BOSTON – Inclusive Fitness and the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism are joining forces to create greater access to high-quality, consistent fitness programming for neurodivergent people.

The enormous, but overlooked, gap in exercise programming for neurodivergent people in Boston and across the U.S. is having a severe impact on their quality of life. It is estimated that about forty million Americans have an intellectual disability or delay (IDD).

Research has found that by nine years of age, most are much less active than their neurotypical peers. By the time they are 18, most get almost no daily physical exercise.

The consequences of such a profound lack of physical activity results in higher rates of many preventable conditions (including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis) and injury from accidents that could potentially be avoided or be less severe if people had greater strength, stamina, and stability.

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