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A man stands and feels the face of a stature while on a tactile art tour at the NC museum of art

In this section you'll find resources related to relaxation, games, culture and recreation for those with visual or other impairments. Items are organized alphabetically.

Access North Carolina Guidebook - provides travelers with disabilities a full range of information on the accessibility of the state's parks, historic sites, museums, and other destinations. Available in English text-only version or English PDF version, and Spanish text-only or Spanish PDF version.

Accessibility at State Parks - A listing by North Carolina state park of accessible features at each park.

Arts Access - is a service that makes the arts accessible and enjoyable to all. They provide audio description, consulting and training services. The website serves as an interactive online resource to connect individuals, artists, educators and organizations throughout the state. Here is how to use the service and here is their full performance calendar.

Audiogames.net - a list of online games for the visually impaired. Many are freeware.

Blindfold Games - Blindfold Games creates audio games for visually impaired people for the iPhone, iPad and iPod. Games include casino games like Blackjack and Bingo, card games like Crazy Eights and Rummy, puzzle games like Simon and Color Crush, TV games similar to Wheel of Fortune and Word Ladder, and active games like Bowling, Pong and Pinball.

Captionfish - listing of audio described and closed captioned movies in local theaters. Uses your location to determine movies that are close by.

Handicapped Accessible Trails at State Parks - A list of North Carolina state parks with accessible trails and how to access them.

Maxi-Aids, Inc - Games - various games and instructional aids.

Movies for the Blind - offers audio described recordings (MP3) of public domain films and TV shows (like The Andy Griffith Show)

National Center on Accessibility - promotes access and inclusion for people with disabilities in parks, recreation and tourism. Was established through a cooperative agreement between Indiana University and the National Park Service. Over the last two decades, NCA has emerged as a leading authority on access issues unique to park and recreation programs and facilities.

NFB Newsline for the Blind - NFB Newsline is an automated, dial-in newspaper service. Using Newsline, one can listen to more than 150 newspapers being read by a computerized voice. In North Carolina, the Charlotte Observer and the Raleigh News and Observer are provided. To sign up for Newsline, call the library toll free at 1-888-388-2460.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society Accessible Nature Trails

Radio Reading Services - these are radio stations which have volunteers read local newspaper selections, magazines, stories, recipes, etc. A special receiver is given to RRS patrons to receive the broadcasts. There is no cost for the service, but donations are accepted and appreciated. Here is the list of all North Carolina Radio Reading Services by NCARRS. Raleigh and the Triangle are served by Triangle Radio Reading Service.

Ski for Light - An organization for blind or mobility impaired adults who cross-country ski or would like to learn how to ski. Instructor guides assist with skills and techniques while describing the countryside around you.

Top National Parks for Disabled Visitors

Trevor Thomas - Trevor Thomas is the world's only blind professional long distance hiker.  Throughout his career, he has trekked nearly 20,000 miles on America's most rugged and remote long trails. Read all about his adventures and insight.

Wheelchair Accessible Trails in NC - From Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a national organization
 

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