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ADAPTIVE EQUIPMENT FOR RECREATION
Identifying and reducing
barrier(s) to leisure pursuits is one of the most unique
of activity professionals and recreational therapists
and an area of great importance in the revised CMS Activities
Guidance to Surveyors. Often times, we have to adapt/alter
activities or the situation to make the activities more
accessible to people who have limitations in skill due
to physical, cognitive or social impairments. There are
many benefits to adapting activities which include:
barriers to leisure pursuits
residents needs and interests
Meet the individual needs of residents
quality of life
Maintain or increase
There are also various ways
in which a recreational therapist or activity professional
adapt activities. Such
methods include changing the rules of the activity, utilizing
cues and prompts, changing the environment, task sequencing,
and the utilization of adaptive devices and equipment. The
following is a list of adaptive equipment providers that
offer products for individuals with various limitations
It’s Never 2 Late
The mission of It's Never 2 Late is to link seniors, older adults with disabilities, and caregivers with technology. They have partnered with a variety of technology partners throughout the United States to construct adaptive labs which are customize for the unique needs of your senior living community.
The DUET is a colorfully designed
wheelchair tandem that combines the latest in cycle technology
wheelchair design. It provides recreational opportunity
no other product can provide!
Rockwell Collins Retiree Volunteer Program
RCRV Inc. is an organization of Rockwell Collins Retirees
involved in a wide range of volunteer activities in the
community. It is intended to benefit both retirees and
the community while responding to needs which volunteers
can fill. Their website features over 100 designs to
make your own adaptive equipment
Adapted recreation and sporting equipment for people
with disabilities and the aged
WhisperGLIDE Swing Company
WhisperGLIDE provides adapted indoor/outdoor swings
The Low Vision Store.com
The Low Vision Store offers adaptive equipment
for the visually impaired.
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically
This webpage features a WIDE variety of adaptive
equipment for all types of sports and activities.
As the largest manufacturer of custom hand grips/adaptive
handles and foam tubing in the world, Gripworks offers
more sizes, styles, and materials than any other manufacturer.
Dynamic Living offers hundreds of kitchen products,
bathroom helpers and unique daily living aids that promote
a convenient, comfortable and safe environment for people
of all ages. Their products are well designed, attractive
and provide easy-to-use features. Great for seniors,
busy parents and people with arthritis, limited vision
or other physical challenges
Maxi Aids offers a variety
of adaptive equipment to increase independent living
for individuals with a variety
of impairments such as blind/low vision, hard of hearing/deaf,
mobility, medical health, etc. .
A Days Work
A Days Work offers a variety of adaptive musical
instruments and holding devices.
This webpage lists a large variety of resources
for individuals with hearing, visual, and/or speech impairments.
Sea Bay offers a variety of adapted physical games
American Printing House for the Blind
The APH offers a large selection of large print
Doubleday Large Print Home Library
Doubleday offers a vast selection of large print best
sellers, romance, self-help, health, mysteries and more
in easy to read books and large print publications.
Library of Congress
The Library of Congress offers Braille and recorded
books and magazines for free.
New York Times
The NY Times offers weekly subscriptions in large
Readerís Digest offers
a large print edition.
National Association for Visually Handicapped
The National Association for the Visually Handicapped
is a large print loan library.
John Milton Society for the Blind
The John Milton Society offers free large print
resources and Braille
LS&S Group Inc.
in products for the blind, visually impaired, deaf, and
hard of hearing. You will find a
great collection of low vision aids, hearing helpers,
daily living aids, and products for independence, resources,
Access to Recreation
Access to Recreation offers a large variety adapted
recreation equipment such as pool lifts, all-terrain
wheelchairs, reading devices, adapted sport equipment,
S & S offers a
large variety of adapted crafts, sports, and recreation
Bell provides a large variety adapted sports and
Nasco Activity Therapy
Nasco offers a variety of adapted games and dementia
Flaghouse Special Populations:
Flaghouse has a wide variety of products for seniors
and individuals with disabilities including adapted sports
and movement products, sensory and Snoezelen, manipulatives,
adapted games, and more!
Sportstime Abilitations offers a variety of adapted
physical games and sports, as well as multi-sensory products.
Personal Mobility Vehicles
Since 1992, Vision Technology has been a leader in designing and creating vision aids for individuals with macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma among others.
Eastern Health Cue Cards This is an amazing resource! Free cue cards in many, many languages. Available in different sizes too. You have to check this out at http://www2.easternhealth.org.au/language/cueCards/cards.asp
Audiovision is the radio reading service of the New Jersey State Talking Book and Braille Center intended for New Jerseyans who are unable to read standard print because of blindness or any other eligible print disability. Material read is the property of the original copyright holder. No unauthorized use is permitted. (800) 792-8322. http://www.audiovision-nj.org