These skills and experiences provide the same benefits for students who are blind or visually impaired as they do for their peers who are sighted (e.g., healthy lifestyle, fitness, shared peer interests). However, without modifications and/or specific instruction to master prerequisite skills, students who are blind or visually impaired are frequently excluded from such activities. Many of the motor skills learned during the rough and tumble play of childhood activities do not develop naturally in students who are blind or visually impaired. As well, if initial exposure to specific activities is cumbersome or their level of participation or success below that of their peers, students who are blind or visually impaired may become easily discouraged. The provision of specific, timely instruction and opportunities to practice newly acquired skills will ensure students derive pleasure from participation in an array of recreational and leisure activities.
The Alberta Sports and Recreation Association for the Blind (ASRAB) is a volunteer-based association committed to supporting persons with visual impairments in Alberta. In addition to providing support for competitive athletes, they offer sports camps, clinics and summer recreation programs.
Canadian Blind Sports
Provides links to many other sites related to sports and recreational activities for the blind.
The British Columbia Blind Sports and Recreation Association have created a DVD and a Resource Guide entitled Encouraging Physical Activity for Preschoolers with Visual Impairment. Both of these resources are available for purchase from their website.
Perkins School on Recreation
This site by the Perkins School for the Blind provides a list of articles related to toys, games and recreation activities for young people.
International Blind Sport Federation
This is a link to the International Blind Sport Federation (IBSA)’s website. IBSA is an international organization that works to promote and support the involvement the blind in many different sports and at many different levels, including the Paralympic games.