BlazeSports’ Director of Policy Testifies Before US House of
Representatives Judiciary Committee on The Department of Justice’s Guidance on Access to Pools and Spas Under the ADA
On Tuesday, April 24, 2012, Ann Cody, BlazeSports Director of Policy and Global Outreach, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary during a hearing on The Department of Justice’s Guidance on Access to Pools and Spas Under the ADA.
Two recently introduced bills would prevent the Department of Justice from enforcing its own regulations and keep public pools from being accessible as required by the ADA. The House Judiciary Subcommittee on The Constitution hearing today is to discuss this legislation.
During her testimony today, Ann will share her professional experience from more than twenty years in recreation and sports industry including her work with BlazeSports assisting communities across the country and the world with providing access to sports and recreation for people with disabilities. A wheelchair user herself, Ann described the challenges of finding exercise options – particularly while traveling – and the benefits offered by swimming.
As Ann notes in her testimony, “just as for anyone, being physically active is critically important for people with disabilities. We are among the most sedentary, most obese minority groups in the country. Physical activity significantly enhances our physical, mental, social, and emotional wellbeing.” In fact, obesity rates for adults and children with disabilities are 57% and 38% higher, respectively, than rates for adults and children without disabilities (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Swimming is a highly desirable activity for many people with mobility impairments (more than 13 million Americans who use a wheelchair, walker, cane or other aid to assist in mobility) including returning veterans, as it enables individuals with disabilities to move freely with fewer limitations (U.S. Census).
For more information on the hearing, including the full witness list, visit: http://judiciary.house.gov/hearings/Hearings%202012/hear_04242012.html.
For more information on this issue, or to learn how you can weigh in on the topic with your elected officials, please contact Ann Cody at email@example.com