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Bike First! Camp promotes inclusion for children with disabilities

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Organizers of Bike First say the camp gives those with challenges a feeling of independence. (KPTV) Organizers of Bike First say the camp gives those with challenges a feeling of independence. (KPTV)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The Northwest Down Syndrome Association kicked off its annual Bike First camp Monday, giving children with disabilities another way to have fun this summer.

Organizers say the camp helps promote inclusion by teaching those with disabilities the skills needed to bike.

The camp is open to children 8 years and up, and even though it is sponsored by NWDSA, children with autism, mild cerebral palsy, visual impairments, fear of falling, fine motor skills and other developmental delays were all welcomed to attend.

Ann Donaca-Sullivan, Clinic Director for Bike First, said the camp gives those with challenges a feeling of independence.

“It's really important, because our children, we want them to be part of society and included, and part of that is being able to do what other kids do,” she said. “Learning how to ride a bike is really difficult, and so with the adaptive technology that we have, we are able to teach them the skills needed to ride a typical bike, and then they are out there.”

The camp runs from June 20 through June 24 at Concordia College in Portland. For more information on Bike First visit NWDSA.org.

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