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November 6, 2009

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Brockport Professor Recognized for Helping Visually Impaired

Press Release Photo Professor Lauren Lieberman and Kira Labagh, Camp Abilities graduate student director, accept the Nat Seaman Award

Brockport, NY – Lauren J. Lieberman, PhD, professor of kinesiology, sport studies and physical education, at The College at Brockport, State University of New York, recently received the Nat Seaman Recognition Award from the NYS Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Visually Impaired at ceremonies held Oct. 26 in Albany.

The award was established to recognize individuals who have contributed to or influenced practices and performance in furthering the cause of disabled and/or visually impaired persons.

The Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired supports professionals who provide education and rehabilitation services to people with visual impairments, offering professional development opportunities, publications, and public advocacy.

Lieberman was cited for establishing Camp Abilities, a one-week developmental sports camp for children who are visually impaired, blind, or deafblind. Camp Abilities has been held on the Brockport campus each summer since 1996. In addition, Lieberman has established other Camp Abilities programs in eight other US locations, as well as in Puerto Rico and Guatemala. To date more than 1,200 campers have attended Camp Abilities.

“The award really recognizes everyone who makes Camp Abilities work, the counselors, the grounds crew, food service, and administrators,” said Lieberman.


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