The environment plays an important part in attaining health goals. The Montana Disability and Health Accessibility Ambassadors program evolved from our Year 2 work. We contracted with Montana Centers for Independent Living to demonstrate methods for assessing program and facility accessibility of community health and fitness programs. Our adaptation of a framework developed by Nary and White (2000) at the University of Kansas produced self-assessment models for fitness programs and also created the infrastructure for consumer-based organizations to conduct fitness program assessments.
In Year 3, we contracted with Centers for Independent Living to assess health department program accessibility. Again, this framework was also designed to produce self-assessment models for health departments. The assessments identify several positive models for promoting accessibility that other departments could adopt.
Montana’s Centers for Independent Living Partner with MTDH as Accessibility Ambassadors:
LIFTT — Billings
North Central Independent Living Services — Black Eagle (access their information on the DPHHS website)
Montana Independent Living Project — Helena
Summit Independent Living Center — Missoula