The Camp Abilities Story: My Aha Moment.

By Lauren Lieberman.    The following excerpt is taken from the Prologue of The Camp Abilities Story.    It was my senior year at West Chester University in Pennsylvania, and I was volunteering in the Visually Impaired Person (VIP) program run by Professor Jack Wintermute—“Happy Jack,” as we called him, because he so clearly loved … Read more

Fulbright Global Scholarship: Brazil

By Lauren Lieberman.  Brazil was the perfect location for the third and final leg of my three-month Fulbright journey. We had already made worthwhile contributions in Ghana and Ireland. I had no doubt we’d have great success in Brazil. I had long-term relationships there and knew the country to have an excellent infrastructure in Adapted … Read more

Fulbright Global Scholarship: Ghana

By Lauren Lieberman. Ghana: Where Are The Kids? Accra, Ghana: August 2019 Having been awarded the US State Department’s Fulbright Global Scholar Award, I began my journey in Ghana. After a trip of over five thousand miles, I arrived in Accra on August 9, 2019. What you notice first is the heat, a wet blanket … Read more

Issues and Education: 19 Ways to Step Back by Laurel J. Hudson, PhD

By June Converse. If you follow this blog, you might remember reading an article titled Let ‘Em Crash where I realized just how much I had to learn. Shortly after I returned home from my first Camp Abilities, I received an article titled “19 Ways to Step Back”. The article is geared toward teachers but … Read more

The Camp Abilities Story

By Lauren Lieberman. My book The Camp Abilities Story is available! 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 a conversation with complete strangers. They asked me questions about my life and when I talked about camp, their … Read more

Coach Spotlight: Brian Kulaga

By June Converse. The Five Qualities of a Coach One of the most unique – and I think the best – elements of Camp Abilities is the one-on-one coach-to-athlete relationship. Every athlete is paired with a coach, and it is that coach who inspires and challenges, believes and encourages, prepares and participates. You’ve likely noticed … Read more

Director Spotlight: Ursula Barrett, Camp Abilities Ireland

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 15th year as a lecturer in the Health and Leisure Program at Munster Technological University. She and her colleagues opened their first Camp Abilities in 2010 and have not missed … Read more

Fulbright Global Scholarship: Ireland

Camp Abilities Ireland Group Shot

By Lauren Lieberman.  After a whirlwind trip to Ghana, and four days at home, I set off for Ireland. Ghana is extremely hot and dry. Ireland is cool and wet. Ghana is also new to the world of Camp Abilities. Ireland has held a Camp Abilities for each of the last ten years. My goal, … Read more

The Fulbright Global Scholarship Program

By 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, a validation of our belief and … Read more

Issues and Education: “Let ‘Em Crash”

By June Converse. 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. … Read more

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