Individuals who are blind or visually impaired will typically need instructional and material adaptations to access recreational activities. Adaptive equipment can allow students who are blind or visually impaired to participate in recreational activities.
Sources for Adapted Equipment Resources
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.
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.
Adaptap is a lane navigation system for swimmers with visual impairments and blindness. It is a plasic saddle that is clamped to a swimming pool anti wave line. It enables them to swim faster, straighter, and more confidently.
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 beeping basketball is available commercially. The basketball comes with double bells inside, and a directional beeper.
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 Amazon or directly from the 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. Portable Sound Source, Sound Localization Guidebook: Activities for Developing Sound Localization Skills is included with the portable sound source. It 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.
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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