WHITESTOWN — The Kelberman Center has once again partnered with iCan Shine, a non-profit organization that teaches individuals with disabilities to ride a conventional two-wheel bicycle, through its iCan Bike program.
This five-day camp, requiring riders to attend only one 75-minute session per day, is taking place Aug. 5-9 at Accelerate Sports on Judd Road.
iCan Shine is a non-profit organization that collaborates with local organizations to host camps in their communities. The camp is being hosted by The Kelberman Center, a regional center for excellence for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Research shows that more than 80 percent of people with Autism never experience the thrill of independently riding a bike, and this camp aims to defy those numbers. iCan Shine uses adapted equipment, trained professionals and volunteers. With 75 minutes of instruction over five days, more than 80 percent of riders learn to ride a conventional bicycle independently by the end of camp. Volunteers are still welcome to register for the program online at https://icanshine.org/ican-bike-utica-ny/ by contacting the Kelberman Center at 315-797-6241 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Kelberman Center, an affiliate of Upstate Caring Partners, provides services and support for people affected by autism spectrum disorder throughout the lifespan, from diagnoses and preschool to adult living. The center delivers supports and services through six core program areas, including Community Based Services, Education, Supporting Families, Clinic & Counseling, Social Groups & Recreation, and Long Term Support & Residential Options.