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

Easter Seals Camp ASCCA
Jackson's Gap, Alabama
Phone: 800.843.2267
Source: Easterseals

Easterseals camping and recreation programs serve children, adults and families of all abilities.

Locations at: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin

Use the link to find out more about a camp near you.

Source: Easterseals
Easter Seals Camp Hemlocks
Hebron, Connecticut
 
 
Source: Easterseals
Easter Seals New Hampshire Camping Program
Manchester, New Hampshire
 
Integrated program for children of all levels of ability.
 
Source: Easterseals

Enabling Devices is dedicated to developing affordable learning and assistive devices to help people of all ages with disabling conditions. This section of their website features toys suitable for children with visual impairments.

Explore techniques for gardeners who are blind or visually impaired.

Source: Infinitec

Darren Burton and Lee Huffman discuss some of the issues involved in working out at your local gym or fitness center and the accessibility of various types of exercise equipment.

Source: AFB Access World

Lauren Lieberman outlines techniques to promote fitness at home and in the community, with recommendations and resources.

Source: The National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability

Detailed information on container gardening, including labeling tips and selection of soil and containers; includes a list of plants that grow well in containers.

Source: VisionAware

This 96-page publication has sections on design, safety, garden warm-up exercises, adaptive tools and devices, strategies for the visually impaired, and additional resources

Gardening can be a wonderful sensory experience. A number of simple tips can reduce the workload and increase your sensory pleasure. 

Source: Vision Aware

How to make a simple garden accessible for kids who are visually impaired along with tips for books to read with your child about gardening.

Source: WonderBaby.org

The joys of woodworking. Includes safety tips. 

Source: Vision Aware
Guide Dogs for the Blind
Sandy, Oregon
 
Seven qualified blind and visually impaired teens aged 14 to 17 are selected to explore the companionship, independence and responsibility of the Guide Dog mobility lifestyle. Campers will stay in our student residence, and will need to be able to care for their own activities of daily living.  Call to apply.
 
Source: Guide Dogs for the Blind

In this 2-page PDF document, Elizabeth Kahn offers guidelines for creating accessible presentations, and a list of resources for equipment. Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Source: Described and Captioned Media Program

Highbrook Lodge is a traditional residential summer camp experience for adults, children and families who are blind or visually impaired.

Source: Cleveland Sight Center

A brief explanation of the typical adaptations to competitive sports that accommodate for visual impairment.

Source: Wired Magazine

Doris Willoughby shares many practical ideas for adapting activities, with specific suggestions for racing, ball games, target games, and trampoline.

Source: Blind Children's Resource Center

Advice for making your garden safe and accessible after experiencing vision loss.

Source: Kent Association for the Blind

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