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Grove City bike camp offers kids with disabilities a chance to ride

At the one-week Summer camp, kids and adults with disabilities learn how to ride using volunteer spotters, physical therapists and specialized adaptive bikes with rollers before gradually upgrading to a standard two-wheel bike. (WSYX/WTTE)

It’s a rite of passage for many kids: the first time they learn how to ride a bike.

However, research shows that more than 80% of people diagnosed with Autism and 90% of people diagnosed with Down Syndrome never learn how to ride a bicycle.

The Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio (DSACO) is working to change that.

This week, they’re hosting their 10th Annual iCan Bike Camp. New this year, they launched a full second week of camp in order to meet the needs of the community.

At the one-week Summer camp, kids and adults with disabilities learn how to ride using volunteer spotters, physical therapists and specialized adaptive bikes with rollers before gradually upgrading to a standard two-wheel bike.

Kari Jones, the president of DSCAO says the program is highly successful, “By the end of the week, four out of every five of individuals participating will learn how to ride a bike independently.”

Sullivan Grimm is one the students participating in the camp.

His mom Jill says it was the potential for independence that attracted her to the camp for her son. “It really hit me and brought tears to my eyes the thought of the independence and the freedom for him to be able to do this and the sense of accomplishment and self-confidence that’s going to come with that.”

Kari says they’ve gotten great feedback from families of the campers. “[The parents say] now our families can go out together and ride a bike as a family.”

For more information about the iCan Bike Camp visit: https://icanshine.org/columbus-oh/

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