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The Avon Lions Meet
Meet the 2016 - 2017 Avon Lions Club
President Patrick J. McCormick
Contact Information for the Avon Lions Club:
Mail - PO Box 293, Avon NY 14414
Camp Abilities – Brockport New York
What is Camp Abilities? Let me tell you a little bit about the camp.
Camp Abilities is a developmental sports camp for children who are visually impaired, blind, or deaf-blind. It was started by Dr Lauren Lieberman at SUNY-Brockport twelve years ago,
Camp Abilities Brockport is a one-week educational sports camp for children and teens who are blind, visually impaired, and deafblind. The camp is set up to provide a one-on-one instructional situation for each person, which is often on the contrary to other camps designed for people with visual impairments.
Our counselors are pooled 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 1,000 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.
There's four purposes of camp. The first purpose is to teach children who are visually impaired, blind, or deaf-blind how to access sports and recreation, and empower them to know what modifications to make so that they can do them at home.
The second purpose of the camp is to teach current and future teachers of physical education, vision or special education, "How do you teach kids with visual impairments?" Every child is paired one-to-one with a professional preparation student who's learning how to teach kids with visual impairments, either in physical education or special ed. or their vision programs.
The third purpose is research; we do a lot of research as far as physical fitness, attitudes. We're doing a nutrition study this summer; we do studies on inclusion, parent attitudes, intervention studies. And so without this large number of kids, we wouldn't be able to do all this research that we do. We also started Camp Abilities in many other places so we have access to literally hundreds of kids with visual impairments and deaf-blindness.
And then the last, but one of the most important purposes, is respite for the parents. It's a great week with—parents really know the kids are having a great time. They're safe. They're learning a lot and then the parents have a free week without the kids—you know without their grandparents watching them or any aunt or uncle, so those are the four purposes of camp. And it's a great week of just learning physical activities and sports and learning what they can do.