Exercise programs and physical fitness centers need to accommodate children with special needs. Unfortunately, there are very few doing so. This is a problem because, over the last 10 years, the population of children with special needs has increased over 165%. According to Autism Speaks, the diagnosis of autism affects 1 in 45 children.
As this segment of our population continues to grow, we need a better understanding of autism and other disabilities. It is important that we offer programs and treatment for both children and adults with disabilities. While many early intervention and cognitive programs have become available, there is still a lapse in the accessibility of fitness programs.