CAPVI
CAPVI

Recreation Opportunity Directory For people who are blind and visually impaired in California

compiled by the California School for the Blind in 2010

This directory is divided into sections according to activity to make it easier to access. Here you will find:

• Agencies that offer recreational activities for people who are blind or visually impaired

• sources for Arts and Crafts activities

• adapted Board Games

• both day Camps and residential Camps that are designed for people who are blind or visually impaired

• Competitive Sports for aspiring athletes who are blind and visually impaired,

• adapted Entertainment resources

• Museums in California that have specific accessibility for visitors who are blind or visually impaired

• resources for Music lessons and events

• opportunities for Physical Activities, such as swimming, kayaking and archery,

• Reading Options

• places where you can purchase adapted Sporting Goods.

You may discover that a favorite agency, activity or event that you know of is missing from the directory. If so, please let us know so that we can include it in future editions.

Coordinator, Low Vision Services

California School for the Blind, Fremont CA 94536

Agencies in California Providing Recreation and Leisure Activities

Blind and Visually Impaired of Marin, Inc.

www.bvim.org

930 Tamalpais Ave.

San Rafael, CA 94901

415-459-5066

pjfm@comcast.net

Social events, book talks, art classes, chair yoga, support groups, transportation.

Braille Institute

www.brailleinstitute.org

Five Locations:

741 North Vermont Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90029

323-663-1111

Fax: 323-663-0867

la@brailleinstitute.org

2031 De La Vina Street

Santa Barbara, CA 93105

805- 682-6222

Fax: 805-687-6141

sb@brailleinstitute.org

70251 Ramon Rd

Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

760-321-1111

Fax: 760-321-9715

dc@brailleinstitute.org

527 North Dale Avenue

Anaheim, CA 92801

714-821-5000

Fax: 714-527-7621

oc@brailleinstitute.org

4555 Executive Drive

San Diego, CA 92121

858-452-1111

Fax: 858-452-1688

sd@brailleinstitute.org

Self-confidence is stimulated through participation in physical activities such as rock-climbing, surfing, white-water rafting, choral groups and more. Talking book clubs, golf outings, classes on many topics.

Community Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired

130 W. Flora Street

Stockton, CA 95202

209-466-3836

Fax 209-466-5692

www.communitycenterfortheblind.org

info@communitycenterfortheblind.org

Crafts, ceramics, weaving, bingo, field trips, sewing, gardening, card games, socials

Home of Stockton Stingrays, beep baseball team

Earle Baum Center

4339 Occidental Rd.

Santa Rosa, CA 95401

ebc@earlebaum.org

(707) 523-3222

Drumming classes

Garden club

Tandem bikes

East Bay Center for the Blind, Inc.

2928 Adeline St.

Berkeley, CA 94702

510-843-6935

This Center is run for blind people by blind people. Social events include games such as cards and bingo; audio-described movies, our annual picnic, holiday parties and talent shows, and more. Every Fall we have our annual Harvest Festival, with entertainment and hand-made crafts and baked goods, as a fund-raising and social event for the Center. In June we have our annual bake-sale fund-raiser, and more. This is just a sampling of our activities.

Junior Blind of America

www.juniorblind.org

5300 Angeles Vista Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90043

800-352-2290 Toll Free

323-295-4555

Fax: 323-296-0424

info@juniorblind.org

Camp Bloomfield, Malibu;

After School Enrichment Program;

Visions: Adventures in Learning, program for youth 13 to 17 years old, which features snow skiing and snowboarding, rock climbing, hang gliding, kayaking, white water rafting, hot air ballooning, dog sledding and ATV riding.

LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired

214 Van Ness Avenue

San Francisco , CA 94102

415-431-1481

FAX: 415-863-7568

info@lighthouse-sf.org

Enchanted Hills Camp

Youth Program

Lighthouse of Marin

930 Tamalpais Avenue

San Rafael, CA 94901

Phone: 415-258-8496

Fax: 415-258-8501v

Lighthouse of the North Coast

Humboldt Senior Resource Center

1910 California Street, Third Floor

Eureka, CA 95501

707-268-5646

FAX: 707-268-5647

The Lions Center for the Blind

3834 Opal Street

Oakland, CA 94609

510 450 1580

Fax: 510 654 3603

www.lbcenter.org

Serving Alameda, Contra Costa and Solano counties.

Life enrichment activities include: yoga, low-impact exercise, bingo, sewing, Spanish, Toastmasters, and cooking.

For information on the youth program, email danette_davis@lbcenter.org.

Project Insight - Programs for Individuals who are Deaf or Visually Impaired

www.projectinsight.org

501 Stanyan St.

San Francisco, CA 94117-1898

415-242-5200

Fax: 415-242-5600

contactpi@sfgov.org

Programs run in collaboration with the Lighthouse for the Blind in San Francisco:

The youth program has weekly Saturday outings, special events, and summer adventure programs. The seniors' activities include monthly outings and a weekly gardening program.

Santa Clara Valley Blind Center, Inc.

101 North Bascom Avenue

San Jose, California 95128

408-295-4016

Fax: 408-295-1398

www.visionbeyondsight.org

jarvidson@visionbeyondsight.org.

Providing a wide spectrum of recreational, social, and therapeutic activities that encourage socialization, independence, and increased quality of life for our clients. Activities include exercise, outings, luncheons, quilting and sewing, ceramics, pottery, accessible gardening and more!

Sierra Services for the Blind

www.sierraservices.org

546 Searls Avenue

Nevada City, CA 95959

530-265-2121

Fax: 530-265-2198

Among other services, provides social events and transportation.

Society for the Blind

2750 24th Street,

Sacramento, CA 95818

(916) 452-8271

www.societyfortheblind.org

frontdesk@societyfortheblind.org

10-day intensive summer youth retreat in a traditional camp setting, where youth will also experience hiking, building a campfire, horseback riding, swimming, rock climbing and other customary camp activities

Blind and Low Vision Olympics for the Youth of Northern California, each Fall

Northern California Regional Braille Challenge(TM), each Winter

Valley Center for the Blind

(Formerly the Friendship Center for the Blind)

2491 W. Shaw Ave. # 124

Fresno California 93711

559-222-4447

Fax: 559-222-4844

www.valleycenterfortheblind.org/

info@valleycenterfortheblind.org

Classes in ceramics and cooking

Outings for bowling, casino fun and social activities

Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired

www.vistacenter.org

2470 El Camino Real suite 107

Palo Alto, CA 94306

info@vistacenter.org

800-660-2009

Paul Raskin

650-858-0202 x112

Serves people in San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties

Youth Program in conjunction with other organizations

Kidpower, Music for All, Surfing, Kayaking, Holiday Ice Skating Party

Arts and Crafts

Art Beyond Sight

www.artbeyondsight.org/

589 Broadway, 3rd Floor

New York, NY 10012

212-334-8720

Coordinator@ArtBeyondSight.org

Resources online for making art museums, lessons and projects accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired.

Center for Accessible Technology

www.cforat.org

2547-8th St. (will be moving to the Ed Roberts Campus near Ashby BART)

Berkeley, CA

510-841-3224

infor@cforat.org

In addition to consulting on technology needs for people who are disabled, CAT offers a variety of inclusive opportunities for all people to create and enjoy art. Call to make sure the art program exists after the move at the end of Oct. 2010.

Copper Dots: Craft Books in Braille

www.cs.cmu.edu/~rowan/marjorie-crafts.html

Marjorie Arnott

4233 East La Costa Drive

Sungroves AZ 85249

480-345-8773

marnott@extremezone.com

Knitting, crochet and cook books in braille.

Creative Growth

355 24th Street

Oakland, CA 94612

510.836.2340 x15

Creativity Explored

3245 16th Street,

San Francisco CA 94103

(415) 863-2108 Phone

(415) 863-1655 Faxrg

info@creativityexplored.org

Horizons for the Blind

www.horizons-blind.org/

2 N. Williams St.

Crystal Lake, IL 60014

815-444-8300

800-318-2000

Fax: 815-444-8830

mail@horizons-blind.org

Large print, audio and braille books on crafts, cooking and gardening, as well as knitting, crochet and tatting supplies.

See Sans Sight

www.seesanssight.info/sss/contents.html

Digital photography course—ABCs for VIPs--- by Joe Clawgs, a visually impaired man, who uses digital photography to help him see details in his environment.

