TOTAL ACCESS FOR DISABLED PEOPLEThe English Federation of Disability in Sport (EFDS) have a vision of enhanced health and wellbeing for all disabled people and a more equal society in which disabled people can achieve through increased opportunities and choice. These outcomes focus on the improved wellbeing and quality of life for disabled people and aspires to social, emotional and psychological wellbeing as well as physical health.
The EFDS envisage a more equal society in which disabled people can achieve through increased opportunities and choice, where disabled people are active for life, and the position of disabled people within society becomes much more positive, and in order to achieve these aims they look to create a position where the physical, logistical and psychological barriers to participation in sport and fitness are removed.
If disabled people are to exercise genuine choice, then the opportunities open to them need to be as comprehensive as those available to non-disabled people. The experience of sport and physical activity is positive, beneficial and enjoyable and throughout life, regardless of impairment, participating in sport or any physical activity will always be a choice rather than a requirement. Like all things, the more positive, beneficial and enjoyable the experience (especially the first time), the greater the likelihood of an individual coming back for more and recommending the experience to others.
The Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI) is a programme which offers disabled people more choice and opportunities to enjoy the benefits of physical activity - Empire Gym is committed to supporting the EFDS in achieving this and will be looking to achieve the IFI Mark of acreditation.
For these reasons Empire Gym has included in its equipment portfolio a range of Cybex exercise machines in both cardio and strength to give 'Total Access' to disabled people and those recovering from chronic debilitating illness. We have also included disabled changing and washroom facilities on the gym floor and disabled parking within two metres of the disabled access doors.