Activities, Camps and Sports Programs
Events for Visually Impaired Students
Iowa Educational Services for the Blind & Visually Impaired offers a variety of extra-curricular opportunities through Expanded Learning Programs (ELPs). All opportunities help support student achievement in the areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC). ELPs include summer camps, weekend retreats, sports teams and much more. ELPs are held throughout the state at a location near you!
IESBVI offers a variety of camps to meet the needs of the varying ages, development needs, educational needs and interests of students of Iowa. Camps are offered in all areas of the state and include both residential and day programming. The focus of our summer camps is to provide additional opportunities for students to learn, practice and hone their skills in the areas of the ECC. Of course we have a little fun along the way!
In addition to summer camps, extended learning programs are offered during the school year across Iowa. These include day programs, weekend retreats, virtual, and hands-on, learn at your own pace at-home opportunities. Past events include bowling, family picnics, book studies, accessible field trips, attending live performances and much more.
Sports & Recreation
Interested in trying a new sport, craft or activity? IESBVI offers a collection of adapted sports equipment, games, crafts and other resources to make all recreational activities accessible to students with visual impairments.
Iowa Rams Competitive Teams
Join the Iowa Rams!
IESBVI offers students in grades 7th through 12+ the opportunity to play on a competitive level with athletes from other schools in the North Central Association of Schools for the Blind (NCASB). Students work with Iowa Rams coaches and participate in various events around the Midwest. Sports offered include:
- Track and field
- Forensics (Speech)
- Must at least be in 7th grade and/or 14 years of age, up to 20 years of age as of September 1 of the current school year
- Must be eligible according to the student’s home district school and have a completed state of Iowa athletic physical form for participation
- Must demonstrate a high degree of independence as teams travel outside of Iowa and students are responsible for their self-care