The very first Camp Abilities Nebraska, a week-long sports camp for youth ages 9-19, who are blind, visually impaired or deaf-blind, will take place Sunday, July 21-Friday, July 26, at the Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs.
The camp is co-sponsored by Outlook Nebraska, Inc. (ONI), a nonprofit organization providing employment and other opportunities for people who are blind and visually impaired, and Boys Town National Research Hospital.
Camp Abilities Nebraska will explore sports and recreational activities in a safe environment provided by University of Nebraska and local adaptive physical education instructors.
This year, 20 youth will enjoy a week of swimming, beep kickball, bowling, rock climbing, track and field and other recreational and sporting activities. Each evening, the youth will share their adventures with friends and camp leaders during a Care to Share activity.
"We are so excited to offer Camp Abilities to Omaha families,” said Kristal Platt, Director of Camp Abilities Nebraska and Vision Program Coordinator at Boys Town National Research Hospital. “This is a great way to teach independence and self-determination to children who are blind, and have fun while instilling these life-long skills.”
Camp Abilities Nebraska is also supported by founding members Nebraska Foundation for Visually Impaired Children, The eBay Foundation, Omaha Association of the Blind and WhyArts?.