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Disability Inclusion

The Charles County Department of Health began the Charles County Health for All coalition in 2020.

Vision of Charles County Health for All Coalition

All Charles County residents will have equal access to community programs to help them lead a healthy lifestyle (with a focus on physical activity and nutrition).

Mission of the Charles County Health for All Coalition

Our mission is to help people with disabilities lead a healthy lifestyle in their own community by:

  • Advertising all programs available where people with disabilities will be able to view them
  • Increase the number of programs offered to all people 
  • Increasing the use of health promotion resources, tools and inclusion strategies
  • Eliminate barriers for people with disabilities who wish to attend community programs

It's Time To Face The Facts

3x

Adults with disability are more likely to have a serious chronic disease.

50%

Nearly half of all adults with disability get no aerobic physical activity.

58%

Obesity rates for adults with disability are higher than for adults without disability.

38%

Obesity rates for children with disability are higher than for children without disability.

4x

Physical activity is lower for children and youth with disability than their peers without disability.

20%

These facts and many more affect the 56 million Americans living with disability, a substantial portion of the population.

Facts from www.committoinclusion.org

Get The Facts

View the links below to see the disparities that exist in the rates of obesity and physical activity among persons with and without disabilities.

What is Disability Inclusion?

  1. Including people with disabilities in everyday activities and encouraging them to have roles similar to their peers who do not have a disability is disability inclusion.This involves more than simply encouraging people; it requires making sure that adequate policies and practices are in effect in a community or organization.
  2. Inclusion should lead to increased participation in socially expected life roles and activities—such as being a student, worker, friend, community member, patient, spouse, partner, or parent.

If you would like to join our coalition, please call Angela Deal, 301-609-6885.

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