Rochester, N.Y. - The program, called “Lose The Training Wheels,” represents a triumph for people with autism – and for their families.
Held at RIT, the program is more than just teaching kids with autism to ride bikes--although that’s an achievement.
Medical studies have proven that children with disabilities who learn to ride a bike
experience improved mental and physical health.
For many children with disabilities, what first seems impossible can be mastered-- in less than a week’s time through the use of this program. Within days of learning to ride, many children exhibit independent behaviors for the first time ever.
This achievement creates a gateway -- helping kids with autism gain assurance and self-reliance.
13WHAM's Norma Holland was there Thursday. Two videos of the program are attached to this story.
Upstate NY Families for Effective Autism Treatment, also called UNYFEAT, relies heavily on volunteers. More information is available here.