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Syracuse University Fit Families Program: Physical Activity Program for Families of Children with Visual Impairments

Luis Columna


Children with visual impairments (VI) and their families experience multiple barriers when trying to access physical activity (PA) opportunities. These barriers limit family possibilities for enjoying the multiple benefits that arise from having active lifestyles. The purpose of this article is to describe a PA program that maximizes recreational and sport opportunities for children with VI and their families. Families and their children participated in four interactive workshops: (a) orientation and mobility, (b) motor development and physical activity, (c) aquatic opportunities, and (d) team sports. A research study was conducted as part of the program and some of the findings indicate that active participation from parents enhanced their ability to teach PA and games to their children.


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parents; physical activity; visual impairments

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