Via Ruth, Disabled, and Shut Out at the Gym:
Health clubs are among the last public places in the United States to become broadly accessible to the physically disabled, say advocates for people who are blind, deaf or in wheelchairs. Some clubs lack the ramps and wide doors that they are required to provide “? like schools, restaurants, theaters and office buildings “? under the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990.
But even when health clubs have such basic accommodations, the disabled are often shut out because getting through the door is only the beginning. The exercise equipment must be accessible, too.