Leisure Activities

Sports & Recreations


Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Summer Camps: Bowen Lodge & Zajac Ranch

Address:
Suite 300 - 2006 West 10th Ave.
Vancouver, BC  V6J 2B3

Canada
Phone:
(604) 462-8305
(604) 462-8304 (Fax)
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CNIB recognizes the value of camp programs for building confidence, life skills and social networking. Bowen Lodge is owned by CNIB. Its main purpose is to host summer camps for clients who are blind and partially sighted. The facility is also available for group rentals; for retreats, conferences and workshops. Unfortunately, Bowen Lodge is for sale. We remain committed to continuing camp programs. For 2011 and beyond, we are pleased to have reached an agreement with Zajac Ranch to host CNIB camps. Located near Mission, BC, Zajac Ranch is one of the finest accessible, youth camps in Canada. Zajac Ranch is just an hour's drive north of the US/Canadian Border.

Challenge Aspen

Address:
PO Box M
Aspen, CO  81612-7414
Phone:
(970) 923-0578
(970) 923-7338 (Fax)
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Winter activities in Aspen, Colorado, including downhill and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice-skating and dog sledding. Volunteer guides available to accompany individuals with disabilities including vision impairment. Various summer activities also available with access to volunteer guides.

United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA)

Address:
33 N Institute St
Colorado Springs, CO  80903
Phone:
(719) 630-0422
(719) 630-0616 (Fax)
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The United States Association of Blind Athletes enhances the lives of blind and visually impaired people by providing the opportunity for participation in sports and physical activity.

United States Blind Golfers Association (USBGA)

Address:
3094 Shamrock St. N.
Talahassee, FL  32309-2735
Phone:
(615) 885-2952
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USBGA has golf tournaments for players who are blind and visually impaired and publishes a biannual newsletter, The Midnight Golfer.

Ski for Light

Address:
1455 West Lake Streey
Minneapolis, MN  55408
Phone:
(612) 827-3232
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Ski for Light, Inc. is an all-volunteer, non-profit, organization founded in 1975. The goal of the organization is to teach blind, visually- and mobility-impaired adults how to cross-country ski, in an atmosphere that encourages participants to recognize that they can usually accomplish much more, both on the snow and back home in everyday life, than others may have told them was possible.

Oral Hull Foundation for the Blind

Address:
PO Box 157
Sandy, OR  97055
Phone:
(503) 668-6195
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Oral Hull is a 23-acre park three miles from Sandy, Oregon. Serene and wooded, the unspoiled natural beauty of Mt. Hood, Oregon’s loftiest peak, forms a fitting background. We provide year-round recreational, social and informal educational opportunties for the blind and low vision community. Our philosophy is that every individual has a tremendous amount of potential, therefore we strive to be a place where blind and low vision individuals can enjoy complete independence, relax in a beautiful environment, develop new skills, foster lifelong friendships and even test their limits.

Center Pointe

Address:
1408 N Washington Street
Spokane, WA  99201-2438
Phone:
(509) 325-5451
(509) 344-1083 (Fax)
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Provide recreational, social, and educational activities to adults with disabilities, including blindness and visual impairment,to empower each to reach their highest potential as an important part of the community. Day Out for the Blind organizes day-long recreational activities every Friday for blind and visually impaired persons.

National Park Service/US Forest Service, Outdoor Recreation Information Center

Address:
222 Yale Avenue N
Seattle, WA  98109-5429
Phone:
(206) 470-4060
(888) 467-2757 (Toll Free)
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The National Park Service issues lifetime passes to seniors and disabled persons that provide free admission and reduced camping fees in national parks. Apply in person at any National Park Service site across the country or at the Outdoor Recreation Information Center. America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass – Senior Pass costs $10; the America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass – Access Pass is free.

