Camp Abilities is a developmental sports camp for children with visual impairments. It began at The College at Brockport in 1996 and runs for one week each summer. The purposes are: to empower children with VI to be involved in sports, to train future teachers on how to teach children with VI, to conduct much needed research in this area, and to raise awareness in communities about the skills and abilities of children with VI. The Camp Abilities model has been replicated in over 19 locations in the US, and in 8 other countries and growing.
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. Dr. 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, Paraeducators in Physical Education, and continues to do research in this area.
Ms. Kelsey Linsenbigler earned her bachelor’s degree in physical education and health science from The College at Brockport. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in adapted physical education at the College, with an anticipated completion date in May 2016. This past summer was Ms. Linsenbigler’s fifth summer with Camp Abilities Brockport, and her first as the Camp Abilities graduate assistant. She also worked as a group leader at Camp Abilities Saratoga in 2014, and as a specialist in 2015.
Ms. Alex Stribing earned her bachelor’s degree from The College at Brockport in physical education. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in adapted physical education from the College. Ms. Stribing has been a part of Camp Abilities Brockport for past six years, and this upcoming year will be her first as the Camp Abilities graduate assistant. Alex was also a sports specialist at Camp Abilities Saratoga in 2014 and 2015.