Gym for Nevada residents with special needs opens in Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – Nevadans with special needs “work out” at a one-of-a-kind fitness facility in Nevada, The Ability Center aims to improve quality of life through fitness.

“After working with a young girl with Down syndrome, many other parents started reaching out to me about their children’s health and fitness. At that point, we knew we had something,” said Chris Salas, founder of The Ability Center.

The gymnasium, located off Durango near Russell, is designed in the hope of improving the physical health and general well-being of people with special needs.

“Exercise hasn’t been readily available to the special needs community,” Salas said.

That’s why The Ability Center focuses on just that: abilities.

“We’re going to take all the physical abilities you have. We’re going to showcase it, harness it, to give you a better quality of life through fitness,” Salas said.

It is the first sensory gym in the state of Nevada.

“We provide a different setting for these people to thrive,” Salas said.

The gym aims to develop communication, motor skills and mobility of gym-goers through physical fitness.

“We are able to control lights, sounds, images,” Salas said. “Let’s say your son or daughter isn’t used to hearing noise or seeing flashing lights, and wants to go to a Vegas Golden Knights game. We are able to make them look on flashing lights. I can press a button on my phone and make a sound in the room that sounds like a roaring crowd. We are therefore able to prepare them for certain sensory overloads. »

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