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 of the counselors believes – firmly believes – in the ability of each child.  We know that sometimes a child needs a dose of encouragement, … Read more

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   I HOPE, I CAN, I WILL: The Self-Advocacy Program Everyone – literally everyone – agrees that being able to be your own advocate is … Read more

“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 the way, I’ve spoken with many campers, counselors, coaches. I’ve interviewed people who inspired Lauren to start and continue this camp. Parents. Teachers. Directors. Volunteers. … Read more

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 we always like to do, this article takes Universal Design off the page and into the classroom. While interviewing Jessica, Stacy and Raveena, my view … Read more

Issues and Education: Universal Design

blind child bowling

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 told me I wasn’t allowed to play, I would have been outraged. While I know there are obstacles to letting everyone participate, obstacles are meant … Read more

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 have important mentors walk beside her and before her. Two of these important people are Paul Ponchillia and his late wife, Susan. If you have … Read more

Director Spotlight: Jennifer Stelmach

blind child learning to paddle board

“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 Abilities is a gathering of champions. The kids. The parents. The volunteers. The counselors. The directors. Today, I’d like to introduce you to one of … Read more

Athlete Spotlight: Sean Meek

Sean Meek Running

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 and acceptance, participation and accomplishment. But Camp Abilities is also dedicated to training and developing future educators and leaders in the field of Adapted Physical … Read more

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 is about asking children who are visually impaired to take a risk, to try something new. Camp Abilities asks kids to step into the unknown … Read more

Issues and Education: Dignity of Risk

blind child surfing

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 used the term “dignity of risk”. While intuitively I knew what the term meant, I wanted to gain a deeper understanding. The fact is we … Read more

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