Board Games Accessible to Blind and Visually Impaired Players

American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.

http://www.aph.org

PO Box 6085

1839 Frankfort Avenue

Louisville, Kentucky 40206-0085

800-223-1839 or 502-895-2405.

Fax: 502-899-2274.

sales@aph.org

Baseball Game, Game Kit for adapting print board games, Game of Squares, Take Away Game, Ten Spot Game, Web Chase

Envision Everyday

www.orderscenter.com

2301 South Water

Wichita, KS 67213

888-311-2299

orders.wcm@envisionus.com

chess, checkers, Connect Four, Monopoly (braille, large print), Scrabble (braille, large print), Backgammon, playing cards, dominos

Exceptional Teaching, Inc.

www.exceptionalteaching.com

3994 Oleander Way

Castro Valley, CA 94546

800-549-6999

510-889-7282

Fax: 510-889-7382

info@exceptionalteaching.com

Games U Touch (Baseball, Look Out for Aliens!, Creepy Creatures, The Card Game, All About Bones, Buttons, Race Cars), What Am I? (Magnetic charades),

Pass the Bag, Bendomino, Bingory, dice, playing cards, Animal Card Game

Future Aids: The Braille Superstore

(A Division of MarvelSoft Enterprises, Inc.)

www.braillebookstore.com

2190 Dolphin Crescent

Abbotsford, BC

V2T 3T1 Canada

Chinese checkers, Othello, Nine Men’s Morris, Backgammon, Tic-Tac-Toe, Chess, checkers, Shut the Box, Braille rule books

Independent Living Aids, LLC

www.independentliving.com

200 Robbins Lane

Jericho, NY 11753

800-537-2118

Fax: 516-937-3906

Tic-tac-toe, Connect Four, Chess, Battleship, Uno, playing cards

LS&S

www.lssproducts.com

145 River Rock Drive

Buffalo, NY 14207

800-468-4789

Fax: 877-498-1482

Tic-tac-toe, chess, checkers, Dominos, dice, Bingo, Braille Sudoku, Large Print Crossword Puzzles, Jumbo Braille playing cards, braille cribbage board, Scrabble (large print), Pinochle cards (braille and large print), UNO (braille and large print)

The Lighthouse International

www.lighthouse.org/store/

110 East 60th Street,

New York City

212-821-9384

Fax: 212-821-9749

retailstore@lighthouse.org

Playing cards (braille and large print)

Mostly Mobility

7100 Rte 183

Bethel,

Pennsylvania 19507

717-933-5681

rhejadler@aol.com

Abacus Attack

Rehab Mart, tools for the job of living

www.rehabmart.com

150 Sagewood Drive

Winterville, GA 30683-1563

800-827-8283

Fax: 888-507-7326

assistance@rehabmart.com

Checkers, chess, tic-tac-toe, backgammon, dominos (large, magnetic, textured, etc.), domino rack, Bingo (large print and braille), Scrabble (large print), Monopoly (large print and braille)

Camps and Summer Programs

NOTE: The purpose of this list is to inform Californian students who are blind and visually impaired and their families about possible summer programs available to them. Most of the programs are run by non-profit organizations which are not affiliated with any State of California department with the exception of the two STEP programs run by the Department of Rehabilitation. It is up to families to determine whether any of the programs would fit the needs of their sons or daughters.

Camp Bloomfield

www.juniorblind.org

Malibu, CA 90263

Operated by Junior Blind of America

5300 Angeles Vista Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90043-1648

323-295-4555

fcardenas@juniorblind.org

Five day sessions throughout the summer for children, youth and families especially designed for campers who are blind or visually impaired.

Camp Forrest

www.angelview.org/campforrest.html

Joshua Tree, CA 92252

Operated by Angel View

12379 Miracle Hill Rd

Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240-4010

760-329-6471

Fax: 760-366-0146

angelview44@aol.com

campforrest@adelphia.net

One week summer sessions for people age 7 to 25 who have a variety of disabilities.

Camp Krem

www.campingunlimited.com

Boulder Creek, CA 95006

Operated by Camping Unlimited

4610 Whitesands Court

El Sobrante, CA 94803-1820

510-222-6662

Fax: 510-223-3046

campkrem@campingunlimited.com

One and two week summer sessions for children and adults who have a variety of disabilities.

Camp Paivika

www.abilityfirst.org

Crestline, CA 92325

909-338-1102

Fax: 909-338-2502

kkunsek@abilityfirst.org

One week summer sessions for children and adults who have a variety of disabilities.

Camp ReCreation

www.camprec.org

2110 Broadway

Sacramento, CA 95818-2541

916-733-0136

mail@camprec.org

One week summer sessions for children and adults who have a variety of disabilities.

Camp Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake

www.campronald.org

Susanville, CA

Office

2555 49th Street

Sacramento, CA 95817-2306

916-734-4230

vicky@campronald.org

One week summer sessions for children and adults who have a variety of disabilities.

Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind

www.lighthouse-sf.org/services/edrec/ehc/

Napa, CA

Operated by the Lighthouse for the Blind

214 Van Ness Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94102-4508

415-431-1481

rrueda@lighthouse-sf.org

Summer sessions of varying lengths for blind and visually impaired children, youth, adults and their families. Sessions for different ages and abilities are available.

Guide Dogs, Inc.

www.guidedogs.com/

350 Los Ranchitos Road

San Rafael, CA 94903

800-295-4050

415-499-4000

Fax: 415-499-4035

Three and a half day residential program for ten teens (13 to 17) who are interested in becoming Guide Dog handlers some day. Program includes tour of Guide Dog facility in San Rafael, job shadowing with all who work there, Juno walks and dog walks, care of a specific dog for two full days, recreation activities and social opportunities. The third annual session takes place June 21-24, 2010. Future sessions will be scheduled when there is a break in regular Guide Dog classes each summer.



La Playa Music School

800 48th Ave. #4

San Francisco, CA 94121

www.laplayamusic.com

415-702-9473

laplayamusicschool@yahoo.com

Week long summer music daycamps in June through August. Enroll for full day or half day. Eager to welcome students who are blind and visually impaired.

Society for the Blind

www.societyfortheblind.org

2750 24th Street,

Sacramento, CA 95818

(916) 452-8271

frontdesk@societyfortheblind.org

Ten-day intensive summer youth retreat in a traditional camp setting, where youth will also experience hiking, building a campfire, horseback riding, swimming, rock climbing and other customary camp activities.

Summer Transition Education Program (STEP)

www.csb-cde.ca.gov

California School for the Blind

500 Walnut Ave.

Fremont, CA 94536

510-794-3800 x262

Fax: 510-794-3813

alinville@csb-cde.ca.gov

Three week residential program for clients of the Department of Rehabilitation who are between the ages of 16 and 22. Job shadowing, living skills, orientation and mobility, adapted technology, social opportunities and plenty of recreation activities, such as kayaking on the bay, camping at Angel Island and having a blast at a theme park.

Contact: Ann Linville

Summer Transition Enrichment Program (STEP)

www.juniorblind.org

5300 Angeles Vista Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90043

323-290-6281

800-352-2290

gkegel@juniorblind.org

Program for clients of the Department of Rehabilitation, who are between the ages of 16 and 22, designed to help them identify areas of career interest and successfully transition to college or the workforce. In addition to learning skills for independent living, students develop work-readiness skills through individualized instruction, group seminars and internships opportunities that are matched to their interests, abilities and goals. Students select recreation activities on the weekends. Two-3 weeks sessions for new students and a seven- week program for graduates.

Summer Institute for Blind College-bound Musicians

National Resource Center for Blind Musicians

http://blindmusicstudent.org/

510 Barnum Avenue

Bridgeport, Connecticut, 06608

203-366-3300

Fax: 203-368-2847

info@blindmusicstudent.org

Residential program which brings together college-bound and college students who are blind and visually impaired from several states, for college-level music studies.

Project Insight - Programs for Individuals who are Deaf or Visually Impaired

www.projectinsight.org

501 Stanyan St.

San Francisco, CA 94117-1898

415-242-5200

Fax: 415-242-5600

contactpi@sfgov.org

Summer day camps for youth in San Francisco.

Via West (Formerly Camp Costanoan)

Cupertino, CA

www.viaservices.org

2851 Park Ave.

Santa Clara, CA 95050

408-243-7861

Fax: 408-243-0452

For children and adults who have physical and developmental disabilities and may be blind or visually impaired. Six to nine day residential summer camps and weekend camps during the school year.

