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

USABA provides a list of competition-approved adaptations for many sports, including gymnastics, cycling, swimming, skiing, track & field, and distance running.

Source: US Association of Blind Athletes (USABA)

Video clips provide an introduction to the sport, including the history, the role of the coach, and rules. There are many additional links to articles and related resources.

Source: United States Blind Golfers Association
Vacation Camp for the Blind
New York, New York
(888) 245-8333; (212) 625-1616
Many activities for children who are blind or visually impaired
Source: Visions
Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sport
Killington, Vermont
(802) 786-4991
Year-round programs, summer day camps for children with disabilities.
Source: Vermont Adaptive

This site includes information on adaptive sports, techniques and equipment.

VisionAWARE lists associations serving the recreation needs of people with blindness or low vision; some sites include information on adapted equipment and safety tips.

Source: VisionAWARE

How to create an easily navigated garden of sensory delights for people who are visually impaired.

Source: Gardening Know How

For Crafters Who Can Do It with Their Eyes Closed. This site is written by people who are blind who love to knit and includes suggestions on how to learn to knit without sight.

YMCA Camp Ockanickon
Medford, New Jersey
Phone: 609-654-8225
Source: YMCA Camps

For our UK community, a list of captioned and described films currently playing in theatres. Latest DVD releases in the UK are also found here.

Missouri School for the Blind
St. Louis, Missouri
Source: Camp Abilities