How do you measure color contrast?

March 1, 2013

In a previous blog post on Color Contrast, we introduced how color contrast principles from the US Access Board are being applied to fitness equipment guidelines to improve accessibility for people with vision impairments. Our primary question was, ‘How do we measure color contrast?’  Potential methodology was drafted, reviewed, and revised multiple times by experts […]

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Fitness Guide for Wheelchair Users

January 31, 2013

Beneficial Design and RERC Rectech Wheelchair User Fitness Equipment Guide Frequent exercise is important for people of all abilities. In our busy culture, fitness centers often provide the only opportunity to improve overall health, prevent disease, improve moods, and boost energy levels. Anyone entering into a busy fitness center for the first time may be […]

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Active Video Gaming Used to Improve Hand Speed and Range of Finger Motion

November 30, 2012

Video games are no longer just a leisure-time activity…they could become an integral part of your rehab program. Numerous studies examining the rehabilitative benefits of active video games (AVGs) have found increases in motor control, balance, energy expenditure, and extremity function in people experiencing a wide range of conditions including brain injury, cerebral palsy, Down […]

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Upcoming: ASTM F08.30 Fitness Products Meeting

April 18, 2012

The F08.30 Fitness Products Inclusive Fitness task group was formed to further develop standards for fitness equipment design through ASTM F08.30 Fitness Products (see F08.30 Fitness Products Scope below). The focus of this work is to facilitate access to mainstream fitness equipment to a wider range of the population across all abilities (see WK19803 Scope […]

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DOJ Requires Public Fitness Facilities to Provide Accessible Equipment

February 8, 2012

The intent of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) was to facilitate access for people with disabilities to public facilities, including participation in activities within the building structure. The new DOJ (Department of Justice) guidelines recently confirmed this intent by requiring public fitness facilities to provide accessible fitness equipment. Exercise is important and provides many […]

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Cygnet- A fun way to excercise while propelling wheelchair

December 2, 2011

Students at the Segal Design Institute, Northwestern University have designed a device called Cygnet. The Cygnet attaches to a wheelchair which makes the wheelchair propulsion  fun and also a good workout. {Video: Cygnet}   Cygnet requires the user to pedal with his or her hands or feet, providing the necessary exercise, and in turn translating […]

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ASTM November 2011 Committee week- Draft specification for Universal Design of Fitness Equipment

November 25, 2011

ASTM Draft Specification For Universal Design of Fitness Equipment for Inclusive Use by Persons with Functional Limitations and Impairments WK34535 was out for vote to ASTM F08.30 Fitness Product members from Sept. 15, 2011 – Oct 17, 2011. Comments from this vote will be discussed at the ASTM F08.30 Fitness Products meeting. Title: F08 Sports […]

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Virtual Exercise Partner Improves Motivation to Exercise

November 2, 2011

Can’t find anyone to exercise with? Don’t despair: New research from Michigan State University reveals working out with a virtual partner improves motivation during exercise. The study led by Deborah Feltz, chairperson of MSU’s Department of Kinesiology, is the first to investigate the Kohler effect on motivation in health video games; that phenomenon explains why […]

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Department of Justice Response for Proposed Rulings for Fitness Equipment

August 22, 2011

Over the past years individuals with disabilities have expressed concerns about the inability to use exercise equipment and furniture in health clubs, fitness centers, public recreation centers, and other establishments that offer exercise facilities. In response to these concerns, the Department of Justice sought public input in January 2011 on issues relating to possible revisions […]

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How to stabilize the wheelchair while working out at the Fitness Facility?

June 23, 2011

Use of fitness equipment is important to individuals of all abilities. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, reasonable accommodation must be made to enable users of all abilities to access any equipment in a fitness facility. However, certain precautions must be made by individuals using mobility devices in order to prevent instability and loading hazards. […]

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