Camp Abilities is an educational sports camp for children with visual impairments, blindness or deaf blindness. The camp was first started in 1996 at The College at Brockport by Dr. Lauren Lieberman. Since that first year of Camp Abilities, the camp at Brockport has grown in number and reputation. Over the years the Camp Abilities model has been replicated to where there are now 19 Camps around the US and Camps in seven countries. This documentary, created by Cathy Craft and Matt Yeoman, showcases many of these camps that continue to change the lives of children with visual impairments around the world.
Session Goals and Outcomes Participants will learn about the needs of children with visual impairments Participants will know what Camp Abilities is Participants will understand the camp model and the benefits children have gotten from being involved in camp. Participants will know how they can help with camp or start their own when they move to a new area.
Lauren Lieberman, PhD, Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Sport Studies & Physical Education, The College at Brockport
Alexandra Stribing ’14, Graduate Student in the Adapted Physical Education Program, The College at Brocport
Lily Jagodzinski ’16, Graduate Student in the Adapted Physical Education Program, The College at Brockport
Lauren Lieberman, PhD, earned her doctorate in Adapted Physical Education at Oregon State University with an emphasis on sensory impairments. She taught at Perkins School for the Blind. Lieberman is currently a professor and teaches APE at The College at Brockport. She has co-authored several books including: Strategies for Inclusion, Games for People with Sensory Impairments, Going Places: Transition Guidelines for Physical Activity for Children with Visual Impairments, Para educators in Physical Education, and continues to do research in this area.
Alexandra Stribing ’14 earned her bachelor’s degree in Physical Education The College at Brockport, where she currently is pursuing her Master’s degree in Adapted Physical Education. Alex has been a part of Camp Abilities Brockport since 2010. She has also worked at Camp Abilities Saratoga as a sport specialist in 2014 and 2015. This summer, she served as a graduate assistant for Camp Abilities. Alex anticipates completion of her master’s degree in May 2017.
Lily Jagodzinski ’16 earned her bachelor’s degree in Physical Education at The College at Brockport, where she will be returning to pursue her Master’s degree in Adapted Physical Education. Lily has been a part of Camp Abilities Brockport since 2013. Lily anticipates completion of her master’s degree in May 2018.