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Special Needs Fitness: Shapes Body and Mind


Join Dr. Holmes as she discusses the importance of physical fitness for the special needs population. She will be interviewing Tony D’Orazio about his organization Jacob’s Ladder Fitness and his journey of fathering Jake which he calls “down right joy.” Jakes’s interest in physical fitness helped with the passion to start Jacob’s Ladder fitness. Tony will share how physical fitness and a place/community to help shape an individual physically, mentally, and even spiritually through building a sense of purpose and belonging.

Tony is a graduate of Ohio Northern University. His training and career include working in child care as well as working with disadvantaged and challenged adolescent boys as a case manager of a group home. He has had a successful 25-year business career as a major account executive for a national disability and workers compensation organization. He is the founder of Jacob’s Ladder Special Needs Fitness in 2011 for the purpose of providing exercise and fitness for those with special needs shaping physical, spiritual, and mental health.

He is the father of three, and lives in Ohio with his wife, Karen, and son Jake, who brings “down right joy.” He is the author of the soon to be released book this year, “Down Right Joy!”

Find out more about Jacob’s Ladder Fitness at

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