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Teaching Children with Visual Impairments in Physical Education Lauren J. Lieberman Ph.D. Sponsored by:. AAPAR is an Association of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. My background. Undergraduate at West Chester University in H & PE & APE
AAPAR is an Association of the American Alliance for Health,
Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
5. Currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in APE at the College at Brockport
6. Founder and Director of Camp Abilities
7. Extensive research and five books in this area
8. Consult with American Printing House for the Blind & NY State Deaf-Blind Collaborative
The deterioration of the macula, the central area of the retina, is the most prevalent eye disease.
Damage to the optic pathways in the brain, can cause vision loss in half of the field.
Damage to the optic pathways in the brain, which can result
from acquired brain injuries due to stroke, tumor or trauma,
can cause vision loss in half of the field. The most common
defect, right homonymous hemianopia, occurs in corresponding
halves of the right field of vision.
Damage to the optic nerve caused by high eye pressure.
Optic nerve sends messages about what we see from the eye to the brain.
If not treated, damage increases, causing a loss of peripheral (side) vision. Without treatment, may eventually lead to blindness.
Congenital degeneration of the pigmented layer of the retina that leads to a severe loss of peripheral vision. Even though central vision may remain clear, traveling is difficult because of side vision loss. There are also issues with night vision.
*Is legally blind, diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease as a child, has been legally blind for 20 years
*First person that is legally blind to earn a sport on the U.S. Olympic team
*Former Olympic Distance Runner 1999 - 2006
*Motivational Speaker 2000 - present
*Communicative Disorders Specialist 2008 - present
•2-Time U.S. Olympian, 2000 and 2004 (1500m and 5000m)
•Olympic Finalist, 8th place finish 1500 meters 2000 Olympic Games
•Pan-American Games Gold Medalist, 1500m (1999)
•3-Time Outdoor Track National Champion, 5000m (2001 – 2003)
•3-Time Road 5k National Champion, (2002-2004)
•Former American Record holder, Indoor 5000m 15:07.33
•2002 NYC Marathon, 4th Place, Top American 2:27.10
•2003 Boston Marathon, 5th Place, Top American 2:30.33
•2004 Chicago Marathon, 7th Place, Top American 2:28.33
•2006 Twin Cities Marathon Champion, National Champion 2:32.17
*No Finish Line, My Life as I see it
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