Skiing, sailing, kayaking, sledding, hiking, paddle boarding, sound fun???

Vision impairment doesn’t mean that your child cannot participate in activities that their sighted peers do.

OCS offers programs for both children who are vision impaired as well as for the entire family.


FOCUSstudents a rock climbing wall

The FOCUS program is based upon social, recreational and life skills building for youth between the ages of 12-18.

A summer and winter session are run at Beaver Hollow Conference Center which is home to the “Biggest Loser Niagara”.

Students take part in various activities that focus on communication, problem solving, goal setting, process improvement and understanding roles and responsibilities of being a part of a team.

There is also some free time for hiking, fishing, swimming, sledding, cross country skiing and the 40 foot rock climbing wall.

Transportation is available for students from both Buffalo and Rochester.



(Recreation, Experience, and Activities Dedicated to Youth)

READY is a family recreation program designed to facilitate access to community activities for children and young adults ages 5 – 21 who are blind/legally blind and their families.

Participation in each activity requires at least one parent/guardian to attend however we encourage participation from the entire family. Participants are provided with appropriate adaptations and advocacy skills to include all family members in existing community recreation opportunities.

The READY Program runs monthly during the school year September through June and activities range widely from outdoor sports like paddling and hiking to indoor activities such as Dave & Busters and swimming.

Program staff supports the building of independence and socialization skills for the youth along with education and networking opportunities for parents and siblings.

Each activity includes a relevant life skill which is discussed and explored with parents for their use during the activity and for future family outings.

READY program 2018-2019

Activities are arranged for Sunday afternoons and details are emailed or sent in the mail by request on a monthly basis.

Please contact either Erin or Lauren for more information and to register.



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Proposed Activities

Not in order and not confirmed as yet. Please feel free to contact us with any suggestions for activities.

  • Paddling
  • Curling
  • High Ropes
  • Skating (roller and/or ice)
  • Rock Climbing
  • Zip Line
  • Skiing
  • Dave & Busters
  • Beep Baseball
  • Scuba Diving
  • Hiking
  • Bowling
  • Sky Zone
  • Swimming
  • Golf

READY Program Contacts 

Erin Kavanagh, COMS


Lauren Petrocelli, LMSW






OCS offers a full range of educational and recreational programming and activities for children birth to age 21.

For more information on any of these, please contact us at 716-882-1025.