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 Nebraska 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 Nebraska may be present at an event.
Upcoming Teen Recreation Events – Registration Below
Stand Up Paddle Boarding | August 17 | 9:45 a.m-12:30 p.m. | Cost: $10
Flanagan Lake, 168th St and Fort St, Omaha
Collaborating with the great folks at Neighborhood Offshore, we’ll meet at Flanagan Lake at 168th and Fort St. at 9:45 am to get a lesson in Stand up Paddle boarding. Each teen will get their own board and have a sighted volunteer paddling next to them. Before the lesson is over we’ll be out on the water the stand up paddle boarding away! Participants must be comfortable around water and able to swim—expect to jump/fall in at least once or twice. Picnic lunch afterwards.
Tandem Bike Ride and Picnic | September 21 | 10:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | Cost: $10
Keystone Trail – Meeting at Outlook Nebraska
10-mile bike ride, lunch and a surprise stop! Join us for an end of summer 10-mile tandem bike ride leaving from Outlook. We’ll connect to the Keystone Trail and from there head to our picnic spot with a surprise stop for a treat on the way home. Recumbent and Standard tandems available. Enjoy this last gasp of summer!
Fall Fun at Vala’s Pumpkin Patch | October 5 | 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. | $10
We’ll be meeting at Outlook to take a bus together out to Vala’s to explore the Haunted House, pumpkin patch, corn maze, giant slide, peddle cars and more! It’s a farm amusement park! Lunch of hot dogs and smores by the campfire included!
Scuba Diving Experience at UNO | November 16 | 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. | $10
With the help of scuba master Don Stanger, teens will get to experience scuba diving in the UNO pool! After a lesson on the equipment, we take 3 teens at time with full tank gear on for 20 minutes under the surface. Participants must be comfortable in the water and able to swim. The session ends with a dip in the whirl pool! Participants will be assigned an hour-long slot after registration.
(P.S.—and you might want to plan to stick around that evening for the Audio Described movie classic The Sound of Music at Outlook starting at 6pm or the Audio Described production of A Christmas Carol at the Omaha Community Playhouse at 7:30 pm! Get your tickets to that one early!)
Holiday Party and Audio-Described Movie Miracle on 34th St. | 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. | $10
Outlook Nebraska Community Space
We eat! We laugh! We sing! We wear ugly sweaters! We exchange funny gifts (and steal them from each other!) And then we relax and watch a holiday classic with Audio Description! Your belly will shake like a bowl full of jelly!
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