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Barriers to Physical Activity for Children with Visual Impairments: How Far Have We Come and Where Do We Still Need to Go?

Kelsey Linsenbigler, Susan Petersen, Lauren Lieberman


Children with visual impairments tend to be less active and have lower levels of fitness than their sighted peers (Haegele & Porretta, 2015; Houwen, et al., 2009). Barriers such as a lack of professional preparation for teachers, and the attitudes of the public towards people with visual impairments, are currently keeping many children with visual impairments out of physical activity. Some of the barriers to physical activity for children with visual impairments have not changed significantly in the past 20-30 years. More physical activity options specifically for people with visual impairments do exist, but they are not easily available for all children with visual impairments. The barriers identified need to be studied more deeply, so the root of the barrier can be determined, and the steps to eliminate or lessen it can be taken. 

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