Camp Abilities Nebraska
“Right hand 12 o’clock, right above you, there you go.”
Boys Town National Research Hospital and Outlook Nebraska Incorporated are proud to co-sponsor Camp Abilities Nebraska.
The week long residential sports camp is for youth ages nine to 19, who are blind, visually impaired or deaf-blind.
Youth explore sports and recreational activities in a safe environment with instructors who have expertise in adaptive techniques.
Children participate in swimming, beep baseball, rock climbing, bowling, roller-skating, bicycle riding and much more.
The first time that I climbed the wall, I was a little scared, but then you find out it’s not so bad when you go down.
Actually, every time I climbed it, I made it to the top.
There are many sports that are so visual that we have her watch on T.V. or we take her to a ball game and she can’t ever really play it like they do at camp.
Building relationships is important for them and experiencing sports in a whole new way.
My son has been the only child in his schools that has visual impairment. I think it helps Alex to be around other children who are blind because they have similar interests; similar backgrounds and they’re playing on a level playing field with each other.
To see these kids be able to start from scratch, like with roller-skating, and not be able to stand up on roller skates to where they’re screaming they want to go faster around the court by themselves.
There are really no words that can describe that feeling.
“There you go, nice!”