The vast majority of people with disabilities never experience the
thrill of independently riding a two-wheeled bicycle. Research
shows that over 80% of people with autism and 90% of people with
Down syndrome never learn to ride a two-wheeled bike.
iCan Bike uses adapted bicycles, a specialized instructional program
and trained staff to enable individuals with disabilities to learn
to ride a two-wheeled bike. Participants attend one 75-minute
session each day for five consecutive days where they learn to ride
while accompanied by a volunteer spotter. Over the course of the
week, the bikes are adjusted in an effort to challenge riders
appropriately as they gradually discover the skill and joy of
riding. The program is offered to individuals ages 8 and up who
have a diagnosed disability and are able to walk without assistive
Easter Seals has been coordinating iCan Bike camps for over eight
years, and will offer the 2014 camp July 7 – 11, at the Army
National Guard in Bloomington, Illinois.
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Volunteers are needed. Volunteers are paired up with a specific
child for the full week of iCan Bike and serve as spotters, walking
or running alongside the rider to provide encouragement and physical
support as needed.
For information on iCan Bike or to volunteer contact Tara
Wellenreiter at 309-686-1177 or visit www.ci.easterseals.com.
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