We have five senses.
Becoming visually impaired should not limit your ability to have fun and learn new things. You still have your other senses and can engage with the world in new creative ways.
To do this, here are 9 hobbies for blind people to learn new things and break their boredom.
Remember, some of these hobbies should be done with the support of other people because of security concerns.
Hobbies For The Blind And Visually Impaired
Become a creative writer
Creative writing is a perfect fit for any blind or visually impaired person.
Everybody has a story inside them even if you can’t perceive it. There is a wellspring of ideas within you that people are willing to hear and read.
You can make the process easier by recording your thoughts. Most of the popular word-processing software has this functionality.
Listen to Audiobooks
Another hobby a visually impaired person can pick up immediately is listening to audiobooks.
No matter the genre, there is an audio version for it online. Amazon is filled with audio versions of any book you want to read. You can also try Audible which contains books on any topic.
You can create a customized playlist and learn all day long.
Here is a list of suggestions that also help you cope well with your situation:
- Touching the Rock: An experience of Blindness – by John M. Hull
- The Island of the Color Blind – by Oliver Sacks
- Nightwatch – by Errol Broome
- The Country of the Blind – by H. G. Wells
- If You Could See what I Hear – by Tom Sullivan
- Stars Come Out Within – by Jean Little
- A Dolphin in the Bay – by Diana Noonan
Listen to Radio
Just like audiobooks, you can listen to the radio for the latest news and updates on current events.
It sounds simple but is a great activity to keep yourself informed. There are tons of radio stations discussing topics of religion, politics, education, and other relevant ones you want to know more about.
Listening to Podcasts
If a radio is great for learning, then podcasts will supercharge your learning.
This medium has creators that focused on specific core topics in almost any field of study. Name your interest, there are podcasts for it. Even podcasts on how to live a wonderful and engaging life with blindness.
Watch Movies With Audio Descriptions
Most people don’t consider watching movies a learning opportunity.
They just sit in front of the television soaking in scenes mindlessly without thinking. What you might call passive TV watching. No proper encoding is done.
Reverting back to being visually impaired, you can watch movies nowadays with audio descriptions. You won’t miss a thing with poor eyesight.
Start playing visually impaired-friendly games
Whether board games, chess, or digital games, there are visually impaired-friendly versions available. Board games and other physical games have tactile and Braille features to ensure engagement from blind people.
Examples of some of these games are Braille monopoly, scrabble, and checkers.
There are also digital games with audio interactions that make them fit for blind and visually impaired people to play. No matter the genre, there are audio games for any of them.
Start an Exercise Routine
For a healthy body and mind, exercise is a key hobby you have to pick up.
You can go to the gym or do your own workouts at home. Ensure, however, that you have someone to ensure you safely practice your drills.
Make it a daily routine.
Go for a swim
With the help of a friend or family member, visit your local swimming pool and enjoy yourself.
It will help you relax and keep fit at the same time.
Keep safe and ensure someone is always around to look over you.
Go for a walk
Taking walks routinely makes a strong body and a resilient mind.
Two crucial elements you need to combat the effects of loneliness – Stress.
Always make sure to have someone with you at all times. Also, a trained dog can be an effective walking partner.
Hit the Kitchen
Adjustments can be made to the kitchen so that any visually impaired person can cook a healthy meal.
Place braille tags or tactile labels on all kitchenware. Have recipes in audio format and prepare ingredients beforehand.
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