Therapeutic Recreation

For up-to-date information about therapeutic recreation programming please see our TR program calendar or call the automated phone line at 216-658-4600. 

Therapeutic Recreation Programs

Cleveland Sight Center's Therapeutic Recreation Department offers a wide range of activity-based programming to enhance one’s blindness rehabilitation program including decreasing social isolation, introducing leisure activities, promoting overall health and wellness, increasing skills needed for independence, decreasing leisure barriers, and assisting with integration in community-based programming.

Please see below for information on the 1:1, group, and community-based TR programming, community integration program, Highbrook Lodge and provider-supported social recreation opportunities.

Clients interested in participating in TR programming must contact department staff to get registered and complete appropriate paperwork.

For more information, contact: 

Mollie Evans: Therapeutic Recreation Specialist

phone: (216) 791-8118 ext. 4597  |  email: mevans@clevelandsightcenter.org

 

1:1 TR PROGRAMMING

One-on-one therapeutic recreation programming takes place at CSC on an individualized basis. All programming is unique, goal-driven and tailored to the needs of the Client.

Programming focuses on using the benefits of recreation and leisure to aid in growth, confidence and overall independence. Examples of programming used include:

  • Art & Wellness: programming focused on art, crafts, cooking, poetry, meditation, mindfulness, horticulture and more.
  • Therapeutic Fine Arts: programming focused on music, dance, drama, humor, culture and more.
  • Leisure & Adventure: programming focused on games, sports, leisure education, outdoor and nature-based, adventure-based, exploration and more.

GROUP TR PROGRAMMING

The TR Department also offers group programming. Some programs are seasonal – please call the automate phone line at 216-658-4600 for an up-to-date schedule.

  • Skill-Focused Groups: held in 4-week segments throughout the fall, winter and spring; these small group programs focus on skills to increase independence including leisure education, cooking, stress and relaxation management, emotional self care, coping and self-esteem, and communication and social skills. Please contact the TR department for more information and the latest schedule.
  • Latin Dance: in partnership with Viva Dance Studio. Held Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30pm.
  • Yoga: led by two local yoga instructors. Held Thursdays from 5:00-6:30pm.
  • Bike & Hike: in partnership with the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Held one Saturday a month (spring – fall). CSC transportation available for a fee.
  • Winner’s Club: a socially-based educational program held four times a year. Facilitated by TR staff with occasional guest presenters.

COMMUNITY INTEGRATION

Cleveland Sight Center's Therapeutic Recreation department offers 1:1 community integration for clients interested in pursuing recreation and leisure programming in their communities. Aspects of this service may include:

  • Collaboration in identifying community recreation and leisure programming;
  • Assistance with identifying transportation options to/from activity;
  • Introduction of client with key staff or volunteers of program;
  • General orientation of facility where program takes place;
  • Identifying and assisting in reducing barriers to full participation, including adaptations. 

HIGHBROOK LODGE

Cleveland Sight Center's Highbrook Lodge offers overnight camp experiences during the summer for children, families, and adults as well as off-season weekends for adultsFor more information about Highbrook Lodge click here.

COMMUNITY BASED PROGRAMMING

Community based programs currently offered by the Department include:

  • Audio Described Theater - Cleveland Sight Center provides audio description accessibility services for local theaters and other agencies throughout Greater Cleveland. Agencies in need of this service should contact TRS, Mollie Evans at least two weeks before the event so all efforts can be made to secure a volunteer audio describer for the event.
  • Rowing – in partnership with volunteers from the Western Reserve Rowing Association, CSC clients increase health and wellness through rowing including conditioning, learning to row and even competing. This program typically takes place in the spring and summer.
  • Social Events – volunteer-led, community based social events for adults who are registered CSC clients. These events allow for socialization with other peers with vision loss while provide information about resources in the community. Each meeting differs slightly but typically offers a light meal or snack, socialization time and a scheduled program. Time, date, and locations may vary. An adult family member is welcome to attend with client.
  • Victory Circle: meets the third Tuesday of the month in Chagrin Falls, from 12:30pm – 1:30pm.
  • Anchor Club: meets Wednesday evenings. Call 216-791-8118 for dates and times.
  • Southwest Club: meets the fourth Monday of the month from 11:00am - 1:00pm at Parma Senior Center, from September to December and again March to May.
  • Golf – CSC’s golf program pair’s clients with a volunteer in the community to help learn and prefect one’s game of golf. Golfing takes place at local Northeast Ohio golf courses both on the east and west sides. Fees associated with this program. Typically takes place in the spring and summer. 

SOCIAL RECREATION OPPORTUNITIES

Cleveland Sight Center also offers a handful of social recreation program options. These provider-supported programs are held weekly at CSC. Programs take place on Tuesdays from fall to spring and include line dance, crochet, chess, and music/instrument group. In addition, in partnership with the Ohio Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled, a book discussion group meets one Wednesday a month (fall-spring).

For more details and times please call the automated phone line at 216-658-4600.

Questions? Please call CSC (216-791-8118) and ask to speak to the TR Department.