Competitive Sports

BEEPBALL and BASEBALL

Challenger Baseball

http://www.LittleLeague.org

Samuel D. Ranck, Director of Challenger Baseball

539 US Route 15 Hwy

PO Box 3485

Williamsport PA 17701-0485

570-326-1921 ext. 254

Fax: (570) 326-1074

sranck@LittleLeague.org

Little League baseball and softball has over 150 Challenger Divisions in the state of California, which provide teams for children who have all kinds of disabilities. Contact Sam Ranck to find or start a division near you.

Oakland

Challenger@nollsoll.com or call Jim Balich (510) 465-3998 or email at jrbalich@earthlink.net for time, location, and other information.

San Francisco

Contact Peter Straus at (415) 864-2939 or pstrausSF@prodigy.net or www.sfll.org to register on line. Peter can provide information re: other teams in the area.

San Lorenzo

Contact Susan Sherman at TheSherman5@aol.com for information.

National Beep Ball Association

www.nbba.org

3444 Limerick Lane NE

Rochester MN 55906

secretary@nbba.org

507-208-8383

Stockton and Sacramento area teams.

BOWLING

American Blind Bowlers Association

www.abba1951.org

California Clubs:

Los Angeles Blind Bowlers

1232 No. El Centro #A,

Los Angeles CA 90038

213-220-5158

Sec. Linda Keeney

Journey for the Blind

11350 Olive Cir

Fontana CA 92337

909-355-1400

Sec. Roy Ramsey

Longmont Blind Bowlers

1021 2nd St. Unit B

Novato CA 94945

415-893-9457

Sec. Harry Cordellos

Modesto Blind Bowlers

1535 Bronson Ave.

Modesto CA 95350

209-522-1450

Sec. Michael Johnson

GOALBALL

Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program- BORP

Berkeley, CA 94710

510-849-4663

Fax: 510-849-4616

info@borp.org

Goal ball as well as other recreational activities. Moving to the Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley.

Goalball in Southern California

Jairo Rodriguez, O.P.I. Sports Director

jhon28jairo@yahoo.com

213-952 – 2271

Goalball practice second and fourth Sunday each month, Veterans Park, 6364 Zindell Ave., City of Commerce, CA 90040. Always looking for more players.

Contact Jairo Rodriguez to set up goalball clinics at your facility.

Junior Blind of America

5300 Angeles Vista Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90043

323-295-4555

800-352-2290

After school program with competitive and non-competitive sports activities to promote physical fitness and teamwork, including, basketball, goallball, swimming and more.

USA Goalball

www.goalball.us

330-475-6023

Website provides all you need to know about playing goalball, including the rules and how to start a program, where to purchase equipment and training videos, and contacts for goalball clubs in the USA, the UK, Sweden and New Zealand.

GOLF

Disabled Sports USA Far West

www.dsusafw.org

P.O. Box 9780

Truckee, CA 96162

530-581-4161

FAX 530-581-3127

info@dsusafw.org

Golf instruction is open to anyone with any disability. Whether you are an absolute beginner or a seasoned veteran, you’ll find a place at our golf clinics taught by PGA and LPGA golf professionals at several locations in northern California.

Chris Clark can answer all your specific questions. His phone number is (916) 764-2423 or you can contact him by email at cb1@vzw.blackberry.net

United States Blind Golf Association

www.blindgolf.com

Provide junior golf clinics in several locations in southern California.

If any USBGA members are interested in holding a 2 to 4 hour clinic for a blind school or blind association in your area, please call Jim Baker at 615-885-2952 or send an email message to jvbaker1@comcast.net .

MARTIAL ARTS (see also Physical Activities list)

Blind Judo Foundation

www.supportblindjudo.com

2205 Bridgepointe Parkway Suite 213

San Mateo, CA 94404 ph.415-336-2355

Coach Willie Cahill, 650-589-0724

Ron C Peck, MBA, roncpeck@earthlink.net

SOCCER

American Youth Soccer Organization: VIP Program

www.ayso.org/special_programs/vip.aspx

Margie Close, National Special Programs Administrator

800-872-2976 Ext. 5472, Fax: 310-643-5310

vip@ayso.org

AYSO provides leagues for disabled children and adults, including those who are visually impaired and blind. The VIP Program has been structured to integrate our players into the rest of AYSO by providing a soccer season, and in some cases, using "buddies" - able bodied helpers - to assist players who need assistance, both on and off the field.

To receive a VIP packet of information outlining everything you’ll need to get started, contact Margie Close at AYSO National Support and Training Center.

TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer)

www.usyouthsoccer.org/programs/20/main.html

The program is designed to give any boy or girl, ages 4-14 with a mental or physical disability, the opportunity to learn and play soccer.

Albany or West Contra Costa, contact Manish Doshi at 510-301-1747 or by email at topsocceraccysl@gmail.com.

Castro Valley contact Lisa Glover-Gardin at 510-537-5247 or 510-881-1691 or register at registrar@castrovalleysoccer.com

If you are in a different area or state, Contact your local US Youth Soccer State Association office to find out more about getting involved with a local US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer program.

SPORTS ORGANIZATIONS FOR BLIND/DISABLED ATHLETES

Challenged Athletes Foundation

http://www.challengedathletes.org/

PO Box 910769

San Diego, CA 92191

858-866-0959

FAX: 858-866-0958

caf@challengedathletes.org

Walking and biking races and events

Junior Blind Olympics

Sponsored by the Junior Blind of America

5300 Angeles Vista Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90043

800-352-2290

Contact: Debbie McBeth

Manager of Special Events & Volunteers

323-295-4555 ext. 267

dmcbeth@juniorblind.org

Spring competition for children and youth ages 6 to 19 who are blind or visually impaired. Sports include archery, goalball, rowing, shot put, soccer throw, 100 yard dash, rock climbing and running long jump. No prior experience required.

Special Olympics Northern California

925-944-8801

www.sonc.org

donnar@sonc.org

Athletic training and competition giving people who have developmental disabilities the chance to demonstrate to the world all they are capable of achieving.

United States Association of Blind Athletes

www.usaba.org

33 N. Institute St.

Colorado Springs, CO 80903

719-630-0422

Fax 719-630-0616

West Coast Blind Sports Association (chapter of USABA)

P.O. Box 872575

Vancouver, WA 98687

360-226-7442

Kandi@wcbsa.org

California Association of Blind Athletes

www.cablindathletes.net/

1714 Franklin Street

Suite 100 Box 209

Oakland, CA, 94612

510-444-3652

Contact: Jesse Lorenz

Community Based Organization of the United States Olympic Committee enhances the lives of blind and visually impaired people by providing the opportunity for participation in sports and physical activity.

Entertainment

AudioVision, Inc

1503 Alta Glen Dr.

San Jose, CA 95125

408-265-2203

www.audiovision.org

katiemags@aol.com

A non-profit organization that advocates and provides description services for movies, videos, and television; theatrical plays, and musicals; educational media, exhibits, and environments, in order to make these media more accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired.

MoPix

http://ncam.wgbh.org/mopix/

Motion Picture Access

Listing of movies currently in theaters that are available with descriptive narration for people who are blind or visually impaired and may have trouble understanding what is happening when there is no dialogue. Listing of theaters all over the country that play descriptive audio. Listing of DVDs available with descriptive narration.

Storyline On Line

www.storylineonline.net

Screen Actors Guild Foundation presents some well-known Guild members reading picture books. There are suggestions for follow-up activities as well.

Museums, Exhibits and Botanical Gardens

Note: All the museums that are listed responded to emails asking what accommodations they make for visitors who are blind or visually impaired. There are several museums in major California cities that were contacted but did not answer or did not have any accommodations besides audio tours designed for the general public.

African American Museum and Library of Oakland

www.oaklandlibrary.org/AAMLO

www.oaklandlibrary.org/disabilityservices.html (for library access info)

659 14th Street

Oakland, CA 94612

510-637-0197

rmoss@oaklandlibrary.org

Much of the permanent exhibit in the museum is auditory. As part of the City of Oakland, we can offer materials, such as flyers, in alternative formats such as braille if requested. The accessible technology installed on two of our public computers at AAMLO is ZoomText Express.

Autry National Center

http://theautry.org

4700 Western Heritage Way

Los Angeles, CA 90027

323.667.2000 ext. 376

The Autry celebrates the American West. We provide audio tours for our permanent collections and special exhibitions. Free museum teacher-led tours (with museum admission, every 1st & 2nd Saturday of the month) featuring hands-on carts that allow visitors to experience history through hands on replicas of historical objects. The subject matter of the carts reflects a broad spectrum of western history. Museum visitors can also try their hand at panning for gold at an outdoor re-creation of a miner’s panning station. Free docent-led tours (with museum admission) are also available on weekends.

