Sports for the Blind

Sports for the Blind

There are many opportunities for the Blind and visually impaired to engage in sports activities. Here are links to some of the available options:

Access To Recreation
8 Sandra Court
Newbury Park, CA 91320
(800) 634-4351

American Blind Bowling Association
411 Sherriff Street
Mercer, PA 16137

American Blind Golfers Association
300 Carondelet St.
New Orleans, La. 70112

American Blind Skiers, Inc.
2325 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90403

American Blind Skiing Foundation (ABSF)
610 S. William St.
Mount Prospect, IL 60056

Blind Bodybuilders Association (a nonprofit organization founded to promote physical fitness and better health for blind individuals through weight training and exercise. 
2314 River Park Circle, #2111
Orlando, FL 32817-4828.

Blind Outdoor Leisure Development (BOLD): An organization of blind and visually impaired individuals who participate in outdoor and cultural activities, based in Pittsburgh, but some sources are of general interest.

Blind and Vision Impaired Golf: This site contains information about the International Blind Golf Association and the member associations. Learn how blind golf is played, its rules, member qualifications, and tournament schedules. "You don't have to see it to tee it!"

Bowling for the Blind and Visually Impaired : (lawn bowling), as bowled in Australia, Canada and England.

Diving with Disabilities: Created by a doctor, with links to a number of programs for blind divers.

Football [soccer, in the United States] for the blind is played indoors, "with a sighted goalkeeper whose movements are limited by the small penalty area, and with a guide behind the opponent's goal to direct the players when they shoot."

Goalball: The International Paralympic Committee site offers an introduction to the game, official rules and links to goalball organizations around the world. From the home page, click on "sports" and find "Goalball" in the drop-down box.

Independence First : Wheelchair basketball, football and ice hockey, as well as adaptive skiing and adaptive movement and dance classes.

International Blind Sports Federation: Links to national sports organizations.

Judo for Blind Athletes: General information, schedules and coaching tips.

National Beep Baseball Association (NBBA)
2231 West First Avenue
Topeka, KS 66606-1304
(785) 234-2156
News and schedules, plus a RealAudio feed of the Game of the Week!

National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD): offers information and resources including guidelines to consider before beginning an exercise regimen as well as fact sheets on many popular games, recreational activities, and sports that have been adapted to allow people with disabilities to participate as fully as possible. Website features searchable databases, documents, and discussion groups, all providing up-to-date information that can help people with disabilities become more physically active.

National Sports Center for the Disabled provides recreational downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing lessons, competition training to ski racers with disabilities. Summer recreation opportunities include biking, hiking, in-line skating, sailing, therapeutic horseback riding, white water rafting, baseball, fishing, rock climbing for the blind, and camping.

The Optimist-Braille Institute Olympics: Held each year in May and are open to all legally blind persons 6 to 18 years old. The Games are sponsored by Optimist Clubs throughout California, Utah, Arizona, Maryland, Delaware, North Carolina, Georgia and Texas.

Oregon Disability Sports
Salem, Oregon
(800) 869-8180

"Safe Without Sight": A practical self-defense manual for people who cannot see, available in print, braille, cassette or on computer diskette from the National Braille Press.

The Skating Association for the Blind and Handicapped: Teaches ice skating to people of all ages and with all sorts of disabilities.

Ski for Light, Inc.
1455 West Lake Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55408
(612) 827-3232

Skiing trips that match blind skiers with sighted guides, for skiers of all abilities; partial stipends available for first-timers. Ski for Light pairs visually- and mobility-impaired skiers with non-disabled guides for a week-long international skiing program.

Tandem Windsurfing for Visually Impaired: Aims to "to provide an experience for the Visually Challenged Individual with the use of safe Tandem Windsurfing Equipment."

United States Association of Blind Athletes USABA)
33 N. Institute Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
(719) 630-0422
USABA trains 3,000 blind and visually impaired athletes in nine sports--alpine and Nordic skiing, goalball, judo, powerlifting, swimming, tandem cycling, track and field and wrestling.

United States Blind Golfers Association:
3094 Shamrock North
Tallahassee, Fl 32308

Victoria Blind Cricket Association 

World Blind Sailing