PHYSICAL EDUCATION RESOURCES
By: Carmen Willings
Physical education is important for all students including those who are blind or visually impaired. The following is a list of possible adapted sports materials as well as resources for locating adapted sports equipment.
Winnick and Short. Brockport Physical Fitness: A Health-Related Test for Youth with Physical and Mental Disabilities. 1999. This criterion-referenced fitness standard is designed for youth ages 10 to 17 years and up with special needs.
GAMES for People with Sensory Impairments Strategies for Including Individuals of All Ages
This book from APH provides information on what to do, how to do it and why. It helps teachers locate games and activities that are appropriate for students with visual impairments. The Game Finder Key identifies each game by name, category, sport skill,physical and motor fitness, and fundamental motor patterns and skills.
Going Places, Resource Guide
This book, available through APH, provides transition guidelines for students with visual impairments. It is a resource guide for teens and young adults that promotes independent physical activity. It outlines a step-by-step process for choosing and participating in sports and other physical activities outside of the school arena.
Portable Sound Source, Sound Localization Guidebook: Activities for Developing Sound Localization Skills
This book, available through APH, provides teachers of young learners who are visually impaired with specific activities that may be used to develop sound localization skills. Group games are presented to practice those skills.
APH, The American Printing House for the Blind offers a wealth of information on Adapted P.E. for students with visual impairments. Resource areas include: PE programs, organizations, advocacy, articles, books, equipment events, features, magazines, mailing lists, national services, products, regional and state resources, sport camps, technology, toys and games, videos and websites.
Beep Kickball is an adapted sport for people who are visually impaired or blind. It is played on a flat grassy field with a ball that beeps and two bases that buzz. There is no second base, no throwing the ball and no running around all the bases. There are six players on each team and everyone wears a blindfold to equalize the differences in vision. Detailed rules of play can be found on the Beep Kickball Association's official website!
Flaghouse is a supplier that offers resources for physical activity, recreation, education and special needs. Adapted Physical Education materials include beeper balls, a beeper baseball kit, beeper box set.
Foundation for the Junior Blind
The Foundation for the Junior Blind provides recreational services for children who are blind or visually impaired.
USABA is a national organization that provides sports opportunities to thousands of children, youth, adults and veterans who are blind and visually impaired. In addition to providing people who are blind and visually impaired with athletic opportunities, the second part of USABA's mission is to change society's negative stereotypes concerning the abilities of blind people as well as other disabled individuals. Combating stereotypes is achieved by both educating the public through various media avenues as well as by training athletes to enter schools and community organizations to directly address disability issues.
30-Love Tennis Kit
This kit, available from APH, provides students who are blind or visually impaired access to game of tennis. The kit includes 2 blindfolds, 2 rackets, a set of 6 sound-adapted tennis balls along with a guidebook.
APH Sound Balls
This two-tone sound ball from APH is designed to accommodate individuals who wear hearing aids and who may have difficulty hearing higher pitched sounds. It helps students with visual impairments to throw, catch, and kick a ball when they are young in order to participate in sports when they get older.
Beeping Soccer Ball
This beeping soccer ball is available commercially. The ball provides audio guide during play and has a built in on and off switch.
This ball, developed by Sporttime, is a battery operated ball that is commercially available for purchase. The ball provides audio guide during play and has a built in on and off switch.
Create your own beeper balls for a fraction of the price using the Beeper Box that is available from braillebookstore.com!
Jump Rope to Fitness Kit
This kit, available from APH, provides individuals with visual impairments the tools to jump rope independently, learn specific skills, and set goals. It includes three different styles of jump ropes and a mat for shock absorption that defines a safe space in which to jump.
Portable Sound Source
This portable sound source from APH creates audio tones that provide directional cues for orientation and mobility, sound localization training, or for playground games and sports. It produces continuous sounds, allowing for the option to create slurring effects by slowly or quickly turning the knobs.
Portable Sound Source, Sport Edition
This portable sound source from APH allows teachers to create audio tones that provide directional cues for orientation and mobility, sound localization training, or for playground games and sports.
Walk-Run for Fitness Kit
This Kit,available from APH, includes a personal guidewire system that can be set up in a backyard, school, or park. If running or walking with a human guide, you can use the kits adjustable tether, which is long enough to accommodate wheelchair users.
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