In this latest blog, I sat down to interview Karen Kyle from disabilityfitness.ca.
How Long have you been in the Fitness Industry?
“I started off as a Group Fitness Instructor at the YMCA 10 years ago and became a certified Personal Trainer in 2013.”
What was your background before getting into the fitness industry?
“For the last 18 years, I have worked as an Independent Living Assistant. Helping persons with disabilities, live as independently as possible within their own homes. I also worked as a deaf/blind intervener for 14 yrs. Both jobs gave me the experience I needed to specialise in my fitness training practice.”
Why do you feel that people with a disability have a decline in activity, motivational and individual peer support?
“The current market trends I see with people living with a disability are a decline in activity, motivation and individual peer support. Active programs set up for the disabled have a tendency to have long waiting lists and involve advanced planning for transportation which discourages the individual from getting involved.”
Karen goes on to say: “Many disabled live alone and is not stimulated on a daily basis which leads to depression and lack of motivation. Lack of peer support can lead to a feeling of segregation and abandonment. Another problem is funding. A large number of people living with a disability do not have the money to spend on private services which are a huge setback in physical activity involvement.”
“Through Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), the government is working on creating a barrier-free Ontario for all people with disabilities and educating the public on this group. It steps in the right direction but we still have a long way to go.”
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