Camp Abilities: A Sports Camp for Children with Visual Impairments

Authors

  • Lauren J. Lieberman The College at Brockport
  • Monica Lepore West CHester University
  • Justin A. Haegele

Keywords:

visual impairment, blind, deafblind, physical activity, sports, recreation, inclusion, community, attitudes, professional preparation

Abstract

Camp Abilities is an overnight sports camp for children and youth with visual impairments, blindness, or deafblindness. Camp Abilities started in 1996 at The College at Brockport in Brockport, NY. Camp Abilities is now found in 17 sites around the U.S. and in six other countries. The purposes of the camp are 1) to empower children and youth with visual impairments to become actively involved in sports, 2) to educate professional preparation students and teachers about how to teach children with visual impairments, 3) to conduct research in the area of physical activity best practices and children with visual impairments, and 4) to provide a respite to the parents. Camp Abilities has helped an entire generation of children become more active, and has also educated communities where they live about the physical abilities and potential of people with visual impairments. 

Published

2014-12-15

Issue

Section

Feature Articles