AIMFREE – Accessibility Instruments Measuring Fitness and Recreation Environments


The AIMFREE instruments were developed to measure the accessibility of fitness and recreation facilities as it pertains to persons with mobility impairments (e.g., persons using wheelchairs or other assistive devices). The AIMFREE instrument, developed by Rectech and funded by NIDRR, contains about 400 questions and 15 sections. Efforts were also made to include items that were relevant to persons with other disabling conditions, including individuals with sensory impairments (e.g., size of print on facility signage).  Instrument development occurred in three phases: (1) setting selection, which involved identifying the types of fitness and recreation facilities of greatest interest to persons with disabilities; (2) item development; and (3) instrument piloting.