AKRON -- Registration is open for the Autism Society of Greater Akron's (ASGA) sixth annual 5-day bike camp. The 5-day camp teaches participants with all different disabilities how to ride a two-wheel bicycle independently. The bike camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., from July 10 - 14 at Copley High School, held in the Auxiliary Gym at 3807 Ridgewood Road, Copley.
The bike camp accepts 40 riders on a first-come, first-served basis. Riders attend the same 75-minute session each day for five consecutive days. Camp shifts offered each day are: 8:30 a.m., 10:05 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3:35 p.m.
Bike camp riders should meet the following requirements: 8 years-old to adults; less than 220 lbs., have a diagnosed disability, and are able to step side-to-side and walk without assistance. The cost of the camp is $175 for those paying out of pocket as a parent/caregiver.
ASGA "scholarships" $150/rider to cover the remainder of the program costs. Financial assistance may be available for individuals who qualify through their county board of developmental disabilities.
ASGA partners with the organization iCan Shine to bring the "iCan Bike" program to our community. iCan Bike sends two staff members and adapted equipment, and ASGA organizes the riders, location and 80 volunteers. Riders use a specialized bicycle designed to teach appropriate balance for the entire 75 minutes each day while accompanied by their assigned volunteers
Volunteers are needed to walk/jog alongside each camp participant providing support and motivation. Volunteers serve at the same 75-minute session each day for five days. Volunteers should be at least 16 years old and able to attend an orientation meeting on July 9 at 4 p.m.
"The camp is not just for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders, but includes riders with any different ability that would have difficulty learning to ride a two-wheel conventional bicycle, including Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injury, ADHD, and others," said Laurie Cramer, Executive Director for the Autism Society of Greater Akron.
For more information on the Bike Camp, how to register and how to volunteer, please go to: AutismAkron.org/bike.