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Outdoor Enrichment

Many people (including myself) are somewhat reclusive. It's a sighted world and can be hard to get up the nerve to venture into it socially. I go to my FT job and back home (repeat 5 times) and go to the grocery store and back but not out socially by myself. If you know of a person or organization leading the way in your area, helping us to get out more, please let me know if they have an online resource by suggesting it to my resource directory for the blind: Thanks

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Re: Outdoor Enrichment

It is a very good topic as the visually impaired often feel positive moving in outdoor places and makes them fresh. Disability is only a state of mind. With the use of adaptive equipment and training with it, the mobility can be made easier.
For adaptive equipments enhancing the mobility visit

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Are there any outdoor enrichment programs in Hawaii LGBT Community?

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do it yourself. just get out!
great post, second poster!

fitness and leisure

January 2011 Issue
Access to Fitness
Fitness FAQs from the Desk of AFB's Information and Referral Specialist
In this article, AccessWorld
provides information about making fitness and leisure activities more accessible
to people with vision loss.--Tara Annis and Lee Huffman

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This is a valuable conversation to have with yourself and with other blind and low vision folks on this list. We are talking here about what one does besides merely exist, merely work, go to the store, feed oneself and sleep. This leads to our discussing outdoor and indoor exercise, both the social kind and the physical kind.
Leisure activities make life fun, whether one is sighted or blind,, but may be a bit tricky if one is disabled.
There is the question of how to get to and from the activity itself. My town has more transportation options during the day than it does in late evening. So, I may be able to use the bus to go somewhere during the day and need a cab for the evening.
Knowing what transportation resources exist in your community will give you more options. Having good mobility skills also gives blind folks more personal freedom. We can meet sighted friends more easily if we can get around better.
Part of what makes this conversation interesting and creative are the multitude of choices available to folks, depending on your individual tastes and interests. There are certainly organizations which promote sports activities among blind folks such as Achilles International and Ski For Light. There are also lots of blind folks participating in physical activity in their own communities alongside sighted friends and family members. People make friends by meeting people while doing activities which interest them. This is true whether you are sighted or blind.
We go to the gym and use the stationary bike or the treadmill along with sighted peers. We take yoga classes or Pilates classes, again with sighted peers. We hike with our friends and our guide dogs. Some of our hiking friends can see and some others cannot. Last spring I went to a nearby farm and picked strawberries with a sighted friend. I realize I can easily do it by myself next year if I want to but like the companionship.
Learning your community's transportation resources makes it easier to know if you will be able to get to various places for activities. For instance, I know I cannot take a bus or walk to go to the club where I listen to jazz but the cab fair is reasonable. Similarly, I know I can walk to our local bookstore when we have presentations or to the local college for drama and music events.
For blind related recreation see
Achilles International

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