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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

Can a Student Who Is Deafblind Learn to Ride a Unicycle? When I started to tell my story, I began, as we all would, at the beginning. I was born...
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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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Athlete Spotlight: Paul Tandy

Athlete Spotlight: Paul Tandy

Meeting Paul in Alaska: Only 360 Days Paul was nine years old in 2005 when I met him at Camp Abilities in Wasilla, Alaska, a small town an hour north...
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Welcome To Camp Abilities World

Welcome To Camp Abilities World

The Ferry Ride In 2009 I was sitting on a ferry in Alaska while on vacation. Those of you who know me will not be surprised to learn I started...
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