Contact: Sara Ann Rodriguez

Bay Area Discovery Museum

www.baykidmuseum.org

557 McReynolds Rd.

Sausalito, CA

415-339-3900

contact@badm.org

Our mission has been to develop the many facets of childhood creativity and play. Our trademark approach emphasizes open-ended, child-directed, discovery-based activities, in which there are infinite ways to play, discover, and create—not a single, ‘correct’ way as determined by adults. These are the types of early experiences that researchers have linked positively to the cultivation of lifelong creativity, and it is the type of play that happens for thousands of children each week at the Bay Area Discovery Museum.

California Science Center

www.casciencectr.org

700 State Dr.

Los Angeles, CA 90037

323-724-3623

4info@cscmail.org

Fun and informative permanent exhibits presented in interactive worlds. Through hands-on experiences in our galleries, you'll learn about human inventions and innovations, the life processes of living things and more. The Science Center also features fantastic special exhibits that change all the time, so visit often to find out what's new!

Chabot Space and Science Center

www.chabotspace.org

10000 Skyline Blvd.

Oakland, CA 94619

510-336-7300

Fax: 510-336-7491

visitorinfo@chabotspace.org

Several hands-on experiences are part of the permanent exhibits at the Chabot Space and Science Center, including an opportunity to try out space equipment, a simulated moon-walk, a chance to wear a space helmet and one of the Mercury capsules to climb into.

The Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert

www.cdmod.org

71-701 Gerald Ford Drive

Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

760-321-0602

FAX 760-321-1605

Over fifty "hands-on" exhibits in our main Gallery for children of all ages to learn from in the most interesting and funniest ways possible! As a "hands-on" museum we take the best of both worlds - exhibits and touch or manipulation - and combine them for a world of discovery!

Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose

www.cdm.org

180 Woz Way

San Jose, CA 95110

(408) 298-5437

(408) 298-6826 (Fax)

contactus@cdm.org

Many hands-on exhibits for children from pre-school age through ten years old.

Children’s Museum at La Habra

http://www.lahabracity.com/section.cfm?id=41

301 South Euclid Street

La Habra, CA 90631

562-905-9793

Over 14 hands-on exhibits. Children can ride a kid-size carousel, take a walk in T-Rex's footprints, pet an Arctic fox, pump gas, drive a bus, dress up and perform, and dig for fossils all in one afternoon!

The Children's Museum of Stockton

http://www.stocktongov.com/childrensmuseum/

near the downtown waterfront at

402 W. Weber, two blocks west of Center Street

209-465-4386

An educational experience from the moment young visitors step through the door, the museum features hands-on, play-based exhibits that will enhance a child's understanding of how the world works.

Crocker Art Museum

www.crockerartmuseum.org

216 O Street

Sacramento, CA 95814

916-808-1182

Fax: 916-808-5343

Monthly programs dedicated to making the museum accessible to people with lingual, economic and visual barriers.

Another option for your group is the Crocker's iPhone and iPod Touch application. The application includes audio guides and will describe to listeners various pieces in the collection. With enough advance notice, a Docent can be arranged to guide your group around the Museum for a touch tour.

Contact: Taline Kuyumjian

De Young Museum

www.famsf.org/deyoung/

Golden Gate Park

50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive

San Francisco, CA 94118

415-750-3600

contact@famsf.org

As at the Legion of Honor, an individual may make an appointment for a personal docent, and on our Access Days (for crowd averse people with disabilities) small numbers of blind visitors take docent tours. Our standard audio tours are available at no cost to people who are blind or have low vision.

We have a list of about 10 objects on exhibition that may be touched by a bind person on a docent-led tour. The participant must make an appointment for the tour and before the start of the tour must wash and dry his/her hands. (Gloves are not used.) We have a study collection that is available by appointment. Some special exhibits may have more objects or facsimiles that may be touched.

Contact: Tish Brown, ADA Compliance Officer

Discovery Museum

www.northcoast.com

3rd and F Streets

Eureka, CA 95501

707-443-9694

Over half of the museum is accessible to children who are blind or visually impaired without adaptations.

Exploratorium

www.exploratorium.edu

Palace of Fine Arts

3601 Lyon St.

San Francisco, CA 94123

415-561-0360

415-561-0362 (Tactile Dome reservations)

visit@exploratorium.edu

Provides science exhibits of all kinds, most of which are hands-on or have sound. You can arrange a tactile dissection of cow eyes by calling ahead and requesting it. The Tactile Dome is a pitch dark sensory exploration, giving a nice experience for blind students to show sighted students the ropes. “Explainers” are available throughout the museum to answer questions and give insight into exhibits.

Griffith Park, Los Angeles

info@gprah.com

griffithparktrainrides.com‎

Griffith Park & So. Railroad

4400 Crystal Springs Drive

(Los Feliz Exit from the 5 Fwy)

Los Angeles, CA 90027

323-664-6903

Travel Town Railroad

5200 Zoo Drive

(Forest Lawn Exit from 134 Fwy)

Los Angeles, CA 90027

323-662-6978

In Griffith Park there are train rides and pony rides as well as full-size locomotives and train cars to explore.

Kidspace

www.kidspacemuseum.org

480 N Arroyo Blvd.

Pasdena, CA 91103

626-449-9144

info@kidspace.org

Provides opportunities for self-directed, free-choice exploration where children become the masters of their own learning. Through both mediated and self-guided experiences children develop concepts that help them make sense of the world around them.

Legion of Honor

www.famsf.org/legion/

Lincoln Park

34th Avenue & Clement Street

San Francisco, CA 94121

415-750-3600

contact@famsf.org

As at the deYoung Museum, an individual may make an appointment for a personal docent, and on our Access Days (for crowd averse people with disabilities) small numbers of blind visitors take docent tours. Our standard audio tours are available at no cost to people who are blind or have low vision.

We have a list of about 10 objects on exhibition that may be touched by a bind person on a docent-led tour. The participant must make an appointment for the tour and before the start of the tour must wash and dry his/her hands. (Gloves are not used.) We have a study collection that is available by appointment. Some special exhibits may have more objects or facsimiles that may be touched.

Contact: Tish Brown, ADA Compliance Officer

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

www.lacma.org

5905 Wilshire Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90036

323-857-6000

publicinfo@lacma.org

“Visitors with Special Needs” docent program beginning Fall 2010. Special tours available on Tuesdays.

San Diego Automotive Museum

www.sdautomuseum.org

2080 Pam American Plaza

San Diego, CA 92101

619-398-0307

Fax: 619-231-9869

When we are notified in advance, docents will help people who are blind and visually impaired find their way around the museum. We give them gloves so

they can touch the vehicles and have the docent explain what they are

feeling. We have several audio/visual stations that complement

our exhibits.

Contact: Faye Levy

San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum

www.sfbotanicalgarden.org

corner of 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way in Golden Gate Park. |

415-661-1316

ahuddle@sfbotanicalgarden.org

Home of the Garden of Fragrance, designed in 1965 especially the visually impaired to be able to experience plants through smell and touch.

Visitors are invited to touch, smell, and listen in all the collections. The single poison oak plant has a fence around it.

Contact: Annette Huddle

San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum

www.slocm.org

1010 Nipomo St.

San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

805-544-5437

Over 30 hands on exhibits designed for children 2 to 10.

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

www.sbnature.org

2559 Puesta del Sol Road

Santa Barbara, CA 93105

805-682 4711

info@sbnature2.org

UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/

200 Centennial Drive

Berkeley, CA 94720-5045

510-643-2755

Fax: 510-642-5045

garden@berkeley.edu

Tours available using all senses.

Music

Academy of Music for the Blind (AMB)

www.ouramb.org

Monrovia, CA

626-358-5379

info@ouramb.org

Founded to help develop students' unique creative, mental and physical abilities and to assist students in succeeding in their current school or work environment. Classes include piano/guitar/percussion, singing/chorus, dance, braille literacy (music and literary), computer skills, orientation & mobility, music recording & engineering, social skills, creativity-imagination development, school remedial instruction, acting/stage performance techniques.

