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About Commit to Inclusion

A campaign that supports the implementation of guidelines and programming to empower people with disability to lead healthy, active lifestyles.

Commit to Inclusion supports the implementation of the Guidelines for Disability Inclusion to assist in the updating of community health program and policies to be inclusive of the needs of people with disability.  Learn More

Commit to Inclusion supports the establishment of programming like I Can Do it, You Can Do It! (ICDI) to help facilitate access and opportunities for children and adults with disability to be healthy and active.  Learn More

Make the Commitment to Disability Inclusion in your physical activity, nutrition, and obesity programs & policies!

Physical Activity
Physical activity can provide individuals with disability the strength and stamina required to participate in all aspects of life successfully.

Access to healthy foods can fuel beneficial endeavors for people with disability, and help to build a strong, sustainable society.

Obesity Reduction
Obesity is more common among people with disability.  Inclusive health promotion can create a better society for everyone.

It’s Time to Face the Facts:

  • Adults with disability are 3x more likely to have a serious chronic disease.
  • Nearly half of all adults with disability (50%) get no aerobic physical activity.
  • Obesity rates for adults with disability are 58% higher than for adults without disability.
  • Obesity rates for children with disability are 38% higher than for children without disability.
  • Physical activity is 4x lower for children and youth with disability than their peers without disability.
  • These facts and many more affect the 56 million Americans living with disability, a substantial (20%) portion of the population.

“Inclusion is not a strategy to help people fit into the systems and structures which exist in our societies; it is about transforming those systems and structures to make it better for everyone.  Inclusion is about creating a better world for everyone.”
-Diane Richler, Past President, Inclusion International

By joining the Commit to Inclusion campaign you are helping to build healthy, inclusive communities while engaging, educating, and empowering all Americans across the lifespan to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and good nutrition.

Campaign Video (audio pre-description)

What does inclusion mean to me?  In this film, a variety of people offer answers to this question – children and adults with disabilities, parents, and advocates for inclusion.  As they share their views, scenes unfold:In a large multi-court gymnasium, kids play games.  A woman rides a motorized scooter out of a van.  In a park, she uses an augmentative communication device to voice her thoughts.  Wearing a helmet, a boy gets ready to ride in a racing wheelchair.  In a garden, a man wearing a headband shades himself with an umbrella.  At an outdoor farmers’ market, a vendor tends a booth.  Our view soars toward a city’s tall buildings.  A man working in a garden smiles and waves.  Grinning, another sits at a desk.  Two women share a hug.  A woman with short pink hair smiles.  In a field, a gardener holds a fruit in his gloved hand.  A young man dances.  On a grassy hill, a woman with a ponytail sits in a wheelchair as she gazes out at the city.  A long-haired man with glasses wears a teeshirt that reads “Turning over a new leaf.”  The film ends with a title:  Commit to Inclusion.  Four logos appear:  President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition; National Center on Health, Physical Activity & Disability; American Association on Health and Disability; and Center on Disability at the Public Health Institute.
Original music by:  My Meridian.

Advocates for Inclusion – Click to Read Full List of Advocates

Featured Advocates for Inclusion – Special Olympics, Get Fit, The Wodapalooza Fitness-Festival, SHAPE America, Buddies in Action, CTX Ability Sports, ZUMBA Fitness, Play Like a Girl.

Advocate for Inclusion:

  • I commit to adopt the 9 Guidelines for Disability Inclusion.
  • I commit to use the Guidelines for Disability Inclusion and related resources in new or existing programs.
  • I commit to be an advocate for disability inclusion and display my commitment.

Make the Commitment Today

Communication Advocate:

Don’t have programs or policies to use the 9 Guidelines for Disability Inclusion, but want to support the cause? Commit to be a Communication Advocate for Inclusion and help spread the word!  Make the Commitment Today

Who are we?

Founding Partners
Thank you for taking an active step towards health equity for all!

President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN)
National Center on Health, Physical Activity & Disability (NCHPAD)
American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD)
Center on Disability at the Public Health Institute (COD-PHI)