We want to introduce tweens and teens who are blind and visually impaired how to scuba dive, zip-line and ski. We want to introduce them to paddle boarding, swinging a golf club and catching their first fish. We want them to play Goalball, whether competitively or recreationally. Who says they can’t or shouldn’t do any of those activities? Not us, because we know that sometimes, only a simple adaptation of equipment or instruction is required for participation.
Physical activity is important for everyone, especially kids. Studies have shown that blind children are less physically active than their peers. So once a month we offer visually impaired young people an opportunity to get up and get moving through youth recreational adventures and summer camps. It’s our goal to not just keep visually impaired youth fit, but also help strengthen their self-confidence, social group, life skills and sense of belonging.
The activities are lead by adaptive sports specialists with the goal of exposing teens to the kind of play that helps them overcome barriers they might face while introducing them to peers who understand visual challenges. Sometimes parents and families are invited to join in the fun. A nominal, non-refundable registration fee is charged when you reserve a spot.
Some of our past recreational events included roller skating, trampolining, ice skating and rock wall climbing. Those who attended summer camp enjoyed outdoor fun like archery, canoeing and fishing.
Outlook Enrichment is lucky to collaborate with UNO Kinesiology students to provide one-on-one support for teens during activities.
All participants need to complete Image and Audio Consent and Medical & Liability Release Forms. It is possible that news media or other media outlets not affiliated with Outlook Enrichment may be present at an event.
Upcoming Teen Recreation Events
Teen Basketball Camp | Saturday, Jan. 23 | 10 a.m. - noon | The Factory | 9855 S. 140th St. | $10
Dribbling drills, jump shots, slam dunk—we’re going to try it all. Plus, get advice and pointers from a basketball coach. This is your chance to get familiar with a basketball hoop up close and personal. Test your limits with special equipment that calculates how high you can jump and how fast you can run. Join us Jan. 23 and channel your inner Michael Jordan! Register by Jan. 8 to reserve your spot.
Bored Games – UNO | Thursday, Jan. 28 | 7-8 p.m. | via Zoom | No charge
Skip! Reverse! Draw 4! Get your table cleared off, it’s time for a game of UNO. We’ll mail out large print or Braille UNO cards so everyone can join the fun! Register by Jan. 14 so your UNO cards arrive in time.
We want our events to be fun, but it’s also so important that we stay safe. Our adaptive sports specialists have put a lot of thought into making sure in-person events are accessible and in line with today’s COVID-19 related safety measures. For upcoming events we will adapt as follows:
- Masks will be available for volunteers and participants
- Social distancing
- Hand sanitizer
- Meeting in smaller groups or at staggered time slots
- Sanitizing equipment before use and between uses
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