The maiden edition of Camp Abilities Ghana project was launched at the university of Ghana campus, Legon on Monday, August 26, 2019.

The 5-day event was heralded with a Goalball competition between the Ghana Blind Sports Association’s Regional representatives of Greater Accra and the Volta Region with a Goalball team from the Sabah Hall of the University of Ghana Legon last Saturday.

Camp Abilities is an educational sports camp for children who are deaf and visually impaired between the ages of 9-19 years. The Camp Ability Ghana will give opportunities to educational teachers, classroom teachers, Physical Education teachers and teachers from special schools in Ghana.

The blind and deafblind children will be taken through some sports activities such as swimming, Goalball and track and field sports and other activities.

The Camp Abilities is a United States of America based project that has been taken to other countries such as Costa Rica, Finland, Portugal, Ireland, Bangladesh and Latvia. Ghana is hosting the first ever African Camp Abilities ever.

The University of Ghana is the host with collaboration coming from the Ghana Education Service, Special Education Division, and Sports Directorate of the University of Ghana, Osikanii Fitness Agency and the Ghana International School.

The Camp Abilities is sponsored by the US Embassy and it is facilitated by Professor Lauren Lieberman she a Ph.D. holder and a 1996 graduate of Oregon State in the Movement Studies in Disabilities Program.
Dr. Lieberman is currently a Distinguished Service Professor at The College at Brockport in the area of Adapted Physical Education. Prior to graduate school, she taught at the Perkins School for the Blind in the Deafblind program for five years.

In addition to this, Dr. Lieberman founded and currently runs Camp Abilities, an educational sports camp for children with visual impairments, each summer in Brockport, NY. She has helped start nineteen Camp Abilities programs in the United States and six others in foreign countries and counting.
The next Camp Abilities sessions will be held in Ireland and Brazil.
Camp Abilities “A Loss of Sight, Never a Loss of Vision.

Source: Philip Otuo