EVERYONE GAINS THROUGH BEING A PART OF NERSFL
Participants with disabilities
and volunteers who act as sighted
share the benefits of outdoor recreation and enjoy the congenial,
relaxing and upbeat group atmosphere. People from all walks of life
share in the experience of the exhilarating out of doors.
An important facet of the
NERSFL experience is the opportunity for
persons with visual impairments to gain exposure to new experiences and outdoor recreation skills through the one-on-one assistance of
volunteers. It is sometimes difficult for people who are blind or have
low vision to learn such activities as cross country skiing or canoeing
through mainstream channels because of the degree of specialized
hands-on instruction needed. Participation in NERSFL affords an
opportunity to gain this experience, which then can be shared with
sighted friends, family, and other outdoor recreation organizations.
Most of the time, guides
already have skills necessary to share with
visually-impaired participants. What is needed is a willingness to transmit that skill. In return, they share in the enthusiasm and
excitement that the participant experiences, and perhaps
they learn to perceive their environment differently, no longer taking
anything for granted. It is also an opportunity to make new friends and
have fun. The number of guides that sign up for trips determine the
number of participants--the more guides, the more participants.
NERSFL is far more than this,
however! In an atmosphere of
sharing of fun, all participants and guides, from age 18 on up, come
together to enjoy the experience to the fullest. New friendships are
made and self esteem and physical fitness are boosted.
Everyone profits from the
NERSFL experience. Participants with
disabilities and volunteer guides alike learn from one another in both
expected and unexpected ways. Here's what some NERSFLers have to say.
gotten a lot out of NERSFL.
become a good-enough cross
country skier and I'm now able to confidently join in with my sighted
friends when they go skiing or hiking. Ski for Light brings out the
best in people, and, after, eight years, I still enjoy my trips with
"I've been a guide for New England Regional Ski for Light for almostCindy
"Ski For Light (NERSFL) has had a tremendous impact on my life and changed it in ways I could never have foreseen. It has expanded my horizons well beyond the limits of my vision and I enjoy the many friendships I have made."Arthur
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