The CHII is a set of survey tools used to evaluate the extent to which healthy living resources are made available to all members of the community, including those with disabilities. The two key areas defined to aid in the promotion of healthy living are physical activity and eating healthy. This was designed due to the clear disparities present in these two categories for those with and without disabilities. CHII uses commonly accepted framework for community assessment in: schools, work sites, healthcare sites, community organizations, and the community at-large. Information gathered from the CHII helps to bridge gaps facing communities with regard to inclusion.
This program provides healthy services for the most under-served. Its events educate Special Olympics Athletes on healthy lifestyle choices and helps identify health concerns that may need additional follow-up (i.e., height and weight, blood pressure readings, etc.). Through Healthy Athletes, more than 155,000 health care professionals and students have been trained to serve people with intellectual disabilities. It offers services in seven different areas:
- Fit Feet (podiatry)
- FUNfitness (physical therapy)
- Health Promotion (better health and well-being)
- Healthy Hearing (audiology)
- Healthy Minds (mental health)
- MedFest (sports physical exam)
- Special Olympics- Lions Club International Opening Eyes (vision)
- Special Smiles (dentistry)
NCHPAD is a public health resource that provides wellness and fitness tips for those living with disabilities. The organization promotes inclusive activities and consults with individuals with disabilities, families, policy makers, and health care practitioners in the creation of their materials. The website provides an extensive and diverse wealth of information and resources for a broad range of disabilities. These resources include: news and journal articles, videos, trainings, and more!