Hi there! Rachel here, I'd like to kick off this blog with a somewhat personal story about why we are expanding CycleAbility and what we hope to do. Bear in mind that we will be experiencing some growing pains over the next year, but I want to share with you my intentions for Cycleability and hope that you will be a part of it.
For the many parents in our community to try to make childhood as typical as possible for their children with disabilities, riding a bike can be one of the more complicated tasks. However, thanks to Steven and Sally Palmer of Cycle Ability, this is no longer the case. The Palmers brought the Cycle Ability program to Utah by hosting the “icanbike” organization. It started with the intention of helping their son with autism learn to ride and three years later has turned into an annual camp.
Learning to ride a bike is a rite of passage for most kids. For special needs children, however, the innate balance and coordination necessary for this delightful milestone is a formidable task.
A Draper nonprofit called Cycle Ability wants to make it easier and needs volunteers for their June special needs bicycle camp at Summit Academy High School. Now in its third year, the weeklong camp, June 19-23, has a 90 percent success rate getting special needs kids and adults traveling on two wheels.