231091 Universal Yoga at the University at Buffalo

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 : 3:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Susan Mann Dolce, PhD , Disability Services, Division of Student Affairs, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
Sherri Darrow, PhD , Wellness Education Services, Divison of Student Affairs, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
Universal Yoga (UY) was developed in response to interview data from students with disabilities who indicated their interest in participating in yoga at the University at Buffalo, as well as information from the 2007 implementation of the National College Health Assessment (n=2,000). UY is grounded in the work of Mathew Sanford on transforming disability (mindbodysolutions.org) and based on continued collaborative training and study with Mr. Sanford. Weekly student outcome data and semester review guides the continued development of the UY program. UY is designed and taught for full participation by all students. It is based on principles of Universal Design and the WHO's International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health. Universal design supports the mission of campus health promotion, that is, to improve the health of students in the broadest sense, to reduce risks, to increase academic success and personal satisfaction, and to work toward the genuine health of the whole campus community. Universal Yoga provides a bridge for putting theory into practice by providing meaningful activity for individual students, creating opportunities for students with varying abilities to participate in student-life activities. The video is based on interviews with students with and without disabilities, Mathew Sanford, Director of Wellness Education Services and one of the UY yoga teachers. The interviews are interspersed with footage from six UY classes during the spring 2009 semester.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Chronic disease management and prevention
Diversity and culture
Other professions or practice related to public health
Program planning
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines

Learning Objectives:
1. Explain the concept of Universal Yoga. 2. Describe the relationship of Universal Yoga to the World Health Organization International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). 3. Describe Universal Yoga concepts and their relationship to universal-design principles. 4. Discuss the relationship of Universal Yoga to health promotion. 5. Identify features of collaborative programming on a college campus.

Keywords: Access, Health Promotion

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Because I have 30 years of experience working as an Occupational Therapist with persons with disabilities, am a university Disability Services professional, adjunct faculty in the School of Public Health and Health Professions and registered yoga teacher.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.