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2017 Spring Family Conference with Keynote Speaker Lauren Lieberman

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5908961b30d7c Lauren LIeberman

Lauren LIeberman

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5908961b30d7c Activities in the gym

Activities in the gym

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5908961b30d7c Panel of Young Adults

Panel of Young Adults

Lauren Lieberman, Professor of Adapted Physical Education and at University of New York at Brockport and developer of Camp Abilities, a developmental sports camp for blind and visually impaired, spent two days sharing and demonstrating strategies for inclusion of blind and visually impaired individuals, including those with additional disabilities and deafblindness, into physical activities in school and the community.  Keynote address and Powerpoints can be accessed here.

Iowa Spring Family Conference 2017

Believe You Can Achieve

Two Critical Motor Skills

Recreational Activities for Children with a Visual Impairment or Deafblindness

Expanded Core Curriculum in Physical Education for Children with Visual Impairments

Approximately 130 people including families and professionals attended “Believe You Can Achieve”; Spring Conference held on the campus of Iowa Braille School in Vinton, Iowa, March 31 –April 1, 2017.  Equipment and activity demonstrations using universal design, engaged participants in activities throughout the weekend, including swimming instruction.  Multiple resources were shared with those in attendance. American Printing House for the Blind (APH) from Kentucky and 15 additional representatives set up informational table displays.  Designated sessions for peer, siblings, mothers, fathers and professionals provided an opportunity for ideas and strategies to be shared in the respective groups.

The conference concluded with a panel of young adults who shared how services from IESBVI supported their participation in athletics and other community activities.  They shared how the support from family and professionals helped to develop not just physical skills, but included areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum including social, self-determination, and building confidence to try new experiences in their lives as young adults.          



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