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Kids with special needs learn to ride bikes


Eau Claire (WQOW) - This week area kids with special needs got some extra encouragement to learn how to ride two-wheelers.

The Down Syndrome Association of the Chippewa Valley hosted I Can Shine, a non-profit organization that specializes in teaching the classes. 16 from age 8 to 20 were involved. Organizers say some of their disabilities include autism and down syndrome. They say some of them have challenges with balance and coordination and the goal of the boot camp is to help them ride a two-wheeled bike independently.

"A lot of them have never learned to ride a bike or there have been fearful experiences that are preventing them from learning how to ride on a two-wheel bike and this is a great life skill for them to learn at this point so it's very exciting to watch. I just had a kiddo outside on the track today riding two laps completely by himself so it's all worth it,” said Amy Standiford, the event coordinator for the Chippewa Valley Down Syndrome Association.

Organizers say there is a 75 minute session once a day for five days and by the end of it their muscle memory starts to kick in. Families pay a total of $95. Organizers say it's quite a discount, usually 'I Can Shine' recommends a total of $250. Organizers say money raised at the annual Down Syndrome Awareness Walk helped to offset the cost. 

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