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The IC Coordinates Group Outing at Fishing Has No Boundaries Event

John Monteith looks out over the water while fishing

John Monteith

John Monteith

For people without disabilities, grabbing a rod and reel and going fishing is an activity that can be taken for granted. However, people with mobility-related disabilities face obvious barriers such as difficulty navigating foot paths and docks and boarding a boat. There are less obvious barriers as well. A father teaches his children to fish with hands-on work with the rod and reel. When the line gets tangled, fine motor skills are a must. John Monteith – who uses a wheelchair and has loss of fine motor skills – was more concerned about how to help his daughters handle the bait and tackle than he was concerned about accessibility for himself.

Monteith and over thirty consumers involved in disability support groups at The Independence Center attended the Colorado Springs Fishing Has No Boundaries (FHNB) event at Eleven Mile Reservoir. Peer support groups at The Independence Center frequently coordinate recreational activities and outings for people with disabilities, such as horseback riding, bowling, and glow golf.

This event made fishing from a pontoon accessible for people with disabilities. For John, this was the first time he had been fishing since becoming a wheelchair user in 2011. When asked about the experience, he answered, “The most fun was my whole family was able to go. The whole thing was awesome…. My kids were ecstatic.” He was particularly impressed that the boat captain and first mate helped his children with the tackle. Boat captains donated their time, fuel, crew, and drinks and their generosity helped make memories for persons with disabilities and their families. ~ JT

America’s Past Time: Adapted

Adaptive Sports

Adaptive SportsAdaptive sports are full of many inspirational stories. While some may go unheard or unseen, The Independence Center wants to share as many stories that inspire and motivate individuals with disabilities as possible. We’ve highlighted the world of sled hockey, and now we are shining the light on beep baseball.

Beep baseball, named for the beeping sound the ball makes, is an adaptive sport specifically created with visually impaired individuals in mind. This adapted version on America’s pastime showcases the athleticism, drive and determination that players possess. The game was created in 1964 and has continued to evolve and grow tremendously.

In this version of the game, you score a run by reaching a base before the opposing team’s outfielders pick up the ball. The infielders, at first and third, guard bases that look like blue foam pillars, while the pitcher, who has vision, is on your own team.

While the National Beep Baseball Association (NBBA) has nearly 30 teams officially registered, the sport is still widely unknown in most communities. Michael Jackson, a client of The Independence Center, gave the sport a voice, along with the low-vision community, in The IC’s latest commercial. Through this commercial Michael’s story and the opportunities Beep Baseball offers will be shared and inspire visually impaired individually to follow their dreams and find their inner athlete.

Stay tuned to view The IC’s Beep Baseball commercial soon!

Learn more about Beep Baseball here.

50 Ways to Take a Break

Life can be overwhelming at times. We all have problems and struggles we face, and the stress of daily tasks can sometimes be too much too handle. At The IC, we want you to know the importance of your mental, physical and emotional health.

It’s okay to take a break, charge your batteries and mentally prepare yourself for the rest of the day. Here are 50 ways to do just that.

  1. Take a bath50 Ways to Take A Break
  2. Listen to music
  3. Take a nap
  4. Go to a body of water
  5. Watch the stars
  6. Watch the clouds
  7. Light a candle
  8. Rest your legs up on a wall
  9. Let out a sigh
  10. Fly a kite
  11. Sit in nature
  12. Write a letter
  13. Move twice as slowly
  14. Learn something new
  15. Listen to guided relaxation
  16. Read a book
  17. Take deep belly breaths
  18. Meditate
  19. Call a friend
  20. Meander around town
  21. Write in a journal
  22. Notice your body
  23. Buy some flowers
  24. Find a relaxing scent
  25. Walk outside
  26. Go for a run
  27. Take a bike ride
  28. Create your own coffee break
  29. Pet a furry creature
  30. View some art
  31. Eat a meal in silence
  32. Turn off all electronics
  33. Go to a park
  34. Examine an everyday object with fresh eyes
  35. Drive somewhere new
  36. Go to a park
  37. Go to a farmer’s market
  38. Read or watch something funny
  39. Color with crayons
  40. Make some music
  41. Climb a tree
  42. Let go of something
  43. Forgive someone
  44. Engage in small acts of kindness
  45. Do some gentle stretches
  46. Write a quick poem
  47. Read poetry
  48. Put on some music and dance
  49. Give thanks
  50. Paint on a surface other than paper

Movies and Books that Depict Individuals with Disabilities

There are thousands of movies and books out there with an array of themes, stories, characters and genres. With so many options, everyone is bound to have at least one favorite book they can crawl up with on a rainy afternoon and read over and over again. Or, that movie that you can watch every weekend and never tire of it. There are so many movies and books that depict people with disabilities. Some are comedies, while some take the more serious route of dramas. Some show disabilities in a positive light, while other’s motives are questionable. We’ve listed just a few, but know there are many more out there. Are there important books or movies we are missing from our list? Are there some that shouldn’t be on there? If so, why? Let us know your thoughts. 

MoviesA Beautiful Mind

  1. At First Sight
  2. A Beautiful Mind
  3. Born on the Fourth of July
  4. Charly
  5. Forrest Gump
  6. Pride of the Yankees
  7. Rain Man
  8. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
  9. X-Men
  10. Ray
  11. Mr.Holland’s Opus
  12. The Miracle Worker



  1. A Cousin’s Challenge by Wanda Brunstetter
  2. Adam’s Fall by Sandra Brown
  3. Addition by Toni Jordan
  4. Diminished Capacity by Sherwood Kiraly
  5. Icy Sparks by Gwyn Hyman Rubio
  6. Paradise Valley: A Virgin River Novel by Robyn Carr
  7. Still Alice by Lisa Genova
  8. Visibility by Boris Starling
  9. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
  10. Deaf Like Me by Thomas S. Spradley
  11. Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller by Sarah Miller

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