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
Skiing | Sunday Feb. 2 | 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Mt. Crescent
Does it matter that you’re blind or low-vision? NOPE! Outlook Enrichment will get you down the slope. With Our adaptive sports specialists and Mt. Crescent’s ski instructors you’ll learn to snow ski, then partner up with experienced skiers to hit the slopes. $10 reservation fee. Space is limited. Deadline Jan. 6th.
Goalball | Saturday Feb. 29 | 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. | UNO Gym | 6001 Dodge St
Whether your goal is trying a new sport, getting together with friends or just having fun; a day of goalball has everything you’re looking for. Join other teens and our adaptive sports specialists and learn how to throw and block a rolling ball with a bell in it. All participants wear goggles so no matter what your eyesight is, everyone will be playing non-visually.
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