first_imgFEATURES: A new initiative that enables people living with physical and  intellectual disabilities to get active within their community has been  launched in Donegal. Spearheaded by Letterkenny Chartered Physiotherapist, Johnny Loughrey and his team, the ‘No Barriers’ Programme aims to break down any actual and perceived barriers to physical activity for people living with physical and intellectual  disabilities. ‘No Barriers’ is designed to improve physical and mental health through  evidence based physiotherapy, exercise and nutritional support.The JT  Physio team worked in close partnership with the Little Angels School  and St. Eunan’s College Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Unit to develop the programme.The overall goal is to encourage greater levels  of independence for those with physical and intellectual disabilities, by improving their strength and physical fitness, while also facilitating integration into group exercise within their community.Commenting on the ‘No Barriers’ Programme, Johnny Loughrey, JT  Physiotherapy, told Donegal Daily, “This project is very close to our hearts and we’re extremely proud to be associated with it. “I work very closely  with the Irish Paralympics team and they are such an inspirationalgroup of athletes who, regardless of their disabilities, have achieved  so much”.“Often, people are conditioned to believe that their disabilities limit  them from achieving things which, in actual fact, they are more than capable of.“Here at JT Physiotherapy, we encourage people to realise that it’s ok to have a different baseline of fitness and level of  functional ability from the general population; however, the principles of exercise are the same – small increases in strength/mobility over  time reap big results.“There should be no barriers to getting fitter and living longer.”“Our vision is to create a friendly, positive and inclusive centre that  caters for both people with disabilities and the wider general public.“We want to build a space that acts as a social outlet for all members  of the community to engage in a positive activity together.” Adding to this, Sharon Gildea, St. Eunan’s College said: “From the  point of view of St. Eunan’s College ASD Unit, our experience with the No Barriers Programme has been exceptional.We have been privileged  to work with consummate professionals, who have proven themselves to be highly knowledgeable and empathetic in their interactions with the boys.The boys have benefited so much from their time with the  No Barriers Programme.“Weekly classes with Johnny and the team have  provided them with sensory feedback, occupational therapy and many new opportunities for social interaction. “We feel so fortunate to have been chosen by the No Barriers Programme as a pilot school, and look forward to working with this amazing organisation long into the future.”The ‘No Barriers’ Programme is funded entirely through JT Physiotherapy and currently runs group exercise classes for Little Angel’s National  School and St. Eunan’s College ASD Unit.JT PHYSIOTHERAPY LAUNCHES AMAZING NEW ‘NO BARRIERS’ INITIATIVE was last modified: May 27th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:FeatureshealthInitiativeIntellectual DisabilityJT PhysiotherapynewsProgrammeSportlast_img read more