Creating an Inclusive Massage Therapy Practice for Clients with Disabilities and Impairments
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Creating an Inclusive Massage Therapy Practice for Clients with Disabilities and Impairments

Author(s): Susan Salvo

2CE credits 14 Lessons Text

Improving access and promoting inclusion in your massage therapy practice means creating an environment where all individuals feel welcomed and valued. This course will help identify various barriers ranging from physical, communication, and procedural, that may affect access to massage services for a person with a disability. Using concepts of universal design, respectful language, and reasonable accommodations and modifications, explore how to create an equitable practice for all clients. With these new skills, you will never look at your practice the same way. 

When you finish this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify differences between impairments, disabilities and handicaps;
  • Discuss the history of disability rights;
  • Identify basic interaction guidelines, including person-first language and identity-first language;
  • Highlight concepts of accessibility, accommodation and the seven principles of universal design;
  • Explain health literacy and how it is used to reduce communication barriers;
  • Summarize impairments of mobility, sight, hearing, speech and health; and
  • Outline the roles and responsibilities of mandated reporters and voluntary reporters to protect our vulnerable populations.

  1. Impairments and Disabilities
  2. Defining Impairment, Disability and Handicap
  3. Interacting with Clients with Impairments and Disabilities
  4. Disabilities
  5. Accessibility for Disabled Americans
  6. Health Literacy and Reducing Communication Barriers
  7. Impairments and Massage
  8. Assistive Technologies and Your Clients
  9. Visual Impairment
  10. Hearing Impairment and Communication Disorders
  11. Speech Impairment
  12. Health Impairments
  13. The Duty to Protect
  14. References

Susan Salvo, EdD, BCTMB, LMT has over 30 years of experience in the massage therapy profession. She is a co-director of the LA Institute of Massage Therapy, and is a nationally known author and speaker who has written several massage textbooks and online courses.