Does my child need to be an athlete to attend the Camp?
No, the Camp is designed for children who are blind, visually impaired or deaf-blind, regardless of their degree of athleticism. At Camp, youth will:
- Become more active and physically fit
- Gain the skills to participate in physical education classes, neighborhood games and intramural or competitive sports
- Learn ideas about how to make sports accessible
What activities will my child do at Camp?
The activities at camp are planned to keep youth moving. Many activities such as swimming, cycling and bowling may be familiar to your child. Other activities like kayaking or rock climbing may be challenging yet tailored to your child’s abilities. Some of the activities include swimming, cycling, track & field, beep baseball, goal ball, gymnastics, self-defense, social dance and yoga. Youth will be paired one-to-one with a counselor who will assist and monitor your child’s progress.
What is special about Camp Abilities Nebraska?
The benefit of having a child attend a camp for children with visual impairments is that we have already addressed many accessibility issues before your child even registers for Camp. In addition to the adaptive physical education curriculum, braille and large print schedules and materials will be available. Youth will work with specialists and volunteers who are specifically trained in meeting the needs of children who are blind or have low vision.
Who will be instructing my child at the Camp?
Children will be led by instructors in adaptive physical education or instructors who are certified in specific skill areas. Trained volunteers will be supervised by instructors as they interact with your child. Our volunteers will primarily be undergraduate and graduate students studying in areas of adaptive physical education, special education or related fields. We place great importance on your child’s safety. All adults who will interact with your child must pass a background check, drug screen and TB test. Meet Our Staff