Overview of Paralympic Sports
Learn about the possibilities for meaningful participation in sports for students with visual impairments. For example, para-swimming, para-cycling, boccia, para-rowing, and goalball.
With the pressures and expectations of our daily ‘on the go’ schedules, learning how to relax and release stress is important. Participating in recreation and leisure activities that are physical activities can promote fitness and a healthier lifestyle. Leisure activities such as hobbies can be a creative outlet. Becoming aware of and developing recreation and leisure skills can lead to a sense of wellbeing in the pursuit of fun.
The BC Curriculum emphasizes Personal and Social as a core competency with the goal that all students understand themselves, develop a positive self-identity and self-worth, and understand their roles and responsibilities within society.
The Positive Personal & Cultural Identity Competency Profile identifies three facets related to self-awareness:
The Positive Awareness & Responsibility Competency Profile identifies three facets related to self-awareness:
For students with visual impairments, learning about opportunities for recreation and leisure is important.
While sighted students observe people in their communities at work and play, students with visual impairments might miss this information if their attention is not drawn to it. Providing students with visual impairments several opportunities to try a variety of different leisure activities in a safe environment will help them get a sense of what they enjoy and encourage them to become proficient allowing them to dive deeper into the experience. Also, connecting students with community and non-profit organizations that focus on adapted sports like hockey and goalball can further social skills such as collaboration, self-regulation and problem solving.
Areas of recreation and leisure include (McGregor and Farrenkopf, 2017):
Angelidis, J., & Marraffa, S. (n.d.). Adapted PE kit resources for students who are blind or visually impaired.
Buell, C. E. (1982). Physical education and recreation for the visually handicapped. Reston: American Alliance for Health, Physical education, Recreation and Dance.
Lieberman, L. J., Ponchillia, P. E., & Ponchillia, S. V. (2013). Physical education and sports for people with visual impairments and deafblindness: foundations of instruction. New York: AFB Press.
Move to Include All Children. A two-day workshop hosted by PRCVI and the Surrey School District with Dr. Lauren Lieberman.
McGregor, D., & Farrenkopf, C. (2017). Recreation and Leisure. In Foundations of education (3rd ed., Vol. 2, pp. 804–830). New York, NY: AFB Press, American Foundation for the Blind.