The Center for Disability Sports, Health, and Wellness were founded with the understanding that having a healthy community of individuals is the first step to economic, social and political empowerment. This is especially true for people with disabilities in the United States. The Center understands the importance that healthy living has on individuals attitude and success. One in five Americans has a disability, many of them are underserved as it relates to sports and recreation programs and access to exercise facilities and proper information on nutrition.
We believe that everything starts with inclusion, by using methods and models which ensure participation of people with disabilities we can achieve a society that is inclusive and empathetic.
The staff, students, and faculty all have a role to play through education and self-awareness about issues that affect individuals with varying disabilities in New Jersey in the United States.
Adaptive sports and exercise both have an important role for our students with disabilities, general student body and staff. By providing a platform and starting point the center could be instrumental in ensuring inclusion through sports and exercise. Moreover, the University students interested in disability issues and rehabilitation medicine could benefit from the direct experience offered through these programs.
There has been much research on the effect of exercise and individuals with disabilities. However, there are plenty of opportunities to learn more about the social, economic, and health benefits of inclusion through sports, healthy living, and exercise.