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Having a disability shouldn't stand in your way of enjoying or discovering new hobbies & activities. Whether you enjoy solitary activities such as fishing or reading, or would like to engage in group activities, like playing cards or pool, or even if you are an adrenalin junkie & would prefer Shark Cage Diving or Skydiving, there is always something for you, no matter what your age or degree of disability is. People with mobility impairments can achieve important benefits by taking part in activities & hobbies. These activities do not only encourage socializing, but also bring enjoyment. Unlike Sport, they do not require any skills or much exertion, but can help prevent depression among other things. They can also improve your mood, reduce anxiety & stress, as well as get you out of the rut, but they may however include barriers like affordability, transportation lack of access & information. If an activity doesn’t work for all abilities, it can usually be adapted so everyone can participate. It may require more planning & organization, but the benefits will make it worth your while. Below is a wide range of hobbies & activities that you can enjoy doing.
Below are a few Hobbies available. To view more information about these Hobbies and others, view the menu on the left.
Books & Reading
Reading is a wonderful hobby and very inexpensive. It provides so many benefits and is a hobby that can still be enjoyed despite having a disability. With the help of the many assistive devices available, books & reading can still be enjoyed, even with a severe disability.
The act of reading improves your ability to absorb and comprehend written information, helping you in virtually any career path. There are very few jobs today that don't incorporate written information or instructions, and the more you read, the easier it is for you to absorb that information and execute your job better. Reading can be surprisingly social, too, with book clubs turning books into a true social event.
Books can be acquired for practically nothing at your local library or used bookstore and can be read in small pieces when you have a five minute gap or in large chunks when you have a lazy afternoon. Most books are also incredibly portable & can provide you with many hours of entertainment.
Card, Video & Board Games
If you enjoy playing Puzzles, Cards, Video games or Board games, there is always something that you should still be able to do despite your Mobility Impairment. You might need help or the assistance of assistive devices, but most of these games are still possible and can be played on your own or in groups. In many instances, your disability will not affect how well you play, so you can play against disabled or able bodied opponents. Focus on the games that you can play, rather than those that you can't.
Art & Creative Writing
Art & Creative Writing are both great hobbies because, they are not only enjoyable, but also a form of therapy, a form of escapism and can also be a way to make money. Creative Writing does not cost anything, except an initial outlay if you need a computer or computer aids and don't have them. Many of the hobbies that are considered Art are relatively inexpensive, but may cost a bit to get started. Some people with severe physical disabilities often feel that they are trapped inside their bodies. You can learn to express yourself through your art.
For the most part Art & Creative Writing are still possible even if you have a mobility impairment. If you have severe Mobility Impairment, which effects the use of your hands, but still have use of your arms, you can still learn to write, draw, paint or create other art, with the use of an assistive device or brace to hold a pen, pencil, paintbrush or tool in place. Most Mobility Impairments will not prevent you from enjoying some form of Art or Creative Writing. For those who do not have use of their arms, Foot or Mouth Painting and creating Art or Creative Writing with the aid of a computer are also options. (See Computer Aids for assistance.)
Other benefits of Art & Creative Writing include:
- Helps an individual regain a feeling of self worth - they feel that they can create something and can experience the joy of creating their own art.
- Is a good way to educate others, how people with disabilities, who cannot walk or talk and have limited or no use of their hands can still create something beautiful.
Horse Riding is available in South Africa for persons with various disabilities, as a Sport, Hobby and as various forms of Therapy, known as Horse Riding Therapy and Hippotherapy or Equine Therapy. There are many benefits of animal-assisted activities and therapies, which have been recognized recently and are becoming more well known.
Working and interacting with horses can have a major physical and emotional impact on adults and children of almost all ages with a wide variety of issues and disabilities, including Physical disabilities or Mobility Impairments. These benefits include Recreational; Therapeutic Benefits; Mental Benefits; Physical Benefits and Encourages Socializing. Horse Riding as a Sport, Hobby and as various forms of Therapy is available in most Provinces in South Africa and is supplied by companies and organizations such as Tumanako Equine Therapy and Equestrian is also one of the sports that are available for persons with Mobility Impairments at the Paralympics.
Click on the "Read More" link below to find more about Horse Riding for persons with disabilities, as a Sport, Hobby and as various forms of Therapy.
TV, Sport, Movies & Music
Listening to Music & Watching Television, Movies & Sport & are all a great Hobbies, especially if you have a Mobility Impairment. They offer a great way to escape from your troubles for a couple of hours & can be both entertaining & inspirational. All of these hobbies can be enjoyed at home on Television, where there are numerous TV programs showing:
- a variety of different types of Movies
- all the latest sports events, including the Paralympics
- a Large variety of different music.
- news shows, representing all the worldwide affairs, both domestic and international news.
- programs, where you can learn about economics, history, geography, and culture.
Some of these Movies, Music & Sports are not available or are limited on the regular channels, but are available on Pay T.V Channels such as DSTV or Top T.V, or can be enjoyed through streaming or live streaming, such as:
- You Tube, video sharing website, which contains video and audio files on a huge range of topics.
- Netflix, which streams movies and TV shows.
Find out more about DSTV & other assistive devices: Click Here
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