Padalabalanarayanan, The University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Panel on Implementation of Inclusive Fitness Equipment
    • Gus LaZear, Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center
    • Dr. Catherine Carty, Munster Technological University
    • Jon Walker and Lloyd Reese, Playcore
    • Ileana Rodriguez, I Design Access, LLC
  • Closing Remarks

3:15 – 3:30 Break

3:30 – 4:30 Regular Board Business

  • Introductory Remarks
  • Executive Director’s Report
  • Standing Committee Reports
  • Election Assistance Commission
  • Ad Hoc Committee Reports
  • New Business