Tips for Finding Social or Recreational Services

It can be challenging to find social or recreational services for individuals with visual impairments, including those who have multiple disabilities or deafblindness.  We hope the suggestions below may help!

Begin by discussing with the client and/or her/his family any social and recreational activities the client enjoys, as well as other areas of interest the client may have.  Most client files have information from state services for blind and visually impaired individuals which may contain community involvement in social and recreational activities.  The files may also provide contact information for vocational rehabilitation counselors who can assist in resources for the client.   

  1. The following organizations can be found in most states.  They provide various types of activities as well as involvement in national and state public policy related to persons with vision loss.
  1. Other resources for social, recreational services which may be available in locations near you:
    • Local churches, synagogues and other places of worship.  Most religious organizations have social activities as part of their communities.  Generally they will provide or assist in providing transportation to activities.  Ask them!
    • Call your local public school.  They may have Adult Education Programs and high school volunteer opportunities.  
    • If you are located near a college or university, call for information on possible community services for persons with disabilities.  Some colleges/universities may provide college prep programs.  Check their websites, but call to ask your specific questions.
    • The local newspaper lists a variety of community activities, usually on a weekly basis.  Many local papers are available online, which makes them more accessible to many people.  
    • Community Centers provide a variety of social, educational and recreational activities.     Check with your local town/city office or on your town’s website.
    • Private agencies in your communities or surrounding area.  Examples are:
      • Independence Associations, such as Goodwill
      • Rehabilitation Centers
      • YWCA or YMCA
  1. The internet is an important tool for social connections.  Sites such as Facebook and Meetup are significant locations for virtual connections which are helpful in meeting others.  Individuals using these sites should be aware of, and perhaps educated on, safety and security issues in this area of social media use. 
  1. Join a local gym or health club.
  1. Reading and listening to music are a popular recreational choice for many.  Visit your local library and find out what programs are happening there.  Find out what books they offer in alternate formats, such as eBooks or audio books.

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Total Life Learning by Wendy Bridgeo,‎ Beth Caruso,‎ & Mary Zatta

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The Total Life Learning curriculum was developed for students ages 3 to 22 who are blind, visually impaired including those students who have additional disabilities or are deafblind. The focus is on the development of life and career goals that enable student to maximize independence, self-determination, employability, and participation in the community.