Disability? These Kids Don’t Let That Stop Them!
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Learning how to ride a bike is something many of us do as a kid, but what if you have a disability that stops you from learning that skill?
Sheena Drey is cheering on her son, 11–year–old Collin Drey.
“I expect to be in tears by the end of the week, just because the first day it’s just been amazing to see him get out there and balance,” said Sheena Drey of Sioux Falls.
Collin suffered a brain injury at birth; he now has global developmental delay.
His family has tried multiple times to teach him how to ride, and they hope this five day camp does the trick.
“It will be a huge boost to his confidence and self–esteem, and it will be something he can do with our family and just for fun,” said Drey.
Many of the kids have a disability that keeps them from learning how to ride a bike the traditional way.
Some of them had volunteers from the program running around for entire sessions, but they don’t seem to mind.
“Funny thing is, is like yeah we go quite a ways and for 75 minutes, but you don’t even notice it because you’re having so much fun out there with all the kids,” said volunteer Mandy Schmiesing.
It’s a national program that’s here for a week in Moorhead.
“A lot of our riders have struggled with learning how to ride a bike for a really long time, so this just gets them out with their families and their friends and it’s a really great thing, super fun,” said iCan Shine Floor Supervisor Amy Casale.
Some parents say it’s an incredible opportunity that they couldn’t pass up and it’s just a chance for their kid to be a kid.
“After struggling so long too and it not working, for it to work this time for him. Huge for him and for us,” said Drey.
It’s a program that gives kids with disabilities a chance to get up and ride.
The majority of iCan Bike students learn how to ride a bike independently at least 75 feet with no assistance.