Friday, January 10, 2014

Please donate. Please share. Help Camp Abilities Long Island

Hi friends,
I wanted to share news about our sister camp, Camp Abilities Long Island. They are doing a fundraiser. All of our Camp Abilities programs are phenomenal week-long programs for our kids. Each of these camps does a tremendous job! I am fortunate to head up Camp Abilities CT where we are a state funded program. Most of our programs rely on donations, grants, etc. I personally have had some great people who have worked at Long Island come to me in Connecticut. Long Island runs a great camp. Please help them keep it going!

Here's the link:

An excerpt from Camp Abilities Long Island:
Camp Abilities Long Island is a four-day, overnight developmental sports camp for children who are visually impaired, blind, or deaf/blind between the ages of 9 and 19 . Camp Abilities was started at the College of Brockport in 1996 by Dr. Lauren Lieberman and has expanded to many states across the country and internationally. The first Camp Abilities Long Island was successfully conducted in July 2009 on the campus of Adelphi University in Garden City, New York by Lisa Innella. Camp Abilities Long Island is Incorporated under the name "Long Island Sports Camp for Children with Visual Impairments, Inc.", is a certified 501c3 charity organization. The camp is set up to provide a 1:1 instructional situation for each child. Now entering its 6th year, Camp Abilities Long Island will provide children with visual impairments who live in and around New York State a chance to experience a wide range of physical activities. The campers are instructed in and participate in a variety of sports that are geared toward people with limited or no vision. Some of the sports include beep baseball, tandem biking, swimming, basketball, goal ball, soccer, track and field, bocce, and rollerblading.

Camp Abilities Long Island is a unique program on Long Island because, it is the only residential summer camp in the area that focuses on providing opportunities for children and youth who are blind and visually impaired to learn and engage in sport activities, and it also provides each family and physical education teacher with in depth assessments of the child’s abilities on each sport and activity.

Please help us reach our goal so we can provide these great services for these special young people. Every little bit counts!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

White Cane + Flash Mob = A super awesome idea!!

I don't know about you, but I am still excited over flash mobs (and still secretly wish I could be part of one...). I was perusing youtube looking for some fun videos on disability awareness when I was lucky to find a suggestion for a White Cane Day flash mob. White canes and a flash mob? YES!! So I decided to keep watching. I thought they were so fun that I had to share them!! Here are two of my favorites: 

Has anyone else seen or done a flash mob with our kids? If so, please share! It's totally something that is on my bucket list for teaching so keep an eye out for me and my students. 

I have done a few fun adventures involving music and dancing with students. Here's a link to a talent show performance I did with one of my deaf blind students,

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Expanded Core Curriculum Resources

Hi friends,
This is one of those posts that I want you to check out and bookmark on your favorites page. I've been reading up on my ECC resources and could not believe that I have not shared some of these gems that are out there for the ECC!

First, have you checked out Pathways to Literacy? It's a known resource for teachers but I am just wondering if parents know about it, too. They also have a great page dedicated to the ECC. Here's the link:

Next, read this article from TSBVI: I really like this article. I recently read it again as I have been putting together some new ECC presentations. 

Last, go over to and get to the ECC page: This link takes you to a page with each area of the ECC in detail with commentary from the best of the best in our field. There's an audio link and transcript. Easy to read and very family friendly. Plus, it's a great quick reference for education teams that need a little ECC schooling. 

What are you still doing on my blog? Click on these links and get reading! You have some ECC schooling to get to.