Disability History & Awareness Month

Did you know that October is Disability History & Awareness Month in Delaware?  At the YMCA, we work hard to make our community accessible and inclusive for all. We recognize the critical role people with disabilities play in every facet of our society. Our aim is to impact perception and practices, and change behavior through our work. Join us to learn more about people living with disabilities.

Disability Visibility Forum at Bear-Glasgow YMCA

In honor of Disability History and Awareness month, we have partnered with EPIC (Endless Possibilities in the Community) to help increase awareness, respect and acceptance for people with disabilities. This community conversation celebrates the diversity and richness of what unities us as people. Let’s all come together to learn more about one another’s lived experience, build human connections, and foster a greater sense of belonging including people with diverse abilities.

Monday, October 31, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Bear-Glasgow Family YMCA
Registration is required. Lunch will be provided.

YMCA of Delaware Book Club – Zoom Meeting 

Wednesday, November 16, 6:30 p.m.
Book Title: Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century.

One in five people in the United States lives with a disability. Some disabilities are visible, others less apparent—but all are underrepresented in media and popular culture. Alice Wong brings together this urgent, galvanizing collection of contemporary essays by people with disabilities, in their own voices. Join us to read their stories, expand your life experiences and build connections with one another. REGISTER HERE

An EPIC Partnership

Since 2015, the Bear-Glasgow YMCA has partnered with EPIC (Endless Possibilities In The Community) to provide a friendly and enabling environment for members with diverse abilities to improve their health through fitness. Each week, EPIC members with physical, intellectual, and developmental disabilities, come to the Y to exercise, learn about healthy living options, and build social skills. They participate in classes that include Strength, Yoga, YMCA-integrated lessons on Education, Nutrition, and Social Skills. Learn more.

The Y for All

At the Y, our facilities are designed to make all of our members, staff, and guests feel comfortable. We take pride in our ability to offer adaptive fitness equipment not only in our fitness centers but also in our pools and some fitness studio spaces. Many locations are equipped with an adjustable suspension system that allows individuals to use cardio equipment like a treadmill, participate in group exercise classes including Zumba and BodyFlow, or perform other exercises from a standing position. Contact your local Y for more details on Disability History and Awareness month.


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