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

Abilities Unlimited: Kamp for Kids/Camp Togowauk
Westfield, Massachusetts
Integrated; for residents of Western Massachusetts.
Source: Abilities Unlimited
Arlington Recreation: Club Rec
Arlington, Masachusetts
(781) 316-3880
Arlington residents have priority, others welcome if room.
Source: Arlington Recreation
Barnstable Recreation
Barnstable, Massachusetts
(508) 790-6345
Day programs for Barnstable residents.
Source: Barnstable Recreation
Natick Recreation and Parks: Camp Arrowhead
Natick, Massachusetts
(508) 647-6530
For Greater Boston residents.
Source: Camp Arrowhead
Girl Scouts of Spar of Spar and Spindle Council: Camp Maude Eaton
North Andover, Massachusetts
For Merrimack Valley residents.
Source: Girl Scouts of Eastern MA
Greater Waltham ARC: Inclusive Summer Day Camp Program
Waltham Massachusetts
(781) 899-1344
Inclusive day camp programs.
Source: Opportunities for Inlcusion
Hampshire Regional YMCA
Northampton Massachusetts
(413) 584-7086
For Northampton area residents.
Source: Hampshire Regional
Ironstone Farm
Andover, Massachusetts
(978) 475-4056
For New England residents. Therapeutic riding program for children with special needs.
Source: Iron Stone Farm
Newton Parks and Recreation: Newton Therapeutic Recreation Program
Newton, Massachusetts
(617) 796-1527
For local area residents. Recreational programs for children with special needs.
Source: Newton Mass
Perkins School for the Blind
Watertown, Massachusetts
(617) 972-7434; (617) 972-7586 FAX
For New England residents. Referral required; Outreach Programs and summer programs.
Source: Perkins School for the Blind
Springfield Parks Department: Camp Star
Camp in Forest Park
Springfield, Massachusetts
(413) 787-7779
For Springfield area residents. Program for children with disabilities served under the 766 program.
Source: Camp Star
United Cerebral Palsy/Northern Berkshire Support Services: Sports and Recreation Program
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
For residents of northern Berkshire Co. with diagnosed disabilities.
Source: Northern Berkshire Support Services

WGBH Media Access Group is dedicated to providing access to present and future media for people with disabilities.

Lions Bear Lake Camp
Lapeer, Michigan
Phone: 810-245-0726
Visually Impaired and Blind Youth Camp
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Youth Camp and Family Camp
Camp  Dakota (sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation Michigan Chapter)
Source: Lions Bear Lake Camp

This San Antonio Wonderland opened in 2010 as the first family amusement designed with ultra-accessibility in mind. The 25-acre park and playland accommodates guests of all abilities on its rides, playscapes, theatres, and comfort stations

Music for the Blind offers music lessons through downloadable (or tape/CD) lessons for more than a dozen instruments, all by ear. Many of the lessons are available through the National Library Service program.

Source: Music for the Blind

This site informs on all aspects of Beep Baseball, including an equipment list, game rules, a pitcher's guide, and a defense manual. It also features a Beep Baseball Podcast, with news and stories behind the game.

Sponsors multiple summer and winter camps at various locations across the United States.
Requirements, applications, and fees vary by location. Visit camps’ website for specific summer or winter camp locations and application information.
Source: National Camps for Blind Children

"This site provides information and resources that can enable people with disabilities to become as physically active as they choose to be."

NSCD is one of the nation's largest therapeutic recreational organizations. The site provides links and resources, including a list of adaptive programs around the country.