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Take the Blinders Off: An Interview with Terry Kelly (Part 1)

Take the Blinders Off: An Interview with Terry Kelly (Part 1)

The following blog was written by June Converse.  Terry Kelly wrote “The Power of the Dream” and before I write about that journey and the song’s impact, it’s important to...
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Director Spotlight: Ursula Barrett, Camp Abilities Ireland

Director Spotlight: Ursula Barrett, Camp Abilities Ireland

The following blog was written by June Converse.  Ursula Barrett’s entire professional life has focused on providing recreation and sports to the citizens of Ireland. Currently, she is in her...
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Fulbright Global Scholarship: Ireland

Fulbright Global Scholarship: Ireland

The following blog was written by Dr. Lauren Lieberman.  After a whirlwind trip to Ghana, and four days at home, I set off for Ireland. Ghana is extremely hot and...
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The Global Fulbright Scholarship Program

The Global Fulbright Scholarship Program

The following blog was written by Dr. Lauren Lieberman.  One of the best aspects of Camp Abilities is the encouragement and validation we are able to give our campers. Each...
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Watch Our Campers Learn to Self-Advocate!!

Watch Our Campers Learn to Self-Advocate!!

“I learned a long time ago the wisest thing I can do is be on my own side, be an advocate for myself and others like me.” ~ Maya Angelou...
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“Let ‘Em Crash”

“Let ‘Em Crash”

Not Really Getting It I’ve been blessed to work with many people in the Camp Abilities World -- writing these blogs and participating in a variety of other projects. Along...
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Issues and Education: Universal Design is an ATTITUDE

Issues and Education: Universal Design is an ATTITUDE

Assume People Can “Be conscious of your bias and try to correct them before they become judgments.” ~ Raveena, age 14 Recently we posted an article about Universal Design. As...
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Issues and Education: Universal Design

Issues and Education: Universal Design

When I was in middle and high school, I did not enjoy volleyball. I used to find excuses to get out of playing. But I assure you, if someone had...
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Legacy Spotlight: Paul Ponchillia

Legacy Spotlight: Paul Ponchillia

My Blindness is a Valuable Asset Camp Abilities is an amazing camp for amazing kids. But Lauren Lieberman did not create Camp Abilities in a vacuum. She was privileged to...
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Director Spotlight: Jennifer Stelmach

Director Spotlight: Jennifer Stelmach

“It’s my favorite week of the year. Hands down. My favorite week. Yes, it’s worth it. ~ Jennifer Stelmach, Director, Camp Abilities Florida Whether in NY, Alaska or Africa, Camp...
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Athlete Spotlight: Sean Meek

Athlete Spotlight: Sean Meek

If you know Camp Abilities, you know the founder and directors are committed to introducing physical fitness and sport to children who are visually impaired. It’s a camp of inclusion...
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Coach Spotlight: Justin and Matt

Coach Spotlight: Justin and Matt

Just Say Yes “When opportunity arises – without details, without logistics – just say yes.” ~ Matt Mescall A Journey to Alaska. A Journey to a Forever Impact. Camp Abilities...
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Issues and Education: Dignity of Risk

Issues and Education: Dignity of Risk

What is the riskiest thing you’ve ever done? Scuba diving? Skydiving? Driving on the highway in a large city? Choosing one job over another? In the Universal Design blog, I...
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Mentor Spotlight: Where Is Eddie Now?

Mentor Spotlight: Where Is Eddie Now?

In last week’s post, we introduced you to Eddie Martinez. Eddie’s desire and willingness to learn the unicycle was one of the first steps in Lauren’s journey to develop Camp...
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Mentor Spotlight: Eddie Martinez

Mentor Spotlight: Eddie Martinez

The following blog was written by Dr. Lauren Lieberman. Can a Student Who Is Deafblind Learn to Ride a Unicycle? When I started to tell my story, I began, as...
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Athlete Spotlight: Chris Smoker

Athlete Spotlight: Chris Smoker

Thirty Seconds to Re-Imagine:  A Self-Advocacy Case Study Our last post centered around the Self-Advocacy program being developed for the campers at Camp Abilities in Brockport. When I asked Ruth...
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Issues and Education: A Practice Guide for Self-Advocacy

Issues and Education: A Practice Guide for Self-Advocacy

In the last blog, we presented Camp Abilities – Brockport’s more organized method for teaching and practicing Self-Advocacy. One aspect of that training was helping the people who are resistant...
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Issues and Education: Advocacy

Issues and Education: Advocacy

Advocacy Is A Sport Andrew, an 8th grader, loves to play sports. He especially loves goalball. But he hated sports at school. His physical education teacher didn’t understand how Andrew...
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Sponsor Spotlight: Griffin Pinkow

Sponsor Spotlight: Griffin Pinkow

“I am not uncomfortable with my visual impairment. As a matter of fact, I believe my visual impairment is one of my greatest strengths because I learned to deal.” ~...
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Camp Spotlight: Virtual

Camp Spotlight: Virtual

As summer approached and COVID spread across the world, camps all over the United States were closing. Not Camp Abilities. The world of Camp Abilities is about making necessary adaptations...
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Athlete Spotlight: Where Is Paul Now?

Athlete Spotlight: Where Is Paul Now?

Last week, you read about Paul from Camp Abilities Alaska. Paul is now 23 years old. He moved away from Alaska when he was 19 and currently resides in California....
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