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Health + Advocacy + Inclusion

Gathering Strength for Living Your Best Life

Our mission is to empower people with physically disabling conditions to achieve better health, increase self-sufficiency, and become more engaged in the community.

Gathering Strength believes that equitable access to health and wellness resources is a social justice issue.  Accessible, health-promoting physical activity is vital for people with disabilities to improve and maintain their health for a lifetime.

Community Fitness & Wellness Gym 

Gathering Strength partners with Frazier Rehab Institute in Louisville, Kentucky to support the Community Fitness and Wellness (CFW) gym. CFW is the only fully accessible gym, specifically for people with disabling conditions in the region.

On-Line Health & Wellness Classes

Gathering Strength offers a wide variety of online health and wellness classes including adapted cardiovascular and strength training, stress reduction, yoga, as well as online educational events. Recordings of past classes are available.

Helpful Resources

Click the button below to find a list of helpful Resources to Support People with Disabilities and Their Families.

The resources include some helpful advice, interesting research, and practical guidelines on maintaining and improving fitness and wellness while living with a disabling condition, such as spinal cord injury or stroke.

Resources for SCI Survivors of Violence

Gathering Strength is collaborating with Pushing forward, a Louisville nonprofit, to provide assistance to newly injured spinal cord injury survivors of violence.

The goal of this project is to make the transition to home easier by assisting with wheelchair storage needs, bathing needs, and minor home modifications to improve independence and accessibility. For more information email:

Inclusion and Advocacy

For the good of the community and the individual with a disability, community spaces must be inclusive. One barrier to inclusion is the lack of accessible parking. The public remains uninformed about the need to keep accessible parking spaces available for people with disabilities, and accessible parking laws are inadequately thorough and inadequately enforced. Gathering Strength seeks to improve state and local parking laws, better educate the public, and organize support for both endeavors

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) entitles people with disabilities to full and equal access to healthcare services. Healthcare providers should have accessible offices and exam rooms, accessible exam and diagnostic equipment, and should provide reasonable assistance to enable patients to receive medical care. Gathering Strength works to make these vital community resources accessible.