Camp to teach those with special needs to ride a bike

2013-05-27T18:15:00Z 2013-05-28T00:20:04Z Camp to teach those with special needs to ride a bikeTimes Staff nwitimes.com
May 27, 2013 6:15 pm  • 

PORTER TOWNSHIP | Chasing Dreams will partner with Porter Township Schools to bring the I Can Bike program to individuals with disabilities.

The I Can Shine organization specializes in teaching individuals with disabilities to ride a conventional two-wheel bicycle.

This will be the first time this program has been offered in Northwest Indiana for people with special needs.

The I Can Bike program is a five-day camp that requires riders to attend just one 75-minute session per day. Organizers use adapted equipment, trained professionals and volunteers to assist in teaching this skill.

More than 80 percent of riders learn to ride a conventional bicycle independently by the end of the five-day camp, according to Chasing Dreams officials.

Kristy Morden Pavlo from Chasing Dreams is behind the effort to bring the program to Northwest Indiana.

Pavlo's daughter Aly, 11, with Down syndrome, is eager to participate in this program.

“I heard about this bike program in the past and always wished it was closer,” said Pavlo. “The last few years Aly has just given up trying to learn how to ride a bike, and training wheels only frustrated her more.”

Pavlo believes if Aly learns to ride a bike she will gain confidence and be able to enjoy family bike rides.

The I Can Bike Camp will held June 17-21 at Boone Grove High School, 260 S. County Road 500 West, in Valparaiso.

The cost is $100 per rider.

For more information, or to register, go to www.chasingdreams.org or call (219) 299-9049. 

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