Through this program, we provide sports adaptations to blind and visually impaired students, adults, family members, teachers, and community organizations in Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Washington. Physical activity teaches confidence and self-esteem while developing muscular strength, gross motor skills, and social skills.  Unfortunately, 70% of school-aged children with visual impairments have never participated in any sport or physical activity, even a limited PE program.  A lack of appropriate adaptive equipment and teacher education in adaptive physical activity and education is frequently cited as a major factor for this limited access to physical activity.  Regardless, individuals with visual impairments are missing the benefits of physical activity.

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Our Sports Adaptations program seeks to ameliorate this problem by providing:

  • School Consultations
  • Adaptive Equipment Lending Library
  • Adaptations Guidance

All services are available to blind and visually impaired students, adults, family members, teachers, and community organizations in the states we serve.

School Consultations

We offer school consultations to educational teams to help them determine the best adaptations in physical education for their students who are visually impaired in an inclusive or adapted environment. On staff we have two certified adapted physical education teachers who are well equipped to provide on-site consultation as well as remotely. Please contact our Director of Programs, Stacey Gibbins sgibbins@nwaba.org to find out more about our consultation services.

Adaptive Equipment Lending Library

We have over 400 pieces of adaptive equipment available for lending. This includes adaptations manuals, sport kits, brailled tactile court maps, and more.  Look at the equipment catalog to see what you would like to borrow!  Individuals with a visual impairment, their families, and teachers in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana can borrow equipment at no cost!

NWABA Equipment Catalogrunning

Lending Library Introduction

  1. Request Lending Form 
  2. Return Lending Form

Adaptations Guidance

We can provide guidance and support on different types of adaptive equipment, sports and physical activity adaptations, and opportunities for individuals who are blind and visually impaired and their families. NWABA is a resource to anyone who wants to keep individuals who are blind and visually impaired off the sidelines.

More Questions?

If you have any questions, please contact Kirsten French, Programs Specialist, by email at kfrench@nwaba.org or by phone at 360.859.3116.

 

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