Keeping connections: international cooperation, lifelong friendships – Brigitte Moody

Tessa de Schipper’s article ‘ Kids like me go lightly in the head’ is a great example of post graduate international collaboration and publication. From the Netherlands, Tessa graduated from the Erasmus Mundus Masters in Adapted Physical Activity (EMMAPA) from UL and KU Leuven in 2015, having completed her thesis with Distinguished Service Professor Lauren Lieberman, State University of New York, Brockport and Brigitte Moody in PESS.  The EMMAPA was a truly international Erasmus Joint Master programme attracting students and tutors from all over the world, who inspired each other and many of whom made lifelong friendships. Dr Lieberman pioneered Camp Abilities, sports camps for children and teens with visual impairment, and PESS has been privileged to welcome her on three occasions and consider her a great friend. She rolled out Camp Abilities in Ireland at the CARA Centre in Tralee and Tessa was inspired to focus her research and collect data there after volunteering at the original camp in Brockport. This article is a direct result of Tessa’s thesis and the international cooperation across Ireland, the Netherlands and the USA.   With research on the experiences of children with visual impairment in physical activity and sport still fairly limited, this article is welcomed.

Pictured left to right: three EMMAPA students and friends Gráinne Ni Fhaoláin (Ireland and PESS), Lourennkelly de Costa (Brazil) and Tessa de Schipper (Netherlands).

For Further Information

  • de Schipper, T., Lieberman, L.J., & Moody, B. (2017). “Kids like me, we go lightly on the head”: Experiences of children with a visual impairment on the physical self-concept. British Journal of Visual Impairment, 35(1), 55 – 68. DOI: 10.1177/0264619616678651 View Here!


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