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

Listing of Netflix titles available with audio description, as well as background information on the project

Source: American Council of the Blind (ACB)
Camp Allen
Bedford, New Hampshire
(603) 622-8471
 
Source: Camp Allen
For residents of northeastern US. Helps students of all abilities learn how to ski.
 
Source: Loom Mountain
Camp Abilities Brockport
The College at Brockport, State University of New York
Brockport, NY
Phone: (585) 395-5361
 
Source: Camp Abilities
Camp Abilities Long Island
(631)-432-0569
Adelphi University in Garden City, New York
 
Source: Camp Abilities
Camp Abilities Saratoga
Saratoga Springs, New York
Phone: 518-290-7050
 
Source: Camp Abilities
Clover Patch Camp
Glenville, New York
(518) 384-3042
 
Source: Clover Patch Camp
Double 'H' Hole in the Woods Ranch
Lake Luzerne, New York
(518) 696-5676
 
The Double H Ranch, co-founded by Charles R. Wood and Paul Newman, provides specialized programs and year-round support for children and their families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. All programs are FREE of charge and capture the magic of the Adirondacks.
 
Source: Double H Ranch
Hidden Valley Camp
Fishkill, New York
(1-800)-367-0003
 
Source: The Fresh Air Fund

OUB Camps: Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind provides 5-7 weeks of summer camp each year for children and young adults who are blind or low vision.  At least half of the staff are also blind or low vision, providing the best in mentorship opportunities.  Each week focuses on the fun that most kids have at summer camp combined with practice in daily living skills, social skills, field trips, service projects and more. OUB specializes in teaching cooking to campers as young as 7 and go on Adventure Trips with kids as young as 10.  They seek to help build campers’ self-esteem, confidence and skills of independence. Located on the west side of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

ADP, an initiative of the American Council of the Blind, advises on what to describe, how to describe, and how to prepare.

Source: The Audio Description Project (ADP)
Find more Camp Ability locations located in:
Massachusetts, Ireland, Bangladesh, Portugal, Utah, Costa Rica, Olympia, Puerto Rico
 
 

 

Source: Camp Abilities

Collection of resources compiled for use in a three-year study on parent-child physical activity intervention among families of children with visual impairments.

Source: American Printing House for the Blind

A listing of theaters in the United States that offer audio description

Source: American Council of the Blind Audio Description Project

Parents will find many suggestions to parents on how they can help their children to "make the grade" in physical education.

Source: FamilyConnect

This article in JOPERD: Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance by Lauren Lieberman, Monica Lepore, Maria Lepore-Stevens, and Lindsay Ball offers suggestions for accommodations and modifications for the inclusive physical education class and instructional strategies for including students with visual impairment or blindness.

Source: AAHPERD

NPR maintains a community-edited guide to accessible playgrounds. Over 1000 listed parks and playspaces, including ideas for inclusion within your own neighborhood.

Source: National Public Radio

Many people with blindness, low vision, and vision loss want to continue enjoying Bingo; card games, such as bridge and poker; board games, such as Monopoly, Scrabble, checkers, and dominoes; and audio computer games.

In this section, we'll introduce you to a wide range of adapted card and board games that will enable you to continue with your favorite leisure pursuits.

Source: Vision Aware

NCPAD provides guidelines, basic considerations, materials, rules, and the principles of adaptations in recreation programs and activities.

Source: National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD)

Advice for prevention of vision loss includes wearing sunglasses, eating a healthy diet, installing good lighting, and much more. Also available in French.

Source: Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)

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