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

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 Abilities. Eddie represented everything Camp Abilities would eventually encompass — ability not disability; challenging ourselves and our children; finding a way instead of an excuse; … Read more

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 we all would, at the beginning. I was born in East Goshen, PA. I was the second oldest of four. A nice home in a … Read more

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 to name a camper who she felt exemplified Self-Advocacy, she immediately mentioned Chris Smoker.  Chris is a sixteen-year-old who has attended Camp Abilities – Brockport … Read more

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 provide what you need. In other words, “I know you are worried about this, but here is how we solve that problem.” To that end, … Read more

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 could participate. She had her heart in the right place, but she didn’t know what she didn’t know. Andrew was excluded.  What do an Adaptive … Read more

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.” ~ Griffin Pinkow, Founder of The Foreseeable Future Foundation Can We Keep Talking? Have you ever met someone you wish you could spend an entire evening … Read more

Camp Spotlight: Virtual

Two girls on zoom doing camp abilities virtually

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 to achieve our fullest potential. A pandemic was simply another challenge to overcome. How do you run any camp virtually? How do you run a … Read more

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