Welcome to Camp Abilities Tucson! Teaming with the Arizona Organization for Disabled Athletes, a 501c3 organization.
Registration for Camp Abilities Tucson 2024 is now online! Visit the athlete and coach tabs for more information.
What is Camp Abilities Tucson? Camp Abilities is an overnight educational sports camp for children and young adults ages 7 and older who are blind, deafblind, or have multiple disabilities including visual impairment. The purpose of the camp is to empower young people with visual impairments to be physically active, improve their overall health and wellness, encourage them to make food choices that support an active lifestyle, and develop their confidence and self-esteem through sport and physical activity. Camp introduces participants to introduces a variety of sports, including swimming, strength training, horseback riding, blind soccer, beep baseball, goalball, golf, and bowling. Participants benefit from low staff to athlete ratios during all physical activities and events. Camp Abilities Tucson is funded primarily through grants and donations, in conjunction with the Arizona Organization for Disabled Athletes, a 501c3 organization. Our Experienced Staff A secondary goal of Camp Abilities Tucson is to train pre-service teachers and therapists to be educators and allies for students with visual impairments. Performance Coaches at Camp Abilities Tucson are pooled from physical education, special education, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and vision programs from across the United States. Head Coaches are experienced individuals in the fields of visual impairment, physical education, adapted physical education, blind sport, deafblind education, and exercise science.
Other Camp Abilities Programs Drs. Lauren Lieberman and Monica Lepore designed the Camp Abilities concept and established the first camp in 1996 at The College at Brockport in upstate New York. With continued support from generous donors and contributions from various private organizations, Camp Abilities Tucson became the third active camp in the United States. In addition to Camp Abilities Tucson, there are over 25 other active camps in the Camp Abilities model. For more information about these programs, visit our "Other Camps" tab.
A coach calls for the ball from behind the soccer goal as an athlete attempts a shot.
Athletes receive hands on instruction on how to change a bike tire and check the bike chain.