Joining the Gym

About this Project

DDWA is pleased to announce the launch of the Joining the Gym Project.

This ILC funded grant initiative aims to build capacity with community fitness centres and gyms to support the participation of people with intellectual disability and complex communication needs.

What are we doing?

Many people who go to the gym not only enjoy the sense of achievement of working out - from getting stronger to losing weight - but also the social aspects of getting to know other gym goers.

Over the next 9 months the Joining the Gym Project will develop an online training package for staff in fitness centres and private gyms to address gaps in knowledge and increase skills and confidence to support people with intellectual disability and complex communication needs at their centres.

We’ll also be developing easy to understand resources for people with disability to answer common questions about going to the gym.

person with intellectual disability at the gym

How can you get involved?

We are seeking the views of people with an intellectual disability and complex communication needs, their family members and support workers.

To get started, we’ve created a short, confidential survey for you to share your ideas with us.

Later, we will be seeking expressions of interests from people with intellectual disability to participate in the Joining the Gym Project focus group, which will help explore, test and shape the content of the online resources during the development phase. Stay tuned for information about how to apply.

To learn more about getting involved, please contact:

or contact the DDWA Main Office on 9420 7203

picture of gym shoes and gym equipment