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Last month, Kirstyn Smith and Anne DeWitte spent an amazing morning at Planet Fitness in Penfield, New York discussing workout equipment accessibility for the visually impaired.
[caption id="attachment_255" align="alignnone" width="225"] Kirstyn Smith operating an elliptical with HALOS tactile overlays[/caption]
Access to exercise equipment is a problem for the visually impaired (The RNIB report).
There are over 100,000 people between ages 22-64 in NY with some type of visual impairment. (New York statistics on individuals with vision loss).
These statistics do not include all the baby boomers with cataracts and macular degeneration! This information shows that those with vision loss are a significantly under-served population.
An effort by Planet Fitness combined with a visually impaired consultant and the HALOS tactile overlays can make a big difference in the health and well-being of those with a visual impairment. What makes Planet Fitness a great fit is:
Attitude, "You Belong"
[caption id="attachment_257" align="alignnone" width="300"] Kirstyn Smith, "You Belong"[/caption]
Kirstyn smith stated in a passionate testimonial: "With minimal training I was able to work up a sweat on the treadmill and elliptical! I can't convey just how empowering it was to be able to feel my way through all the options these powerful machines offer. From individualized programs, to speed and incline, to the menu of TV channels, it was all at my fingertips (literally) and I didn't need to ask for sighted assistance!"
[caption id="attachment_256" align="alignnone" width="225"] Kirstyn Smith operating a Treadmill with the HALOS tactile overlays[/caption]
Anne DeWitte and Tangible Surface Research are working on collaborating to exhibit accessible Planet Fitness equipment at the June 2019 American Council of the Blind national convention to be held in Rochester, New York.
Anne DeWitte is the founder of Tangible Surface Research, LLC
Anne is a product developer who concentrates on tactile interface projects. The majority of Tangible Surface Research, LLC company's research and development serves the visually impaired community, most notably the HALOS tactile icon products. At the request of a Planet Fitness member, Anne is developing a silicone overlay for the treadmill and elliptical that uses a set of tactile icons to identify the exercise equipment features. The response to the overlay testing has been excellent! Anne looks forward to making these overlays available for all visually impaired people.
The Rochester Pioneers, a division of Rochester Area Blind Athletes Inc., is a team of visually impaired athletes who play an adapted version of baseball. We are seeking applicants for our team manager and for additional coaching staff. Please see job descriptions and application instructions below. For questions, please firstname.lastname@example.org or Call 585.364.2082
Reports directly to RABA, Inc. President
Attends semi-annual Board of Directors meeting and provides written account of activities, strategic planning, and spending
Works closely with team coach, captain, and marketing/social media specialists, communicating all relevant plans and information
Writes and submits grant proposals to fund annual operating costs, tournament fees, and travel (appx. $15K annually)
Organizes and executes team fundraising (appx. 5K annually)
Seeks sponsors and donors
Secures donor for practice field fees
Purchases necessary beep baseball equipment
Observes and pays all NBBA related fees and deadlines
Arranges all local and regional games and tournaments
Arranges for and purchases annual liability insurance
Arranges all flights and other travel plans for the team</;li>
Arranges all lodging for the team
Ensures that all communications are performed in accessible formats
Recruits new players and volunteers
Ensures that all volunteers have attended “Sensitivity to Blindness” training at ABVI-Goodwill
Works directly with webmaster to grow and maintain Rochester Pioneers page of RABA website
Actively gathers and distributes photos and video to individuals and shares with Rochester Pioneers/RABA social media sites, using Drop Box
Writes and sends all thank-you correspondence to donors, volunteers, and media
Engages media for local events
Develops and maintains relationships with local organizations to support our mission (e.g. ABVI, Camp Abilities, Camp Smile, Rochester area Lions Clubs, Frontier Telephone Pioneers, Monroe County Sports Commission)
Works with SJFC interns, meeting weekly for 1-2 hours
Orders uniforms and maintains inventory
Works closely with team manager and captain, communicating all relevant plans and information
Arranges practice schedule and location
Ensures safety of players on the field
Recruits new players and volunteers
Communicates all NBBA related information to the team
Keeps and maintains all beep baseball equipment
Assesses strengths of players and volunteers and provides instruction for improvement
Gathers score sheets and player statistics from scorekeepers and shares with players
Decides travel and game rosters, batting order, and defensive positioning and reports these to game officials and players
Determines defensive strategy with team captain and clearly communicates measurements and orientations
Instructs players and volunteers regularly regarding their roles and responsibilities
Runs pre-game warm ups
Communicates to team before each game regarding strategy, defensive and offensive positioning
Holds team meetings after game to review performance and statistics
The mission of Rochester Area Blind Athletes, Inc. is to provide athletic and recreational opportunities to people from youth to seniors in the greater Rochester, NY area who are living with vision loss. In fulfilling our mission, we promote healthy physical, emotional and social lifestyles and skill development, provide interactive educational opportunities, and instill in our members active participation in and appreciation for giving back to our community through volunteerism, social and professional networking.