Get Up and Go!

Get Up and Get Out into Nature

June 2, 2020 at

As the temperatures in many areas begin to warm up, we're ready to head outside to enjoy all that fresh air and nature has to offer. Join us this month as we talk outdoor activities, including birding and hiking. Share your favorite outdoor pastime and learn from others.
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This month we shared tips, equipment and other creative ways we've found to continue being active at home, even when socially distancing.

We shared ideas and advice on starting a walking or jogging route. Hadley Practice Leader and Certified Orientation and Mobility Instructor Charmaine Martin joined us to offer tips on how to get started and stick to a routine, and safety techniques to consider.




Smartphone Apps:


  • MaxiAids
  • REI is a source for nylon running tether with loops at either end.

Janice Walth, a World Champion Archer, who discovered the sport of competitive archery after losing her sight, joined us this month to share her experiences with the sport.


Audio-Described Exercises

February 4, 2020

Audio-described workouts are a great way for anyone to keep exercising, no matter your level of vision or fitness. Indoor, outdoor, cardio, yoga and more - we shared resources and tips on finding and using audio exercise programs.


Smartphone Apps:


Motivational speaker and adventurer Randy Pierce shared his story and goal-setting tips to start the new year off right. Randy unexpectedly lost his vision at age 22, but didn't let that slow him down from enjoying sports, running marathons, and climbing mountains.


  • 2020 VisionQuest non-profit was founded by Randy Pierce to raise funds for guide dog training, blindness services, and educating young people about "ability awareness."
  • Future in Sight, formerly New Hampshire Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Lions Clubs connect individuals with visual impairment to resources, including sighted guides for outdoor activities.
  • "See You at the Summit"" by Randy Pierce. Available in paperback and audiobook on Amazon.
  • United in Stride connects visually impaired runners with sighted guides.

For those of us in colder climates, it can be difficult to keep active during the winter months. This month we shared tips on how to stay active and safe on the snow and ice.

Ski Programs:

Winter Footwear:

Winter Outerwear for Colder Weather:

Holiday Shopping Tips

November 21, 2019

The holiday season is upon us, and so is the hustle and bustle of shopping. This month we discussed safety tips and shopping tricks for navigating through the stores and websites.

Credit Card Safety

Gift Ideas:

Online Shopping Internationally:

  • Lazada available for Southeast Asian countries.
  • Shopee available for Southeast Asia and Taiwan.
  • Salora available for Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.

Podcasts and Blogs with Gift Ideas:

Product Identification

Get Up and Play!

October 17, 2019

This month's conversation was on adapting your favorite card and board games so you can keep playing, no matter your level of vision. We covered tactile games and puzzles, games for your smartphones, and games you can even play with your smart assistant.

Card and Board Games:

Online Games and Smartphone Game Apps:

Games to play with your smart assistant:

  • Amazon Echo: Magic Room - say, "Alexa, play Magic Room."
  • Amazon Echo: Escape the Room - say, "Alexa, play Escape the Room."
  • Amazon Echo: Uno Braille Tutorial - say, "Alexa, open Uno Braille."
  • Google Home: Caste Master - say, "Hey Google, open Castle Master."

Articles and other Resources:

This month we heard from Director of Development and Paralympian Pam McGonigle on the United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA). We talked about the USABA program, various sports and recreational activities, and how to get started on your fitness goals, no matter your fitness level.


Exploring National Parks

August 15, 2019

Get up and explore the trail! How do you navigate the wonderful world of outdoor parks and take advantage of all Mother Nature has to offer? This month we shared ways to prepare and adaptations to consider for your visit to a national park near you.

National Park Services resources:

More resources:


Water Sports

July 18, 2019

This month we talked about all things water! We first talked water safety and navigating pool and beach areas. Then we discussed how to adapt and access your favorite water sports, from swimming to kayaking.


Get Up and Get Started!

June 20, 2019

In this discussion we looked at returning to favorite recreational activities, fitness for beginners, baby steps, and next steps.

This month we talked about fitness baby steps.


Get Up and Cycle!

May 16, 2019

For our first discussion, we were joined by Michael Robertson, founder of Shared Vision Quest and an avid cyclist who is visually impaired. He shared his story about biking cross country. Then the group asked questions and shared their biking tips and experiences.

May is National Bike Month and includes Bike to Work Day. Our guest speaker was Michael Robertson who founded the non-profit Shared Vision Quest. In addition to Michael?s trip across the country from Cape Flattery, Washington to Lubec, Maine, he mentioned the Trek Across Maine cycling event. Massachusetts Eye and Ear (Mass. Eye and Ear) assisted with some of the fundraising for the trip on a custom Carver road bike from Bath Cycle and Ski.

Rochester Area Blind Athletes, Inc. connects volunteers with sight to participate with athletes who are blind. Mentioned the Erie Canal Path for off-road cycling.

Other resources mentioned during the discussion:

Poem written and read by Elyse Heinrich

Email addresses for more information or suggestions: Steve Kelley-; Elyse Heinrich-; Michael Robertson-

Michael's Facebook Page Shared Vision Quest Maine

Important Considerations

Content shared during discussions is for general information purposes only. We encourage you to thoroughly consider if any resource or suggestion is a good fit for you. The inclusion of links does not imply a recommendation or endorsement. The opinions expressed by the participants are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Hadley.