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The Road to Independence: Dreams Become Reality in Guelph for Children and Youth With Special Needs

KidsAbility iCan Bike Camp 2018

Published 07/31/2018 | By Charmaine Brown

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Specialized Bikes are used to teach children & youth to ride a two wheeled bicycle at KidsAbility

Hosted by KidsAbility, iCan Bike helps children and youth with special needs to achieve an important life milestone: learning to ride a two-wheeled bike!
Using specially adapted bicycles, participants gradually transition to a regular two-wheeled bicycle learning the skills and confidence that they need to ride independently! With 75 minutes of instruction each day for five consecutive days, by the end of the week most riders, through the support of trained professionals and volunteers, will realize the freedom that comes with riding a bike independently. KidsAbility was the first children’s treatment centre in Ontario to bring this program to local children. Run in conjunction with the iCan Shine organization, participants gradually transition to a regular two-wheeled bicycle empowered with the skills and confidence that they need to ride independently! Last year close to 90% of participants realized success.

Friday, July 20, 2018
1:30pm—2:30pm (media is invited to drop in anytime during this time)

Where: West End Community Centre
21 Imperial Road South, Guelph

Background Information:

Last year at KidsAbility, 7,976 children and youth with special needs in Guelph-Wellington & Waterloo Region received the help that they needed to realize goals important to them at home, at school and in the community.

In order to be as close as possible to where children and youth with special needs and their families live, learn, work and play, KidsAbility offers a wide range of services at multiple sites in Cambridge, Fergus, Guelph, Kitchener, Mount Forest and Waterloo.

In Guelph-Wellington alone, over 800 children and youth benefited from services and supports at KidsAbility to help them realize their full potential. Across our community, children and youth with special needs receive the help that they need to reach their dreams. It could be overcoming a stutter, strengthening muscles to take that first step or learning the social skills to make a friend—together, we make these firsts possible.

Although funded primarily through the province, KidsAbility Foundation inspires and engages community partners, individuals and groups to help make a difference in children’s lives through donations. Through the annual Kids Can’t Wait campaign donations raised through our generous community helps to fund services, new technology and innovative programs. As well, donations allow KidsAbility to serve an additional 1,000 children and youth with special needs each year. Presently, there are over 1,300 children waiting for services at KidsAbility (with more than 100 in Guelph and Fergus alone).

With your help, we can help more children to live richer and fuller lives.

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Related Links:
Kidsability Center For Child Development - Imperial Rd Directory Page
 
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