Last year at the OC Bike Camp, children were given the opportunity to learn the freedom of riding a bike. Kathrina told us her story about her son’s experience at the weeklong camp.
“My son has autism and everyone at the camp did not think he was going to make it on a bike the first day because of his refusal/behaviors. He biked everyday and on the last day, I requested if they could put him on the bike without any training wheels. His two volunteers didn’t think he could do it but I begged that they try it for just two minutes, and after if he could not do it we can stop. They tried it and to their surprise Joshua stayed up! Then Joshua went on to bike the last 10 minutes. Boy, was I rejoicing!
These small miracles bring so much joy to parents. I remember the lady from the organization asked that all the kids to be placed on a regular bike, and we watched all the children bike successfully without training wheels. Life without limits is the motto for UCP and it is a good one to live by despite the disability of these children. Many parents came up to me at the end and said thank you. I was glad to be there the last day to encourage that opportunity for my son, as well as other kids.”
Join us as United Cerebral Palsy- Orange County (UCP-OC) and the Down Syndrome Association (DSA) team up to put on our annual summer bike camp! This year, we will again be co-hosting this event at Soka University in Aliso Viejo. This camp is a weeklong camp that enables children with disabilities to learn how to ride a bike. Riding a bike is a huge freedom to have, and by teaching these kids to ride a bike will give them a feeling of independence. With the help of countless volunteers, these kids will gradually learn to ride a bike without training wheels. With the help of specially adapted bikes for the kids to start off riding, over the course of a week, they will end up being able to ride a normal bike. This is a great opportunity for your child to grow in their strength and balance as well. If you are interested in this special event, contact Janet Winter of UCP-OC (firstname.lastname@example.org). The deadline for registration is April 15th, so act fast! We hope you decide to participate in this extraordinary event!
Written by: Elizabeth and Ellie, with story from Kathrina