"My life’s mission is to open camps around the world, be an advocate for those who need it, and help them find their own voice and mission."

Dr. Lauren Lieberman is the leading authority in the world on physical activity and sports for children who are blind or visually impaired.

The recipient of numerous national and international awards for her work, she is the co-author of 18 books and has published more than 125 journal articles on adapted physical education.

She is co-founder and co-director of the Institute of Movement Studies for Individuals with Visual Impairments. The Institute's mission is education, research, programming and leadership as related to physical activity and motor skills of people with visual impairments and deafblindness. 

Lauren earned her doctorate in adapted physical education at Oregon State University with an emphasis on sensory impairments. She also taught at Perkins School for the Blind, the international leader in blind and deafblind education. Lauren is currently a Distinguished Service Professor at The College at Brockport, State University of New York, teaching adapted physical education.

Lauren’s enduring accomplishment is Camp Abilities, a week-long educational sports camp launched in 1996 for children who are blind or visually impaired.

 

Lauren has presented more than 130 times around the world at workshops and as a keynote speaker. 

“Lauren has created a camp that has given our daughter, and all the other children who attend, a place to be independent, gain confidence, (and) grow in maturity ... Camp Abilities has forever changed our lives.”
— Jason and Lori Bennett

Lauren's Roots ...

Lauren was raised in a family where sports, camps and caring for others were a part of everyday life. She played sports constantly, competitively and just for fun in a house that was littered with sports equipment. In the summer, her mother was arts and crafts director of a Jewish day camp that enabled Lauren and her three siblings to go to camp for free. They learned camp was for learning, doing and sharing.

Because of learning and physical disabilities that Lauren and her siblings faced, she understood from an early age that disability does not mean inability.