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For Immediate Release
December 19, 2013

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Grant Will Create Opportunities for Children with Visual Impairments

Brockport Professor Lauren Lieberman to train NYS teachers, coaches and students in adapted physical education

BROCKPORT, NY—Students with visual impairments in the state of New York will have new opportunities to be active thanks to the work of a College at Brockport, State University of New York professor, and a $301,000 grant from the Lavelle Fund for the Blind.

Lauren Lieberman, PhD, a Brockport distinguished service professor, will launch a new program “NYS Training for Teachers, Coaches and Students for After School and Community Sports Programs” that is expected to provide training directly to 900 teachers, future teachers, youth with visual impairments and their parents over the next four years. Youth that are blind or visually impaired have historically not been active in after school and community sports programs because the children, their parents and most teachers and coaches don’t know how to modify sports and activities in an appropriate manner. This program will develop a training infrastructure in New York that will equip key players in the state to address this problem.

The training will be conducted throughout the state and will be delivered through existing programs such as summer sports camps, weekend training programs and conferences. Highly trained specialists in the area of adapted physical education and visual impairment will conduct the training.

External grants awarded to Brockport for faculty research/scholarship are administered through the Research Foundation for SUNY.

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