Sports balls for the blind and visually impaired? YES!!!
From children to adults, specially made sports balls with sound devices within them help those who are blind or who suffer from low vision locate the flight and direction of the ball – and have fun while successfully playing a variety of outdoor sports.
This Spring and Summer, Get Out There and Play Ball!
Balls for sport and play for the blind and visually impaired have bells, directional bells, rattles or beeping sounds so the player can locate the moving (or non-moving) ball during play.
Some adaptive sports balls are of regulation size and material while other sports balls may be either larger or smaller than regulation size, and other types of balls may be made with foam rubber or soft, fuzzy materials.
Beeping Foam Football
The array of balls that incorporate an auditory cue during use include balls for soccer, basketball, football, rugby, cricket, softball and more!
Just like everyone, visually impaired folks also enjoy the thrill of victory while also enjoying exercise, activity, independence – and playing on a beautiful spring or summer day.
What’s more, by providing blind or visually impaired individuals with athletic opportunities, ball games also help to change the way society may think about the athletic abilities of vision impaired people, as well as other people with disabilities.
The Importance of Physical Education At a Young Age
Physical education is important for all children. Yet, quite often, children who are visually impaired do not experience the same chances or opportunities for physical education or recreational activity as sighted children in their early years.
Well - not anymore!
Today more than ever we are able to expose our young ones to as many recreational activities as soon as possible. This better prepares them for future inclusion and independence through enhanced development of social skills, motor skills, language skills, and physical fitness.
The inclusion of both sighted and visually impaired players, especially during the early years of childhood, in group activities will help assure that children will learn to interact with each other and value tolerance and acceptance. Blind or visually impaired children should be able to participate in most physical or recreational activities to help build their self-confidence by letting them try – and succeed!