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Students identify the items and events that make adaptive sports possible. In this adaptive sports lesson plan, students research how accomplishments are obtained for people with disabilities.  Students research different tournaments, events, and races that use adaptive sports and equipment that make these accomplishments possible. 
Bring gaming into the classroom as part of a physical education lesson. Learners with disabilities participate in various physical activities using the Nintendo Wii. They use the video game system not only to play different sports, but also to learn the rules of games. It is a creative way to explore these games.
Don't be fooled by how short this lesson is; it contains a good idea for adaptive PE. The activity is intended to help learners with visual impairments increase motor skills, muscle strength, and mobility. Two kids play a game of tug of war by pulling against each other while holding onto a Thera-Band or a rope. 
Hats off to Barry for a great idea. He teaches Adapted PE to elementary school children, and when he is absent they often don't get to have PE. So he came up with this great plan to videotape short lessons that his pupils could follow, and all the regular teacher has to do is push the play button on the VCR. The sky is the limit, so take this idea and adapt it to meet your needs.
Interested in Special Olympics? Looking for an adapted PE lesson plan for throwing and batting? Here's a lesson plan based on the rules from Special Olympics for throwing and batting a softball.  The rules are included in the lesson plan and they help to define the set-up of the skill drills. So if you need to adapt a PE lesson plan this one might be useful.
Golf is a popular game that is enjoyed around the world. Invite your pupils with visual impairments or blindness to putt a few balls or make a hole in one. This instructional activity provides several very good suggestions as to how you can teach an adaptive version of golf to learners with special needs. The ultimate goal of the instructional activity is to engage learners on a real golf course. How cool is that?
Did you ever play capture the flag? I did, and it was so much fun! Your learners with special needs, physical handicaps, or visual impairments can play a classic and highly engaging game with a few minor adaptations. The best part is, while they play, they will be building directional mobility and orientation skills, as well as interacting socially and learning how to navigate an outdoor environment. 
Here is a great set of adaptations and modifications that will make your next game of disc golf accessible to all your pupils. Listed are several variations and ways you can modify the game for your learners with physical or visual impairments. 
Kickball is a classic recess game that everybody should play at least once. Included here is a wonderful set of instructions that describe how you can modify the game to make it accessible to children with low or no visual ability. Ramps, cones, and high contrast markers make a recess classic totally accessible. 
Baseball can be so entertaining! Here are a few great ideas you can use to get your learners with visual impairments out on the old ball field. A sound-enhanced pitching device or T-ball stand is used to alert players when it's time to swing the bat. Cones are used to help learners find their way to all four bases, and balls and bats of various sizes are used to make the game fully accessible.
Why is learning how to catch and toss so important? If one has visual impairments, learning this basic skill will help him increase orientation and mobility, coordination, and cognitive development,. Mastery of this skill will also mean that he is more likely to play with other kids on the playground. Bean bags, brightly colored targets, sound, and other modifications are used to help learners become the best bag tossers around.  
Here is a game that can be played by both sighted and unsighted children. Floor mats, blindfolds, and bowling pins are used to create a real-life battleship game where each team attempts to knock down the other team's pins. 
The world is a very different place to those who are blind. That is why it is so important to have your kids with visual impairments explore the world in many different ways. For this activity, a bean bag is placed on the child's head, and he/she attempts to keep it there while he hops, crawls, walks, or skips. 
Students develop spatial awareness through "movement" using hula hoops as the personal parameter.
A typical physical education crab soccer game just for the fun of it. Included are several ideas for accomodations and modifications.
Children with visual impairments need to continuously work on balance, gross motor skills, and mobility. Foster mobility and orientation skills by engaging them in a series of fun balance stations during PE. You'll set up each of the four suggested stations and your kids will spend a set amount of time at each one. They'll kick soccer balls, kick balls while standing on a balance beam, kick balls to each other, and play a balance beam tug of war game. Each activity is fun and will definitely help your kids stay fit and balanced.
I cannot stress enough how important orientation and mobility training is for learners with visual impairments. To practice maintaining their balance, as well as work on building the confidence to participate in recreational sports, learners practice rolling from side-to-side, and roll their bodies in order to knock down a series of objects. 
Walking in a straight line is one thing. Walking while trying to shift your weight from side to side to maintain balance is another challenge altogether. Learners with visual impairments practice walking in a figure eight. Cones are set up, and pupils attempt to weave in and out of the cones to reach the end of the course. Learners who are partially sighted may be able to add in other types of locomotor skills such as skipping and marching.
Learners who are blind or have visual impairments learn to take high steps in order to improve their balance and mobility. They start by marching in place, and then march around the room. Finally, they attempt to step over a towel as they walk. This activity could prove quite difficult and a safety mat is suggested. 
Learners reflect on their own personal fitness. They work together to develop fitness plans for each other. They implement and monitor their progress and evaluate their plan.

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