People living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can now participate in mainstream gyms, with State Government support through the Care Through Fitness project.
Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron said five fitness and recreation centres in Byford, Morley, Rockingham, Belmont and Perth CBD had signed up to the program to open up gyms for people with ASD.
The Care Through Fitness project trains fitness professionals to cater for people with ASD in recreation and fitness centre-based activities.
Mr Waldron said the program had exceeded all anticipated outcomes and 115 new participants with ASD were now participating in mainstream gyms.
“This outstanding program is just another example of the work being undertaken by the Liberal National Government to break down barriers to participation in physical activity,” he said.
“For the first time ever, trainers within the fitness industry have an opportunity to be qualified through a nationally accredited training program that increases participation opportunities for those living with ASD.
“The training course has been developed in consultation with industry experts and has been nationally accredited through Fitness Australia.”
The Government, through the Department of Sport and Recreation, allocated $145,000 to the project over a two-year period from 2010.
“The Care through Fitness project complements programs such as the highly successful KidSport program - both are helping more and more people to have the opportunity to be part of sporting teams, clubs and the broader health and fitness sector,” the Minister said.
Department of Sport and Recreation currently working with Care Through Fitness to continue to develop the program
Participating centres are YMCAs in Byford, Morley and Perth CBD, and Belgravia Leisure centres in Rockingham and Belmont
Minister’s office - 6552 6100
Steven Doukakis with trainer Karl Enriquez-Nau at YMCA Morley Recreation Centre