The Guidelines for Disability Inclusion and its resources can be used by any entity including government, private, and non-profit organizations to ensure new and existing program initiatives and policies in the areas of physical activity, nutrition, and obesity are appropriate and accessible for people with disability.
Program objectives should explicitly and unambiguously state that the target population includes people with a range of different disabilities (cognitive, intellectual and other developmental disabilities, mobility, visual, hearing, and mental health disabilities).
Program development, implementation, and evaluation should include input from people with a range of different disabilities and their representatives (e.g., community members or other experts with disabilities, potential participants with disabilities and their family members, personal assistants, and caregivers).
Programs should be accessible to people with disabilities and other users, socially, behaviorally, programmatically, in communication, and in the physical environment.
Programs should address individual needs of participants with disabilities through accommodations that are specifically tailored to those needs.
Programs should use a variety of accessible methods to outreach and promote the program(s) to people with disabilities.
Programs should address potential resource implications of inclusion (including staffing, training, equipment, and other resources needed to promote inclusion).
Programs should be affordable to people with disabilities and their families, personal assistants, and caregivers.
Programs should implement process evaluation (with transparent monitoring, accountability and quality assurance) that includes feedback from people with disabilities and family members, personal assistants, caregivers or other representatives, and a process for making changes based on feedback.
Programs should collect outcomes data, using multiple disability-appropriate measures.