Our Mission

The mission of Gathering Strength, Inc. is to:

Empower people with physically disabling conditions to maintain and improve their health and wellness. Provide, advocate for, and improve access to health-promoting physical activity and recreation. Support, promote, and provide education and research programs that improve, and increase understanding of, the health and wellness of people with disabling conditions.

Why it Matters

  • People with disabilities are the largest minority group in the U.S., making up 27.2% of the population of the United States (according to Census Bureau 2014 report on prevalence using Social Security data). People with “severe disability” make up 17.6%, and people with upper and lower extremity “functional limitations” make up 15.4%, of the population.
  • Each of us is only one car accident, one slip and fall, one faulty blood vessel, one diagnosis away from a chronic disabling condition.
  • People with disabling conditions, such as spinal cord injuries and strokes, are more susceptible to chronic secondary health conditions than the general population–including cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, the risks of which can be improved with physical activity and exercise.

Inclusive Digital Access Pilot Project

This project is made possible by a Rapid Response Grant from the Disability Inclusion Fund–a donor collaborative housed at Borealis Philanthropy.

With this pilot project GS hopes to increase inclusion, decrease isolation, and improve health and wellness of people with physically disabling conditions, who live on low incomes, especially during the Covid-19 crisis, by lowering barriers to internet access so they can participate in Gathering Strength’s (now online) health and wellness activities as well as other vital online community resources.
For information on GS’s online classes click on “Classes” in the menu above.

The project described was supported by Grant Number 90PRRC0001-01-00 from the Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the Wellness Edge staff and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Administration for Community Living Or HHS

Get Inspired

Gathering Strength Inc., helps people with disabling conditions, such as spinal cord injury and stroke, to engage in therapeutic physical activity.  Gathering Strength collaborates with Frazier Rehab Institute’s Community Fitness and Wellness program in Louisville, Ky to provide a wide variety of accessible exercise opportunitites.

Click on a picture, or visit the “Get Inspired” page, to read more and see videos of people engaging in therapeutic exercise.

Helpful Information

Resources below include some helpful advice, interesting research, and practical guidelines on how to maintain and improve fitness and wellness while living with a disabling condition, such as spinal cord injury or stroke. (We do not specifically endorse or affirm any third-party’s information; please use your own, best judgment in evaluating it.)

Therapeutic Exercise Facilities:

Nutrition, Stress Reduction, Etc.

Peer Support:

Caregiver support:

Exercise Guidelines:

Exercise Videos: