Creating lasting impact on the physical, social, and emotional wellbeing of adults with disabilities through group athletic training.
After graduating from high school and aging out of special education, service providers for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) shift from the school to the state. While Oregon has a number of helpful support systems for adults, it is difficult to match the involved five-days-a-week school schedule that graduates are leaving behind. As a result:
- Adults with ID/DD are more likely to lead sedentary lifestyles, and seven times more likely to report inadequate social and emotional support than people without disabilities
- Individuals with ID/DD are significantly more likely to report being in fair or poor health, with 33% of them not participating in any kind of exercise for months on end
- 69% of adults with disabilities are still living in their childhood home, with limited physical and social-emotional opportunity amongst peers
The statistics above, coupled with the lack of rigor and routine that school used to bring, can lead to regression in the physical, social, and emotional wellbeing of adults with ID/DD.
What is EBA?
Every Body Athletics’ mission is to make a lasting impact on the quality of life for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) by increasing physical, social, and emotional wellbeing through group athletic training.
Using both individual and small group exercise activities involving physical and social instruction, Every Body Athletics provides adults with ID/DD the opportunity to achieve success and growth in both their fitness and social-emotional needs. Led by staff with Master's degrees in Special Education and dual certification in Personal Training and Special Populations Personal Training, each EBA training session provides specialized, adaptive exercises that focus on participants’ specific physical needs while inserting time for social practice along the way. Adults of all ages and abilities are welcomed, and are joined by Teammates (see VOLUNTEER) without disabilities to promote inclusion and increased participation.
EBA serves adults who come from day programs, supported living settings, or those still living with their parents/guardians. This program is FREE to participants, allowing them to allocate their funds to other necessary service needs.
How much does EBA cost?
During adulthood, there are much-needed services and resources that families with adults with ID/DD need to put their money towards. Every Body Athletics recognizes this, and therefore provides each exercise session free of charge to all its participants due to generous support from THE ELISHA FOUNDATION and its private donors. Click on our donate page to learn more about becoming a donor.