I have been working in the field of exercise science for over 10 years now. I began working in strength and conditioning, transitioning into functional fitness for older adults, and then rehabilitative therapy which is when I met a client with multiple sclerosis. Working with him for two years really opened my eyes to what a fighting spirit really looks like and how little research and resources are available for people with disabilities. Because of this I knew I wanted to make an impact in the world helping people who have little help around them. then a little over a year ago I got a got with the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab as an exercise physiologist where everone I work with has a physical disability. My passion and dertermination to make our adaptive sports and fitness facility only increased and a few months later I became the manager of the adaptive fitness center.
Working for a non-profit organization means we need to put in the extra work in order to maintain and improve our facility. Over this past year I have made some changes to make out facility more accommodating, addiing a hydraulic mat table, an additional ski-ergometer, new leg velcro straps for our nu-step machines, and purchasing an EVA walker. I believe our facility is still behind the times with adaptive equipment for cardiovascular and resistance training with the ultimate goal of moving out of our facility to a much larger training center which would allow enough equipment and space for all members to manuever comfortably.
I am dedicated to meet this goal in the future and with any contribution you can help me achieve this goal to improve accessibility and quality of life for those impacted with an impairment from birth, an accident, or a progressive development.
Thank you for your time reading about my story.
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