C.A.P.V.I.
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.
Contact Janine Kitahata or Ariel Gilbert at one of the numbers above.

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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