Camp teaches area kids with disabilities how to ride bikes

Camp teaches area kids with disabilities how to ride bikes
Published: Jun. 8, 2022 at 10:10 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 8, 2022 at 6:06 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Several area children with disabilities are learning how to ride a bike for the first time.

30 kids attended the “iCan Bike” camp put on by Easterseals this week.

Officials say children with disabilities, eight and older, learn how to ride by using a series of specially adapted bikes.

When kids start the camp, organizers say they put them on bikes that are nearly impossible to tip over.

As they develop more balance and coordination, they move on to bikes with fewer adaptations.

Patty Bolbach, a physical therapist with Easterseals, says the children are also learning self-esteem.

“The changes we see in self-esteem with the individuals is amazing, because now they’re able to do something that all of their friends, everybody else is doing,” Bolbach said. “The excitement comes Friday when they’re riding on a two-wheel bike, it’s just the best day ever.”

After the children successfully learn how to ride their bikes, they had the chance to move to an outdoor course.

By the end of the week, we’re told a majority of the children will be able to successfully ride a regular bike without training wheels or assistance.

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