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Hobbies for the blind and VI

Here I will list and describe hobbies for the blind and VI. I feel that this is important because sometimes people who are blind feel as though they can't do anything. This is false. I want to give these people ideas on something that they can do just for pure fun. Some hobbies include but are not limited to:

Knitting- This can be done through feel and practice.

Creating para cord bracelets- One of my personal favorites. This can be done by feel as well. It may help to have a tap measure with Braille numbers because most projects call for a certain length of cord. There are endless things that you can make with para cord. You don't just have to make bracelets.

Reading- Sometimes it can be really relaxing to cuddle up on a couch and read a good book. People who  are blind and visually impaired can read Braille. Not all people who are visually impaired read Braille. There are large print books available. There are also audio books if you would rather listen than read.

Creative Writing- You don't need sight to write! Poems, fictional stories, etc. can be written on a Perkins Brailler, a Braille and speak, or even on a computer that has adaptive software. One author that I know of who is was born visually impaired is Brandon Boswell. He work is defenitly worth checking out.

Cooking- A lot of people who are blind feel like they can't cook. There are rehabilitation/transitions services that you can get in touch with to help you transition to living on your own. This includes teaching people how to cook. People who are blind or have a visual impairment rely on the taste, smell, and feel of the food. One person who is really inspirational in the culinary field is Christine Ha. She has a severe visual impairment and won Fox's TV show Master Chief.

Learn to play a musical instrument- You don't have to learn how to read music. If you have a good enough ear you may be able  to learn everything by ear. I personally know sighted people who prefer this method of learning music. I also exceeded in band. I am not completely blind but it was hard at time to read the music. I would more or less go off how the piece was supposed to sound. I was then able to replicate it.

Horseback riding- Animals don't judge. Especially for me, just being around horses has been really therapeutic.  They sometimes seem to know something is different. People who are blind and visually impaired can compete in trial events, jumping, dressage, and any other equestrian event.

Volunteer- You may need a sighted guide, but you will still be giving back to the community.

Pottery- With Pottery, you mainly use your hands and your sense of touch to move and shape the clay into the object you desire.

bowling- All bowling alleys should have adaptive bowling ramps. The ramps allow the bowler to position the ball without having to use sight to position with the arrows on the floor. If you feel like you don not need a ramp, the alley should have rails they can put out to lend you to the bowling lane.

kayaking/canoeing- What's better than being on the open water? Not much. Kayaking or canoeing is a way to kind of 'drive your own ship' you don't really have to worry about bumping into things. It can be a really enjoyable hobby.

 Fishing- As odd as it may sound fishing doesn't really require sight. I would recommend that someone fully sighted take over the boat handling if you happen to be fish in a river or other body of water. I would recommend fishing for fish that really pull on the bait. This way you can feel it rather than trying to fish with a bobber which can be hard to see.

Go to places that are stimulating to other senses- The zoo is a good option. There are many types of different smells, sounds, and sometimes tactile adventures. Here, in North Carolina we have a waterfowl park that has a huge variety of birds. They recently opened up a facility were you can feed birds yourself. If you are ever in the area you should really go. If you are interested, I will put the information onto the site. Just leave a comment on the comments page.

Get the adrenaline pumping- Roller coasters and sky diving are great ways to get the adrenaline going and and excite all of the senses.

Run/exercise- This can be accomplished with a sighted guide or in a area you are very familiar with.

I feel that people who are blind and visually impaired can do pretty much anything they want to do. They might have to do things differently but I feel that if they are motivated enough they will find away. Do you have a hobby not listed? Leave it in the comments and I will be sure to add it.