Northwest Assoication for Blind Athletes

Address:
500 West 8th Street, Suite 50
Vancouver, WA  98660-3019
Phone:
(360) 448-7254
800880937 (Toll Free)
(800) 880-9837 (Fax)
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The mission of NWABA is to provide opportunities for blind and visually impaired persons to become engaged in physical activity and sports. We will provide scholarships and host events to build confidence and physical fitness. The confidence gained from sports will inspire athletes to follow their dreams in life and in sports.

Outdoors For All Foundation

Address:
2 Nickerson St., #101
Seattle, WA  98109-1652
Phone:
(206) 838-6030
(206) 838-6035 (Fax)
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Outdoors For All Foundation provides year-round, outdoor recreational activities and education in a variety of adaptive sports, such as, river rafting, cycling, hiking, in-line skating, canoeing, downhill skiing and snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, Day Camps and Custom Events.

Ski for Light, Puget Sound Regional

Address:
Stampede Pass, WA  00000
Phone:
(206) 297-7579
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Ski For Light, a Sons of Norway outreach program, teaches visually and mobility impaired adults how to cross-country ski. Saturday day trips from Seattle via charter bus; see website for specific dates. Destination: Trollhaugen Sons of Norway Lodge near Erling Stordahl Snow Park, in Stampede Pass, Washington. Cost for skiers: $80 for the season or $20 per trip. Transportation provided by chartered bus from Seattle; skis, poles and boots can be provided free of charge. Contact: Doug Sundberg (phone number above).

The Footloose Sailing Association

Address:
7683 SE 27th ST, PMB 239
Mercer Island, WA  98040
Phone:
(206) 382-2680
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Offers day sails, sailing lessons and other sailing opportunities to people with disabilities, including those who are blind or visually impaired. Most sailing is on Lake Washington (Western Washington).

Therapeutic Horseback Riding Classes

Address:
19830 SE 328th Pl
Auburn, WA  98092-2212
Phone:
(800) 859-2267 Ext. 105 (Toll Free)
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Classes offered for visually impaired children and adults, as well as for those who have other disabilities, are offered in 6-week and 10-week sessions at Camp Berachah in Auburn.

Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife

Address:
600 Capitol Way N
Olympia, WA  98501-1091
Phone:
(360) 902-2464
(360) 902-2207 (TTY)
(360) 902-2466 (Fax)
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Will issue a fishing or hunting license free or at a discounted rate to Washington residents who are blind or visually impaired. You must apply for a disability card through the state office in order to obtain a license.

American Blind Bowling Association

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Bowling is a sport that has been enjoyed by many people both nationally and internationally. Since the 1940's the ABBA has enabled blind and visually impaired youths and adults to bowl alongside sighted friends and family. The development of special guide rails has made this possible.

National Center on Physical Activity and Disability

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(800) 900-8086 (Toll Free)
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This is a directory of Programs available for people with disabilities and health conditions. NCPAD’s overall mission is to help people with disabilities find accessible physical activity programs and we hope this list will give you a good starting point. You can either browse the programs by name, state or country, or you can search by a specific zip code and list only the programs closest to you. Following the link will take you to an index for Washington State programs.

Self-Defense Classes for the Blind, Robert Ott

Phone:
(253) 966-3571
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Self-defense classes for blind individuals and other groups as well. Cell phone: (360) 888-0474.

Special Saturday Club

Phone:
(206) 461-8550
(800) 451-2267 (Toll Free)
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Camp Fire’s Special Saturday Club is a recreation program designed for children with disabilities ages 4-12 and their siblings.. Activities are developmentally appropriate and include: group and independent play, art and craft projects, cooking, outdoor play and stories. Saturday Clubs are located at the Highland Center in Bellevue, at the Olympic View Elementary School in north Seattle, John Muir Elementary in central Seattle. Saturday Club is staffed by adult managers and teens who have received training from Camp Fire USA to care for children with disabilities. For more information about the Special Saturday Club, please contact the Outreach and Education Assistant at Camp Fire USA (see the number above).