While I was doing some research for this month's Sports and Adventure theme, I found a retreat center that focuses on the needs of people with visual impairments. I wanted to tell you about it on this last day of our theme.
Hull Park website is here, and it looks amazing. They offer a wide variety of activities, and also have opportunities to volunteer if you are interested. I hope to visit someday but if you live near there, it'd be a good idea to check it out.
Yesterday we talked about the Special Olympics program, and today, I'd like to talk about it's history. It was started by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, because of her experience with her sister, Rosemary Kennedy. Her story is close to my heart, because I started Family First Braille because of my experience with my son, Tyler.
Here are some links that will tell you more about Mrs. Shriver and the history of the Special Olympics program.
Earlier this month, we talked about the Paralympic Games. While they are a wonderful organization, they don't meet everyone's needs. Some people with visual impairments have additional disabilities, and would be better served through the Special Olympics program.
Here is some information about Special Olympics. This is a list of all the sports they offer. And here is a list of programs if you would like to volunteer.
In addition to the sports programs they offer, Special Olympics is dedicated to improving the health of the participating athletes. You can read about this program here. It's a wonderful program and I hope you enjoy learning about it.
We continue our theme of Sports and Adventure with some information on summer camps.
There are many summer camps for children with visual impairments, but we'll talk about two today.
There are many videos about how to play goalball. I've selected a few for you to watch today. There are many more, but I thought these were particularly good.
I hope you've enjoyed learning about the sport of goalball this week!
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