... children with visual impairments
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Camp Abilities is a camp for children ages nine to nineteen who have a desire to participate in sports activities. The campers or the athletes are visually impaired, blind or deafblind. The motto of the camp is "a loss of sight, never a loss of vision. This statement says it all, the attitude of the individuals who run the camp and the athletes themselves. The first camp was held at Brockport in 1996 with 27 campers participating. The camp has continued each year and averages around 50 campers per year. Camp Abilities has expanded and now has camps in Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Puerto Rico and Pennsylvania. The mission of the camp is "to empower children with sensory impairments to be physically active and productive members of their schools, communities, and society in general." (campabilities.org).The camp is also looking to improve the health and well being of the children. The campers are shown what they can do in sports and recreation activities. The camp also gives training to future teachers on working with children with sensory impairments. The counselors are under graduate or graduate students specializing in physical education or special education. The camp also conducts research each year. I arrived at the camp in New York on Friday June 27th after an overnight train ride. The camp is held at the SUNY, Brockport campus.