Recreation and Leisure Resources

This section includes a wide range of information on recreational opportunities for individuals who are blind or visually impaired, from ideas for toys and play for young children to hobbies for older adults with visual impairments.

Recreation and Leisure are part of the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) for students who are blind or visually impaired. These skills promote the enjoyment of leisure activities, including learning new activities and making choices about how to spend leisure time

The 21st CCVAA is a long and complex document. You may find answers to most of your questions in this summary.

Source: Federal Communications Commission

This is a catalog of audio-described videos available for purchase.

Source: Media Access Group at WGBH

A selected list of museums with exhibit consideration for people who are blind or visually impaired, such as touch-tours and multi-sensory exhibits

Source: New York Public Library

This site provides information about how to become an adapted physical education instructor, how IEPs are tied to Physical Education, the role of the adapted phys. ed. teacher, national standards and certification, and adapted physical education for students who are blind or visually impaired.

Source: PEteacherEDU.org

This 7-minute video was created by Elina Mullen, Ed.D. and demonstrates different types of equipment for various sports, such as hockey, racquet games, and more.

Source: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

An overview of the service and how to get access to it. This page also offers many links to further information.

Source: The Audio Description Project

ABSF is committed to serving blind and visually impaired children and adults, giving them the opportunities and experiences that build confidence and independence that can last a lifetime.

Source: American Blind Skiing Foundation

The American Camp Association is a community of camp professionals who ensure the quality of camp programs. As a leading authority in child development, the ACA works to preserve, promote, and improve the camp experience.

Source: American Camp Association

This list compiled by the American Printing House includes recorded presentations and interviews going back to August 2005. Links here launch a player to listen online

Source: American Printing House for the Blind

Apple picking is a seasonal sensory experience that can be fun for kids of all abilities!

Source: Sensory Sun

Your vision may have changed, but it's unlikely your imagination has! Simple everyday arts and crafts can be inspired by any product, any experience, at any time. Here are some ideas to try if you are blind or have low vision.

Source: Vision Aware

ADP lists television programs by network, and gives instructions for enabling the service on home TVs.

Source: The Audio Description Project

Information about blindness, education and development, independent movement and travel, sports, games, and leisure activities can be found on this site.

Rick Harmon manages the Geek Zone's lists of helpful resources, including "audio tutorials, gadget demonstrations, useful links and programs, and a community of tech gurus...."

Blind Sailing International is considered the governing body for competitive international sailing for persons who are blind or vision impaired. The Blind Sailing International's site offers general racing rules and boat information.

Source: Blind Sailing International

The "governing body for competitive international sailing for persons who are blind or vision impaired,"  Blind Sailing International's site offers general racing rules and boat information.

Pat Munson, a longtime leader of the NFB, describes her life as a gardener. 

Source: NFB/Braille Monitor, February 2006
Camp Abilities 
Developmental sports camp for children who are visually impaired, blind, or deaf-blind. The Camp Abilities model is expanding to other locations including Long Island, NY, Alaska, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Florida, Puerto Rico, Maryland, California, Texas, Guatemala, and Ireland. Efforts are also under way to create new camps in Costa Rica.
 
Overview of Camp Abilities
Professor of adapted physical education an co-founder Lauren Lieberman provides an overview of the Camp Abilities history and mission.  This interview is also available in audio.
Camp Abilities at Lake Joe CNIB
MacTier, Ontario
 
Source: Camp Abilities
Camp Abilities Brazil
Headed by Joslei Souza
 
Source: Camp Abilities

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