Kootenay Project Adventure for the Visually Impaired (KPA-VI) is a program that provides students who are blind/ visual impaired with the opportunity to participate in ‘beyond-the-classroom’ adventure activities as a means to developing important life skills specific to those with vision loss. The project offers a safe place for students to step beyond their daily comfort zones in a quest to learn and grow as contributing members and leaders of their communities.
This year the selected students are raising funds to go to New York City for an adventure of a lifetime. Students will learn and practice safe mobility skills for big-city travel in an area multiple times the size of their own. They will develop their daily living skills by traveling to a nearby store, shopping for groceries and planning/cooking meals for the week. Students will work together to collectively solve problems in a completely new and challenging environment in order to help build confidence and develop self-determination skills. All students will be required to take a leadership role at the end of the project by presenting their learning to various groups and organizations. Students will also visit historical sites, museums, art galleries, see a Broadway show and visit blindness organizations such as the Helen Keller Centre and the Guiding Eye dog-guide school. Helen Keller said that "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all." The 2016 Project Adventure trip will provide an avenue for our youth with vision loss to step into a life of adventure and grow from these very important experiences.
Your support will make a difference to ensuring that all students are able to participate in this exciting project.
Thank you for your consideration.
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” ― Helen Keller