Contacts: David and Gayle Pinto

Avalon Music Therapy

www.avalonmusictherapy.com

Berkeley, CA

510-486-1296

marciemusic@theavalonfamily.com

Music therapy for children and youth who have special needs. Sessions include percussion, keyboard and piano. Experienced with students who are visually impaired.

Dancing Dots

www.dancingdots.com

1754 Quarry Lane

P.O. Box 927

Valley Forge, PA 19482

610-783-6692

Fax: 610-783-6732

info@dancingdots.com

Technology to benefit blind musicians and their educators: scan printed scores, listen to results or convert to braille music notation. Play your musical ideas into your PC, convert to print notation, braille score or audio CD. Import from PDF, Finale, Sibelius, etc., via MusicXML.

Study music by listening to your PC play it note-by-note or chord-by-chord together with verbal descriptions with Dancing Dots' Lime Aloud software.

Learn braille music and any Dancing Dots technology via on-site or remote training.

La Playa Music School

800 48th Ave. #4

San Francisco, CA 94121

www.laplayamusic.com

415-702-9473

laplayamusicschool@yahoo.com

Private and group lessons, at the La Playa School or in your home. Week long summer music day camps in June through August. Eager to welcome students who are blind and visually impaired.

Music and Arts Center for Humanity:

National Resource Center for Blind Musicians

http://blindmusicstudent.org/

510 Barnum Avenue

Bridgeport, Connecticut, 06608

203-366-3300

Fax: 203-368-2847

info@blindmusicstudent.org

Provides information and referral services for visually impaired students of all ages, their parents and teachers, learning opportunities for blind students headed to college, and maintains a network of visually impaired musicians willing to share their expertise in braille music, technology and coping strategies. The Resource Center is best known for its Summer Institute for Blind College-bound Musicians, a residential program which brings together students from several states, who are studying music at the college level.

Opus Technologies

www.opustec.com/

13333 Thunderhead Street

San Diego, CA 92129-2329 USA

866-678-7832 (toll free)

858- 538-9401

Fax: 858-538-9401

opus@opustec.com

Develop and sell software, print, and braille materials for learning and using braille, especially braille music.

Savant Academy

www.savantacademy.org/

Post Office Box 5341

Playa del Rey [Los Angeles], CA 90296

david@savantacademy.org

Inspired by young musicians who have optic nerve hypoplasia, the academy teaches students who have artistic gifts and are blind or visually impaired.

Physical Activities

ARCHERY

See No Limits

www.seenolimits.org/

BICYCLING

Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program- BORP

www.borp.org

2332 5th St.

Berkeley, CA 94710

510-849-4663

Fax: 510-849-4616

info@borp.org

Provides a variety of outdoor activities and events, including tandem riding.

Blind Stokers Club

http://blindstokersclub.org

San Diego, CA

director@blindstokersclub.org

Help blind and visually impaired people anywhere to find a nearby experienced tandem captain who has expressed interest in partnering. Just register on their website (works with JAWS)

Bicycling Blind

http://bicyclingblind.org/about

818-719-0238

info@bicyclingblind.org

Provides a place in cyberspace for sighted and blind cyclists to connect with one another. When you sign up and create your profile, you’ll answer questions to let prospective partners know what type of riding interests you: pleasure or social riding, fitness training, racing, and/or cycling events. Links to tandem bicycling clubs in Orange County, Palo Alto, Modesto and San Diego, as well as in other states.

Challenged Athletes Foundation

http://www.challengedathletes.org/

PO Box 910769

San Diego, CA 92191

858-866-0959

FAX: 858-866-0958

caf@challengedathletes.org

Walking and biking races and events

Disabled Sports USA Far West

www.dsusafw.org

P.O. Box 9780

Truckee, CA 96162

530-581-4161

FAX 530-581-3127

info@dsusafw.org

Offer cycling as well as many other sports for people who are disabled. To make a reservation for any Disabled Sports Cycling Event please call our Reservations desk #530-581-4161 or email reservations@disablesports.net .

Double Vision Tandem Club

Sponsored by the Western Blind Rehabilitation Center

3801 Miranda Ave.

Palo Alto, CA

650-852-3431

elizabeth.jessen@va.gov

New rider development every Thursday at 4pm and a large

group ride the 4th Saturday of the month. The public is welcome.

Contact: Liz Jessen

Tandem Time

Coordinated through Orange County Wheelmen

http://www.tandemtime.org/default.asp?page=1

tandemtime@ocw.org

Yosemite Tandem Bike Riding

Yosemite National Park

California

209-372-8319

yose_accessibility@nps.gov

http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/upload/access.pdf

Bicycles can be rented seasonally at Yosemite Lodge and Curry Village rental stands. A tandem bicycle (for visitors with sight and other impairments) and a

hand-cranked bicycle are available. Reservations suggested; call 209/372-8319. Check Yosemite Guide for hours of operation.

CLIMBING

Bay Area Climbers

www.bayareaclimbers.com/gyms.html

Listings of climbing gyms throughout California for indoor rock climbing. Not specifically made for people who are blind or visually impaired, but easily accessible.

Junior Blind of America

www.juniorblind.org

5300 Angeles Vista Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90043

800-352-2290 Toll Free

323-295-4555

Fax: 323-296-0424

info@juniorblind.org

Visions: Adventures in Learning, a program for youth 13 to 17 years old, which features snow skiing and snowboarding, rock climbing, hang gliding, kayaking, white water rafting, hot air ballooning, dog sledding and ATV riding.

DANCE

AXIS Dance Company

www.axisdance.org

Judith Smith

1428 Alice St. #201

Oakland, California 94612

510-625-0110

judy@axisdance.org

Dance 10

www.dance10.org

900 Santa Clara Ave.

Alameda, CA 94501

510-339-3345

On Stage Dance Center

www.onstagedance.com

12912 Paramount Blvd.

Downey, CA 90242

562-869-5001

10900 Los Alamitos Blvd. suite 145

Los Alamitos, CA 90720

562-869-5001

Creative Movement class welcomes blind and visually impaired students

San Ramon Valley Dance Academy

www.srvda.com

101 Ryan Industrial Ct.

San Ramon, CA 94583

925-837-4656

Fax: 925-837-0731

Email through website

Special needs class on Wednesdays from 2:45 to 3:30, serving students with a variety of disabilities.

FISHING

Blind Fishing Boat

www.blindfishingboat.com

230 Blackburn Ave.

Ottawa, Ontario

Canada, K1N 8A8

613-298-3028

info@blindfishingboat.com

Using boats made accessible for blind fishing enthusiasts to navigate and fish, Lawrence Eutenier arranges guided fishing excursions in Canada for people who are blind or visually impaired. His equipment is also available on the website.

Fishing Licenses

http://www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/fishing/sportfishingfreereduced.html

California Department of Fish and Game

3211 S Street

Sacramento, CA 95816

916-227-2271

Free fishing licenses for people who are legally blind.

HORSEBACK RIDING

Back Bay Therapeutic Riding Club, Inc.

20262 Cypress St.

Newport Beach, CA 92660

(949) 474-7329

backbayridingclub@yahoo.com

Providing an avenue to improve the bodies, minds and spirits of children, youth and adults with physical and or developmental disabilities, through therapeutic horseback riding lessons and other unique activities.

Bay Area Equestrian Network

www.bayequest.com/business/showBusi_65.htm

Provides a list of equestrian therapy providers for the state of California. None of them specifically address visual impairment, but all of them work with children and youth who are disabled in some way.

Halleck Creek 4-H Riding Club for the Handicapped

www.halleckcreekranch.org.

174 Old Rancheria Road

Nicasio, CA 94946

415-662-2488

jcassell@halleckcreekranch.org

Three group sessions year-round every Saturday. Individual lessons on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. They expressly welcome students who are blind or visually impaired.

Contact Julie Cassell, executive director

Hoofprints on the Heart Adaptive Riding Center

www.hotharc.org

455 Olivina Ave.

Livermore, CA 94551

925-449-9090

Email through the website

Work primarily with students who have cerebral palsy. Mounted lessons, equine assisted social skills and responsibility of stable maintenance. Activities 6 days/week plus summer day camp. Excellent description of therapeutic benefits on website.

Horses in California, Inc.

22-22nd Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94121

415-221-9438

Fax: 415-221-2581

www.horsesinca.com

horsesinca@aol.com

The "Brady Program" helps disabled and disadvantaged youths in the San Francisco Bay Area by offering horseman ship and horseback riding lessons as a physical or social therapy alternative.

