Down Syndrome Connection Hosts 'I Can Bike' Camp

Published 07/30 2014 09:08PM

Updated 07/30 2014 11:26PM

ROGERS, AR -- Down Syndrome Connection is teaming up with the "I Can Shine" organization to host the first "I Can Bike" camp in Northwest Arkansas.

"We're teaching kids that have special needs how to get on a two-wheel bike," said Camp Director Nolan Farnan. "Throughout the week, they progressively get better at riding bikes, so they taper off the roller to get it more like an actual wheel in the back."

According to the program, over 80% of people with Autism and 90% of people with Down syndrome never learn to ride a two-wheel bike, but the 28 kids that are participating in the event want to defy the odds.

Camp participant Mary Borman shared that the experience was positive. "I'm happy I come here and be myself here and trust a lot of people by helping me," said Borman. "I have a normal person's life."

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