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.
- MOBALE (Maine Organization for Blind Athletic and Leadership Education) Summer Sports Camp is a starting point for younger, transition-age athletes in New England
- Blind to Billionaire: Getting Started with Fitness; 5 tips that can be done at home (YouTube)
- AT3 State Directory; National Assistive Technology Act Technical Assistance and Training Center. There are opportunities for funding or low interest loans for assistive technology. This article on AT lending and funding shares how some exercise equipment is rightfully considered assistive technology.
- Kirstyn shares her poetic thoughts on getting started with a tandem cycle
- Yoga resources: Video from Montreal Association for the Blind Mackay Rehabilitation Center and Marty Klein's Blind Yoga Flow (YouTube). He sells a 5 CD pack on yoga for beginners who are blind or visually impaired.
- Acoustic Shooting; see the section on crossbow and black powder shooting.
- Eyes Free Fitness ® (Blind Alive); free, accessible fitness for all. Download these and put on a talking book player to get a fitness program started in your own home. Background information from AccessWorld. Lisa recommended the Chair Yoga and Gentle Workout audios as great places to get started with the series.
- Another series of article for beginners include Exercise Does a Body Good from TheBlindPerspective.com
- Golf resources:United States Blind Golf Association (USBGA), or check out Chapter 15 of the Encyclopedia of Sports Recreation for People with Visual Impairments by Andrew Leibs. Available through Bookshare and NLS Talking Books, and covers a wide variety of adapted sports.
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.
Other resources mentioned during the discussion:
- Rails-to-Trails resource for locating biking and walking trails converted from unused railroad beds.
- Tips for cyclists who are blind or visually impaired on VisionAware.org site.
- Adventure Cycling for route planning.
- Dee mentioned Blind Stokers Club for connecting tandem cyclists, stokers with captains or pilots and the Tennessee Paracycling Open and the United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA).
- TriState Adaptive Sports Association in Memphis Tennessee is starting a tandem cycling group.
- Marty mentioned Wisconsin-based Blind Outdoor Leisure Development (BOLD) as a resource with programming that includes tandem biking. Also mentioned Elroy-Sparta State Trail and Glacial Drumlin State Trail, WI.
- Michael mentioned Maine Organization for Blind Athletic and Leadership Education (MOBALE).