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

Video presenting practical methods for including a student with a visual impairment in physical education.

Source: Statewide Vision Resource Centre, Victoria (Australia)

Information on audio description outside of the United States, including live theatre, television, movies, and DVDs.

Source: The Audio Description Project

IBGA provides introductory information to the sport, as well as a list of member countries and a calendar of events.

Source: International Blind Golf Association

IBSA offers information on specific sports, multimedia presentations, a calendar of international competitions, and links to numerous organizations; available in English and Spanish.

Here is a blog just for loom knitters, with additional references for knitters who are blind or visually impaired. Contemporary styles and patterns, plus eBooks you can buy right on the site.

Pdf list of camps in Iowa

Source: Iowa Camp List

This article provides suggestions to consider when approaching toilet training with a child who has a visual impairment.

Source: FamilyConnect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

This comprehensive primer includes step-by-step guidelines for the preparation of an audio description, principles, practical examples, and a discussion of the challenges that arise. Downloads as a Word document.

Source: Independent Television Commission (UK)

These pages include coaching tips, rules for the visually impaired in judo competitions, benefits of judo, and other related articles.

Advice for resuming crochet or knitting hobbies after vision loss.

Source: VisionAware

Through Krafters' Korner, blind crafters can join a listserv, take a class, and support each other in the pursuit of enjoyment or profitability from their handmade creations.

Source: National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
Leader Dog Summer Experience Camp
Rochester Hills, Michigan
Camp experience for 16-17 year-old students in Rochester Hills, Michigan
Full outdoor adventure camp experience, including living and working with an assigned Leader Dog. 
Maximum 20 participants, private rooms, camp and air travel expenses are paid. (apply online by April 1)
Source: Leader Dog

This yarn manufacturer offers many free knitting and crochet patterns at their website. Users can choose large print, plain text compatible with screen readers, or brailler-ready formats.

Lions Bear Lake Camp
Visually Impaired and Blind Youth Camp
3409 N. Five Lakes Road 
Lapeer, MI 48446 
Phone: 810-245-0726 Fax: 810-245-0750  

These aids and appliances are designed to help seniors with low vision to stay independent.

Source: National Federation of the Blind

(Formerly Maine Handicapped Skiing) Skiiers will find a description and photographs of different types of adaptations.

Camp Waban
5 Dunaway Dr., Sanford 04073
for New England residents
(207) 490-9759
Accessible camping facilities for rent; participants must be accompanied by caregiver.
Source: Camp Waban
Pine Tree Camp
Camp in Oakland, Maine
Pine Tree Camp offers a wide range of opportunities for people with disabilities and their families including overnight camp and day camp in the summer season as well as special programs in the fall, winter and spring.\
Source: Pine Tree Camp

Methods and techniques that make gardening simpler for those with a visual impairment. Topics include design, seedlings, tools, and maintenance.

For a personal narrative on the experience of judo from a person who is blind, read this blog entry, with additional links and resources.

Source: Fred's Head blog (APH)