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About Camp Abilities Brockport:
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Camp Abilities Brockport is a one-week, developmental sports camp for children who are visually impaired, blind, or deafblind. The camp is set up to provide a 1:1 instructional situation for each child. Held on the campus of The College at Brockport, State University of New York, Camp Abilities Brockport serves children between the ages of 9 and 19. They vary in socioeconomic status, ethnic background and level of skills and abilities. Since our first year, we have served more than 50 children with visual impairments each year.

Our counselors recruit from physical education and special education undergraduate and graduate programs across the U.S., and overseas.  Since our first summer we have had more than 90 counselors per summer, and we have trained more than 800 future teachers in the area of sport and recreation for children with sensory impairments.  Many of our specialists are blind themselves, and serve as excellent role models for our children, some of whom have never met or socially interacted with another person who is blind.

Mission of Camp Abilities Brockport:

Our main purpose is to empower children with sensory impairments to be physically active, improving their health and well being.  This will encourage them to be productive members of their schools, community and society.  Many of our specialists are blind yet very successful.  They serve as excellent role models for our campers.Camp teaches children what they CAN do in the area of sports and recreation, which is often overlooked in their education and home environments. Each child receives an in-depth assessment of their current abilities in every sport and activity.  Shared with the parents and physical educators, this assessment allows a better understanding of his or her current level and can be used for educational planning.

The second purpose is to train undergraduate and graduate students how to teach sports and recreation to children with sensory impairments.

Thirdly, Camp Abilities Brockport gives some much needed respite to families, and once the children return home after camp they are more able, independent, and confident in their abilities. After their summer experience, participants recognize the importance of the family link between physical health, and the psychological, social, economic, and environmental factors which can improve physical activity. Additionally, camp serves as a vehicle to assist children with disabilities to get out into their communities. Once children get out and become involved in their communities, the individuals in the community gain a lot of respect for individuals with visual impairments, and increase the understanding and respect about individuals of different abilities.

Lastly, Camp Abilities Brockport allows for the continuance of research in the areas of physical activity, health, fitness, communication, resources, and best practice techniques for teaching children with visual impairments. At Camp Abilities Brockport we are very fortunate to have a large number of children with visual impairments in order to conduct some much needed research. Previous research studies are as follows:

  • etiology of rocking
  • questionnaires on attitudes towards inclusion in physical education, on socialization into sport, and self-efficacy in physical activity
  • instructional techniques to assess which ones best increase self-efficiency in sport and activities
  • biomechanical kinematic analysis of running gait with different guiding technique

Non- Profit Status

Camp Abilities Brockport is a program administered under the aegis of the The Research Foundation of State University of New York.,that is a 501 c 3 private, non-profit educational corporation by charted State of new York. All other camps listed herein have no affiliation or association with nor do they receive funding or sponsorship from RF or SUNY.

For the Federal ID # please contact:
Lauren Lieberman @
or Haley Schedlin @

Camp Abilities is a sponsored program at The College at Brockport, State University of New York.  Neither Camp Abilities Brockport nor The College at Brockport has any affiliation, association or sponsorship of Camp Ability and the Illinois Spina Bifida Association.
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