Two leading scholars in the field of recreation and sports for people who are blind or have low vision, Dr. Lauren Lieberman and Dr. Pamela Beach, have wrapped up their tour of New Zealand.

Dr. Lieberman is currently a Distinguished Service Professor at The College at Brockport in the area of Adapted Physical Education. Dr. Lieberman’s areas of research include Inclusion Strategies as well as Physical Activity for Youth with Sensory Impairments. She has published more than 85 articles in referenced journals, as well as 18 books.

Dr. Pamela Beach’s area of expertise is Motor Learning and Motor Development. She has published a first-of-its-kind textbook entitled Motor Learning and Motor Development, thus joining the two fields into one comprehensive undergraduate textbook.

Hosted by the Blind Foundation, the professors from The College of Brockport State University of New York led talks around the country sharing their knowledge, research and perspectives on inclusion strategies and movement development.

Lieberman and Beach’s presentation had special relevance for all those interested in providing increased opportunities, with a focus on sport and recreation, for children, youth and adults who are blind, deafblind or have low vision.

Of particular interest, was their internationally acclaimed work with Camp Abilities; a very different approach from other camps run for people with vision loss. Both professors also founded the Institute of Movement Studies for Individuals with Visual Impairments.

When speaking in Auckland, Dr Lieberman wanted to thank the Blind Foundation and wanted to give kudos saying, “It’s so important to see the whole person, it really takes a lot of effort, energy, insight and vision to see the whole person. It seems like everyone is on the same page and that we’re all going in the same direction and it’s really exciting to be on the journey with you.”

The Blind Foundation was extremely lucky to get this time with the professors and we look forward to working with them in the future to continue to create further recreation and sporting opportunities for blind and low vision kiwis.