National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy

www.nceft.org

880 Runnymede Road

Woodside CA 94062

650-851-2271

Fax: 650-851-3480

info@nceft.org

Providing equine-assisted therapy and equine assisted activities and promoting research and education in the field of hippotherapy.

Skyline Therapeutic Riding Program

www.skyline-ranch.com

5750 Redwood Road

Oakland CA 94619

510-336-0850

Improve physical, mental, social and emotional well-being, promote disability-awareness while recognizing each individual's abilities, provide educational and recreational opportunities, provide direct therapy services by trained professionals.

Therapeutic Horseback Riding

in the Los Angeles & Surrounding Areas

www.socalequine.com/health_care/therapeutic_riders_la.htm

A list of 34 therapeutic riding centers in Southern California

KAYAKING

Environmental Traveling Companions

Fort Mason Center

Landmark Bldg. C

San Francisco CA 94123

(415) 474-7662

Fax: (415) 474-3919

info@etctrips.org

Provides white water rafting, sea kayaking and skiing for people who have a variety of disabilities. Group trips can be arranged.

Junior Blind of America

www.juniorblind.org

5300 Angeles Vista Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90043

800-352-2290 Toll Free

323-295-4555

Fax: 323-296-0424

info@juniorblind.org

Visions: Adventures in Learning, a program for youth 13 to 17 years old, which features snow skiing and snowboarding, rock climbing, hang gliding, kayaking, white water rafting, hot air ballooning, dog sledding and ATV riding.

Ride-a-Wave

www.rideawave.org

PO Box 7606

Santa Cruz, CA 95061

831-239-3672

info@rideawave.org

Provide children and youth the chance to feel the thrill of riding a wave and experience a safe, fun-filled day at the beach, whether they are physically, developmentally or economically challenged. Kayaking, boogie-boarding, tandem surfing as well as safety lessons.

Wilderness Inquiry

www.wildernessinquiry.org/

808 14th AVE SE

Minneapolis, MN 55414-1516

612-676-9400

800-728-0719

Fax: 612-676-9401

info@wildernessinquiry.org

Wilderness trips all over the world that include participants with a variety of disabilities, including visual impairment and blindness. Sea kayaking trips available in North America and internationally.

MARTIAL ARTS and SELF-DEFENSE

Abada-Capoeira

www.abada.org

3221 22nd St. at Mission St.

San Francisco, CA 94110

415-206-0650

info@abada.org

Classes in Brazilian martial arts/dance. Students who have disabilities, including blindness and visual impairment are welcome in regular classes, and special classes for blind and visually impaired students can be arranged.

Academy of Taekwondo

www.academyoftkd.com/

988 Oak St. (at Scott St.)

San Francisco, CA 94117

415-864-4827

jidokwantkd@sbcglobal.net

Head instructor Bill Dewart provides self-defense classes for people who are blind and visually impaired as well as martial arts training.

Blind Judo Foundation

2205 Bridgepointe Parkway Suite 213

San Mateo, CA 94404

415-336-2355

www.supportblindjudo.com

Coach Willie Cahill

650-589-0724

Ron C Peck, MBA

roncpeck@earthlink.net

KidPower

www.kidpower.org/

Central Office

Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower

P.O. Box 1212

Santa Cruz, CA 95061

FAX: (0) 1 (831) 426-4480

East Bay Office

P.O. Box 2163

Castro Valley, CA 94546

eastbay@kidpower.org

Los Angeles Office

P.O. Box 3586

Granada Hills, CA 91344

Contact Person: Janice Flynn, Instructor/Board Member

losangeles@kidpower.org

North Bay Office

Sebastopol, CA 95473

Contact person: Steve Sassone, Program Coordinator

sonoma@kidpower.org

Peninsula Office

1618 Sullivan Ave. #311

Daly City, CA 94015

Contact Person: Antonie Del Bonta, Workshop Coordinator

1-800-467-6997 Ext. 5#

pennisula@kidpower.org

San Francisco Office

1706 Church Street, #1115

San Francisco, CA 94131

Contact person: Beth McGreevy, Program Coordinator

sanfrancisco@kidpower.org

South Bay/Silicon Valley Office

2741 Middlefield Rd., Suite 101

Palo Alto, CA 94303

Contact Person: Natalia Gabrea, Program Coordinator

southbay@kidpower.org

Provide self-protection training for children, youth and adults who have various disabilities. Experienced with students who are blind or visually impaired. They make adaptations for how different people’s bodies and minds work, focusing on what they can do, rather than what they cannot not. We teach the full spectrum of People Safety skills

Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired

214 Van Ness Ave.

San Francisco, CA 94102

415-1481

Fax: 415-863-7568

info@lighthouse-sf.org

Offer self-defense classes occasionally.

OUTINGS

Project Insight - Programs for Individuals who are Deaf or Visually Impaired

www.projectinsight.org

501 Stanyan St.

San Francisco, CA 94117-1898

415-242-5200

Fax: 415-242-5600

contactpi@sfgov.org

Programs run in collaboration with the Lighthouse for the Blind in San Francisco. The youth program has weekly Saturday outings, special events, and summer adventure programs. The seniors' activities include monthly outings and a weekly gardening program.

SAILING

Adaptive Sailing Program - Treasure Island Sailing Center

www.tisailing.org

698 1st Street, Bldg #112

San Francisco, CA 94130

415-421-2225

Fax: 415-421-2208

adaptivesailing@tisailing.org

Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors

www.baads.org

Pier 40, The Embarcadero,

San Francisco, CA 94107

Sail Mail at 415-281-0212

boardmembers@baads.org

Teaching sailing, cruising, racing, and developing engineering designs for adaptive equipment to benefit people with diverse abilities

SCUBA DIVING

Handicapped Scuba Association

www.hsascuba.com

Jim & Pat Gatacre

1104 El Prado

San Clemente, CA 92672-4637

949-498-4540

Fax: 949-498-6128

hsa@hsascuba.com

Training for divers and diving buddies who have a variety of diabilities, trips for scuba diving, on line help for divers who are disabled to find buddies to dive with.

SNOW SKIING

Disabled Sports USA Far West

P.O. Box 9780

Truckee, CA 96162

530-581-4161

FAX 530-581-3127

info@dsusafw.org

Skiing and snowboarding lessons for people who have a variety of disabilities at Alpine Meadows Resort and Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort. Scholarships are available through the Katherine Hayes Rodriguez Scholarship Fund.

Discovery Blind Sports Contacts

P.O. Box 248

Kirkwood CA 95646

(209) 258-2233

www.discoveryblindsports.org

Jeff Dean : Program Coordinator / Skier Logistics;

E-mail: discoveryblindsports@yahoo.com

Phone: (775) 742-5811

Traci Rofidal, Casey Landrum : Group Coordinators

(209) 295-8415 or (925) 698 - 6367

dbsguide4u@hotmail.com

vikpurp@yahoo.com

Environmental Traveling Companions

Fort Mason Center

Landmark Bldg. C

San Francisco CA 94123

(415) 474-7662

Fax: (415) 474-3919

info@etctrips.org

Provides white water rafting, sea kayaking and skiing for people who have a variety of disabilities. Group trips can be arranged.

Heavenly Mountain Ski Resort

Lake Tahoe, CA

http://www.skiheavenly.com/ski-and-ride-school/adaptive-ski-programs.aspx

Ski Schools of Heavenly-adaptive Alpine skiing

800-432-8365-make reservations 48 hours in advance

775-586-7000-for information during the off-season

Junior Blind of America

www.juniorblind.org

5300 Angeles Vista Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90043

800-352-2290 Toll Free

323-295-4555

Fax: 323-296-0424

info@juniorblind.org

Visions: Adventures in Learning, a program for youth 13 to 17 years old, which features snow skiing and snowboarding, rock climbing, hang gliding, kayaking, white water rafting, hot air ballooning, dog sledding and ATV riding.

Sierra Regional Ski For Light

www.srsfl.org

10435 Royal Crest

Truckee, CA 96161

Bruce Johnson, President

(916) 858-8020

ahoyskpr@aol.com

Cross-country skiing for people who are blind or visually impaired.

Wilderness Inquiry

www.wildernessinquiry.org/

808 14th AVE SE

Minneapolis, MN 55414-1516

612-676-9400

800-728-0719

Fax: 612-676-9401

info@wildernessinquiry.org

Wilderness trips all over the world that include participants with a variety of disabilities, including visual impairment and blindness. Ski and dogsled trips available in North America.

