YMCA of Delaware and EPIC Partner to Increase Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion for People with Disabilities

Disability Visibility Forum: Monday, October 31, 11:30 a.m.

Delaware – In honor of Disability History and Awareness month, the YMCA of Delaware has partnered with EPIC (Endless Possibilities in the Community) to host a Disability Visibility Forum on Monday, October 31st at the Bear-Glasgow YMCA. The goal of the forum is to help increase awareness, respect and acceptance for people with disabilities. This community conversation will celebrate the diversity and richness of what unities us as people. Learn more about Disabled History Month at https://www.ymcade.org/newsletter/disability-awareness-month.

Disability Visibility Forum Speakers include: Terri Hancharick, Chair of EPIC; Nicole Poore, Delaware State Senator; John Pellegrino, YMCA JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion) Advisor; Marty White, Bear-Glasgow YMCA Sr. Health & Wellness Director; Zachary Lipson, Bear-Glasgow YMCA Adaptive Trainer.

EPIC is a community-based program “without walls” that provides clients who have intellectual and physical disabilities, with meaningful, self-determined, inclusive health and wellness opportunities. Since 2015, the Bear-Glasgow YMCA has partnered with EPIC to provide a friendly and enabling environment for members with diverse abilities where they can improve their health through fitness. Each week, EPIC members come to the Y to exercise, learn about healthy living options, and build social skills. They participate in customized exercise programs with a licensed physical therapist and YMCA personal trainers, and have access to adaptive equipment for people with disabilities.

“The YMCA website states that they are an all-inclusive community where new friends and supportive staff help you find balance and meet your goals,” said Terri Hancharick, Chair of EPIC. “These are not just words. The Y truly believes in access for the entire community. Not only has this partnership provided our clients the opportunity to stay active, but it has also given them a safe space where they feel respected, valued and included.”

YMCA of Delaware facilities are designed to make all members, staff, and guests feel comfortable. They offer adaptive fitness equipment not only in fitness centers across the state, but also in their pools and some fitness studio spaces. Many locations are equipped with an adjustable suspension system that allows individuals to use cardio equipment, participate in group exercise classes, or perform other exercises from a standing position.

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