Disabled Sports USA is excited to announce that it will be offering Adapt2Achieve training grants to support inclusive fitness education in partnership with the Lakeshore Foundation and NCHPAD. With support from the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), 20 training grants will be awarded to individuals who provide free services to disabled veterans.

An ACSM/NCHPAD Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer (CIFT) is a fitness professional who assesses, develops and implements individualized exercise programming for children and adults with a physical, sensory or cognitive disability.  Rehabilitation from combat injuries can be a lifelong journey of recovery and rehabilitation. The veteran population has a number of unique considerations, and this training is key to ensure providers can safely and effectively serve them in their home communities.

“CIFTs make exercise accessible for all – empowering individuals to achieve their fitness goals! We are excited to be working with Disabled Sports USA as we continue to promote inclusive fitness for all ages and abilities,” said Kelly Bonner, Project Coordinator of Training and Education at NCHPAD.

Adapt2Achieve, a program of Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA), promotes inclusion in sports and recreation by offering customized adaptive sport guidelines and training content for sports and community organizations. Over 100 trainings have been offered since 2009 in more than 30 states across the country.

For more information about the Adapt2Achieve CIFT Training Grants offered by Disabled Sports USA, visit www.disabledsportsusa.org/CIFTtraininggrant.

These programs are funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  The opinions, findings, and conclusions stated herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

About Lakeshore Foundation and NCHPAD

Lakeshore Foundation’s activity, research and advocacy initiatives annually serve thousands of children and adults with physical disabilities and chronic health conditions. Through the UAB/ Lakeshore Research Collaborative, Lakeshore is home to the CDC-funded National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD). NCHPAD works to create health equity for people with disability by providing assistance in the form of web-based materials and health communication endeavors. For more information, visit www.lakeshore.org and www.nchpad.org.

About Disabled Sports USA

Disabled Sports USA is a national, charitable organization that provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence and fitness through participation in sports. What began as a program to serve Vietnam veterans has since grown into one of the nation’s largest multi-sport, multi-disability organizations, annually serving more than 60,000 wounded warriors, youth and adults with disabilities. A member of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, Disabled Sports USA offers programs in more than 60 summer and winter sports through its nationwide network of 140 community-based chapters. For more information, visit www.disabledsportsusa.org.