SURFING

Ride -A-Wave

www.rideawave.org

PO Box 7606

Santa Cruz, CA 95061

831-239-3672

info@rideawave.org

Provide children and youth the chance to feel the thrill of riding a wave and experience a safe, fun-filled day at the beach, whether they are physically, developmentally or economically challenged. Kayaking, boogie-boarding, tandem surfing as well as safety lessons.

Association of Amputee Surfers

www.ampsurf.org

PO Box 5045

San Luis Obispo, CA 93403

participate@ampsurf.org

This organization began as an association of amputees who surfed, and it has expanded to include people who have other disabilities, including blindness and visual impairment recently. Ampsurf hosts surf clinics the second Saturday of each month in one of these locations: Pismo Beach, Santa Cruz, San Clemente, Ventura or San Diego.

TRAVEL ADVENTURE

Global Explorers: Leading the Way

www.globalexplorers.org/programs/leading_the_way/

420 S. Howes, Suite B300

Fort Collins, Colorado, 80521

877-627-1425

FAX: 970-672-1073

jordy@globalexplorers.org

Developed in partnership with world-renowned blind athlete, Erik Weihenmayer, our nationally-recognized Leading the Way (LTW) program is open to blind/visually impaired and sighted students ages 14 to 21. Like all Global Explorers programs, LTW expeditions integrate science, service, leadership, and culture, resulting in an unparalleled, life-changing adventure. More than just an awesome trip, each Leading the Way expedition involves preparatory curriculum prior to travel and a service leadership project after travel. By making necessary accommodations and focusing on what students can do, the program challenges and prepares students to act on the passions they discover. Students set new goals and recognize the value of teamwork.

WATER SKIING

American Blind Skiers, Inc.

2325 Wilshire Blvd.

Santa Monica, CA 90403

213.828.5514

Water skiing in Santa Monica

Disabled Sports USA Far West

www.dsusafw.org

P.O. Box 9780

Truckee, CA 96162

530-581-4161

FAX 530-581-3127

info@dsusafw.org

Beginner and advanced skiers enjoy one-on-one instruction from experienced adaptive water ski instructors and trained volunteers at Pleasant Oak Lake and Locust Lakes.

WHITE WATER RAFTING

Disabled Sports USA Far West

www.dsusafw.org

P.O. Box 9780

Truckee, CA 96162

530-581-4161

FAX 530-581-3127

info@dsusafw.org

Provides people with disabilities the opportunity to safely whitewater raft down the South Fork of the American River, California’s most popular commercially rafted river. Questions about adaptive whitewater rafting for people with disabilities? Please call Michael Hunter, Program Coordinator at 530-581-4161x208 or michael@disabledsports.net.

Environmental Traveling Companions

Fort Mason Center

Landmark Bldg. C

San Francisco CA 94123

(415) 474-7662

Fax: (415) 474-3919

info@etctrips.org

Provides white water rafting, sea kayaking and skiing for people who have a variety of disabilities. Group trips can be arranged.

Junior Blind of America

www.juniorblind.org

5300 Angeles Vista Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90043

800-352-2290 Toll Free

323-295-4555

Fax: 323-296-0424

info@juniorblind.org

Visions: Adventures in Learning, a program for youth 13 to 17 years old, which features snow skiing and snowboarding, rock climbing, hang gliding, kayaking, white water rafting, hot air ballooning, dog sledding and ATV riding.

Wilderness Inquiry

www.wildernessinquiry.org/

808 14th AVE SE

Minneapolis, MN 55414-1516

612-676-9400

800-728-0719

Fax: 612-676-9401

info@wildernessinquiry.org

Wilderness trips all over the world that include participants with a variety of disabilities, including visual impairment and blindness. White water rafting trips available in North America.

YOGA

Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program- BORP

www.borp.org

2332 5th St.

Berkeley, CA 94710

510-849-4663

Fax: 510-849-4616

info@borp.org

Yoga and pilates as well as other activities. Moving to Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley

Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired

214 Van Ness Ave.

San Francisco, CA 94102

415-1481

Fax: 415-863-7568

info@lighthouse-sf.org

Offer yoga classes at various levels.

Yoga Center of Marin

www.yogacenterofmarin.com

518 A Tamalpais Dr.

Corte Madera, CA

415-927-1850

info@yogacenterofmarin.com

Suzanne Kanner, one of the founders, does yoga classes at Guide Dogs and welcomes people who are blind and visually impaired to her center.

Reading Options

AUDIO BOOKS

Books Aloud

http://www.booksaloud.org/

street address:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library (Lower Level)

150 E. San Fernando Street

San Jose, CA 95112

mailing address:

P.O. Box 5731

San Jose, CA 95150-5731

408-808-2613

Fax: 408-808-2625

info@booksaloud.org

The Books Aloud "Reading by Listening" Program provides a wide variety of recorded reading literature to eligible individuals of all ages. We keep the "Magic of Reading" alive for our clients. This is a FREE service.

Books on Tape (BOT)

www.booksontape.com

Books on Tape, A Division of Random House, Inc.

Attn: Customer Service

400 Hahn

Westminster, MD 21157

Note: Audio downloads of Books on Tape audio books are available from http://www.audible.com/.

BOT is a for-profit company that is the proud publisher of Listening Library audiobooks for the school and library market. Listening Library is the premier publisher of unabridged audiobooks for children and young adults. Their reputation for quality productions of the best in children's literature has set them apart from other audio producers. Their backlist of over 800 titles includes such popular characters like Arthur, Ramona, Amber Brown, Harry Potter, and such beloved authors as Judy Blume, Christopher Paolini, Mary Pope Osborne, Stephenie Meyer, Christopher Paul Curtis, and Philip Pullman.

Bookshare.org

www.bookshare.org

The Benetech Initiative

480 California Avenue

Suite 201

Palo Alto, CA 94306-1609

Email submissions go through websit

Bookshare® is free for all U.S. students with qualifying disabilities. Student memberships are currently funded by an award from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). Bookshare offers 90,627 digital books, textbooks, teacher-recommended reading, periodicals and assistive technology tools. Bookshare offers affordable membership, unlimited library privileges and a community of Members, Volunteers, parents, publishers and authors.

Brilliance Audio, Inc.

http://www.brillianceaudio.com/

1704 Eaton Drive

Grand Haven, Michigan 49417

800-854-7859

616-846-5256

Fax: 616-846-0630

Another for-profit company, Brilliance Audio publishes dozens of new audiobooks each month. They are published unabridged on compact disc, MP3-CD, and as a download with a release date simultaneous with the print book. Brilliance Audio completes their new release list each month with abridged recordings.

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

http://www.loc.gov/nls/

Library of Congress

Washington, DC 20542

800-424-8567 or

202-707-5100

nls@loc.gov

Online catalog: http://www.loc.gov/nls/ and click on “Search the catalog”

Web-Braille is an Internet, web-based service that provides, in an electronic format, many braille books and braille magazines that are produced by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS). The Web-Braille site is password-protected and all files are in an electronic form of grade 2 Braille, a format requiring the use of special equipment for access.

BARD is the Braille and Audio Reading Service (BARD) of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS). This new site for blind and physically disabled patrons of NLS now provides better than ever access to digital audiobooks and magazines. The BARD digital books and magazines are in the ANSI/NISO Z39.86 2002 format, the specification for navigable digital talking books. Readers may press buttons on the NLS digital talking-book player and compatible players to jump from chapter to chapter, section to section or page to page. This ability to quickly navigate the book structure, combined with the high-quality human recording, make the new digital NLS download books one of the most significant advancements in the provision of talking books for blind and low vision people.

Northern California:

Braille and Talking Book Library

California State Library

www.btbl.ca.gov

P.O. Box 942837

Sacramento, CA 94237-0001

916-654-0640

800-952-5666 (toll free in CA)

Fax: 916-654-1119

btbl@library.ca.gov

Online catalog: http://www.btbl.library.ca.gov/klasweb Application form available at: http://www.library.ca.gov/services/btblhow.html

Southern California:

Braille Institute Library Services

http://brailleinstitute.org/library

741 North Vermont Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90029

323-660-3880 or 323-663-1111, Ext. 1500

800-808-2555

bils@braillelibrary.org

Online catalog: http://webopac.brailleinstitute.org/klasweb

Application form available at: http://www.brailleinstitute.org/become_a_patron

Recorded Books, LLC

www.recordedbooks.com/

270 Skipjack Road

Prince Frederick, MD 20678

800-636-3399

Recorded Books, LLC is a for-profit company that sells audio books for all levels of readers.

Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D)

www.rfbd.org

20 Roszel Road

Princeton, NJ 08540

800-221-4792

custserv@rfbd.org

Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic® (RFB&D) works with leading publishers and technology innovators to bring accessible materials to individuals with visual and learning disabilities. Our textbooks, literature titles and other adult resource books are suitable for individuals, students and working professionals so that all can participate in lifelong learning.

Storyline On Line

www.storylineonline.net

Screen Actors Guild Foundation presents some well-known Guild members reading picture books. There are suggestions for follow-up activities as well.

AUDIO BOOK DEVICES

Humanware

www.humnware.com

445, Parc Industriel

Longueuil, (Quebec)

Canada J4H 3V7

800 722-3393

Download your favourite books and MP3s on your Victor Stream Reader and leave home with your library in the palm of your hand. This versatile, powerful DAISY-MP3 and NISO player lets you read and navigate through complex books, such as reference manuals and school books, as well as novels and magazines. You can also use its built in text to speech to read books in text format such as Bookshare. And that’s not all.

American Printing House for the Blind

http://www.aph.org/

1839 Frankfort Avenue

Louisville, KY 40206

502-895-2405

800-223-1839

Book Port Plus™ is a latest-generation accessible media player/recorder. Its small size, quality recording, and unique capabilities make it an ideal replacement for cassette player/recorders, earlier Digital Talking Book (DTB) players, or inaccessible commercial digital recorders. Its specialized hardware and software makes Book Port Plus easier to use, more reliable, and more flexible than cell phones or PCs that might perform some of its functions. Book Port Plus is an excellent music player and outstanding recorder. The reading controls let you read a wide variety of books in both audio (human speech) and text (synthetic speech) formats. Its ability to create Digital Talking Book recordings is unique.

AUDIO NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES

KPBS Reading Service

www.kpbsreadingservice.org

5200 Campanile Dr.

San Diego, CA 92182

The KPBS Radio Reading Service broadcasts the readings of newspapers, books and magazines to those with low vision, blindness and other print impairments. Airing 24 hours a day over a private audio channel, the Reading Service is accessible to qualified recipients in San Diego through a specialized radio, and online via audio webstream. All readings are produced by volunteers.

To have a Listener Information & Application Packet sent to you or someone you know, please leave a mailing address on our voicemail system: (619) 594-8170

Los Angeles Radio Reading Service (LARRS)

www.larrs.org

mailing address:

6216 Sylvia Ave.

Tarzana, CA 91335

Studio address:

Northridge Fashion Center

9301 Tampa Avenue, Suite 18

Northridge, CA 91324

818–345–2874

LARRS provides daily radio/internet broadcasts of newspapers, magazines, ads and books, enabling our listeners to be aware of local events, election information, back–page stories, grocery and department store ads, sports pages, and even Dear Abby and the comics.

The Los Angeles Radio Reading Service broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on the sub–carrier frequency of KCSN FM. Reception of the signal requires a special radio which may be obtained from LARRS. LARRS also provides a live audio programming stream on the world wide web which is available through this website.

NFB-Newsline

http://www.nfb.org/nfb/Newspapers_by_Phone.asp

National Federation of the Blind

200 East Wells Street

at Jernigan Place

Baltimore, MD 21230

866-504-7300

410-659-9314

Fax: 410-685-5653

nfbnewsline@nfb.org

NFB-NEWSLINE® just added its 300th publication AND it's still growing. Five Spanish-language

newspapers are now available to all subscribers. The service handles thousands of phone calls

each day for individuals across the country who now access daily newspapers and magazines

as never before. The toll-free centralized call-in center provides service on demand to any

subscriber. This also enables those who cannot read conventional print to have access to all

content offered on NFB-NEWSLINE® when traveling throughout the United States twenty-four

hours a day, seven days a week.

BRAILLE BOOKS

American Printing House for the Blind

www.aph.org

P.O. Box 6085

Louisville, KY 40206-0085

502-895-2405

800-223-1839

Braille Institute Press

http://www.brailleinstitute.org/childrens_books (and click on “children’s book catalog”)

741 North Vermont Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90029

800-272-4553

National Braille Press

www.nbp.org

88 St. Stephen Street

Boston, MA 02115-4302

800-548-7323

Braille International

www.brailleintl.org

3290 S.E. Slater Street

Stuart, FL 34997.

772-286-8366

Public Library Sales Program

http://www.cnib.ca/en/services/library/libraries-schools/sales/public-sales.aspx

CNIB Library

1929 Bayview Avenue,

Toronto, ON

M4G 3E8

800-563-2642

Seedlings Braille Books for Children

www.seedlings.org

P.O. Box 51924

Livonia, MI 48151-5924

800-777-8552

LARGE PRINT BOOKS

Thorndike Press

An imprint of Gale

http://www.galeschools.com/thorndike/

295 Kennedy Memorial Drive

Waterville, ME 04901

800-223-1244, ext. 4

Fax: 800-558-4676

These are companies that will produce large print books to order, but the books tend to be very expensive:

American Printing House for the Blind (APH)

www.aph.org

1839 Frankfort Ave.

P.O. Box 6085

Louisville, KY 40206-0085

800-223-1839

InfoCon

www.infocon-inc.com

2423 West March Lane, Suite 200

Stockton, CA 95207

800-544-4551

209-478-7075

Fax: 209-478-7074

Library Reproduction Service (LRS)

www.lrs-largeprint.com

14212 S. Figueroa St.

Los Angeles, CA 90061

800-255-5002

Sporting Goods and Resources

Blind Fishing Boat

www.blindfishingboat.com

230 Blackburn Ave.

Ottawa, Ontario

Canada, K1N 8A8

613-298-3028

info@blindfishingboat.com

Boats made accessible for blind fishing enthusiasts to navigate and fish.

Braille Awards

www.brailleawards.com

2602 Vista Drive

Newport Beach, CA 92663-5634

949-631-5596

Designs a variety of awards, such as trophies and plaques, in braille. Braille Awards also designs braille signage.

Envision Everyday

www.orderscenter.com

2301 South Water

Wichita, KS 67213

888-311-2299

316-440-1600

steve.stambaugh@envisionus.com or

orders.wcm@envisionus.com

Audible basketball set, beeping foam soccerball

Flaghouse

www.flaghouse.com

601 FlagHouse Drive

Hasbrouck Hts., NJ 07604-3116

800-793-7900

Fax: 800-793-7922 or 201-288-7887

Many products for adapted activities, including all kinds of audible balls, beepball sets, parachutes, OBalls, Tumble forms, musical mats, ball baths, BoomR sound devices.

Gliding Stars

www.glidingstars.org/adaptive.html

1412 Sweet Home Road, Suite 3

Amherst, NY 14228-2778

716-608-8345

Fax: 716-608-8346

infogs@glidingstars.org

Arthur Thomas, Chairman

Adapted ice skating equipment.

Handy Tech of North America

www.handytech.us

3989 Central Avenue NE.

Suite 402

Columbia Heights, MN 55421

651-636-5184

Fax: 866-347-8249

info@handytech.us

Audio Dart Master Talking Dart Board

Independent Living Aids

www.independentliving.com

200 Robbins Lane

Jericho, New York 11753

800-537-2118

Fax: 516-937-1848

Can-do@inpendentliving.com

Beeping footballs, goalballs, volleyballs, basketballs, soccer balls,talking pedometers, exercise equipment, beeping and bell balls of all kinds

LS&S

www.lssproducts.com

145 River Rock Drive

Buffalo, NY 14207

800-468-4789

Fax: 877-498-1482

Large balls, Rib-It grip balls, bell balls of all kinds

School Specialty

PO Box 1579

Appleton, WI 54912-1579

888-388-3224

Fax: 888-388-6344

www.store.schoolspecialtyonline.net

goal balls and safety equipment for goal ball, segmented jump ropes, Roll’N’Rattle sensory balls

Telephone Pioneers Regional support

303-798-6597

beepball@earthlink.net

beep ball source

United States Association of Blind Athletes

www.usaba.org

33 North Institute

Colorado Springs, CO 80903

719-630-0422

usainfo@iex.net

Videos on accessibility, intro to goalball, Goalball Strategies.

Goalballs, Five-a-Side footballs

Vision Aware

www.visionaware.org/recreation_leisure

Provides a guide to adapting various recreation and leisure activities to blindness and visual impairment

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