June 23rd – June 27th, 2014
The Down Syndrome Network of Northern Nevada has partnered with the Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities and the Reno Access Advisory Committee to
once again bring the iCan Bike Program to Reno!
In 2013 The Down Syndrome Network of Northern Nevada brought the iCan Shine organization to Northern Nevada for the first time. The results were incredible!
Success in learning to ride a bicycle is a major accomplishment and learning to ride builds confidence while improving self-image. Thanks to the hard work of staff, volunteers and the riders themselves, 80% of riders learned to ride
a bike completely independently by the end of the 5-day camp.
iCan Bike uses adapted bicycles, a specialized instructional program, and a trained staff to teach individuals with disabilities how to ride a bike.
Riders attend the same 75-minute session each day for five consecutive days
(Monday – Friday) and they are physically assisted and encouraged by two
volunteer spotters. One of these volunteers must be secured by you and your rider. Details will be listed in the registration form. As you register, you will rank
the time slots from one to five. The times are on a first come, first served basis:
- 8:30 – 9:45 AM
- Session 2 is now full! (10:05 – 11:20)
- 11:40 AM – 12:55 PM
- 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM
- 3:35 PM – 4:50 PM
Over the course of the 5-day camp the adapted bike is adjusted to
gradually introduce more instability in an effort to challenge riders
at their own individual pace. The week is concluded with a touching
and inspiring award ceremony!
Rider must meet all criteria below to be eligible for iCan Bike Camp:
- Minimum of 8 years of age
- With a disability
- Able to walk without an assistive device
- Able to wear a properly fitted bike helmet
- Able to sidestep to both sides
- Minimum inseam of 20″
- Maximum weight of 220 lbs.
- Able to attend camp all 5 days
Each rider is encouraged to bring 1 or 2 healthy family members or friends
age 16 or older to volunteer in the session. The volunteer will be encouraging and physically assisting the rider during the 75-minute session. *Please note that the volunteer will be walking and jogging during these sessions.
Riders should bring their own bike or purchase a bike by the 3rd day of camp
so they can transition to their bike before camp ends. Please visit the iCan Shine website for help purchasing the right bike. Our local bike partner is
the Kiwanis Bike Program (used bikes), and they can help you purchase
a bike best suited to the rider.
Parents/guardians are asked to stay on site during the 75 minute session
for their rider each day for emergency purposes, personal care for your rider,
and so that you don’t miss their special achievements and success.
There will be an orientation for parents/guardians and volunteers.
We ask the riders do not attend the orientation meeting.
More information will be given at the end of the registration form.
Scholarships are available!
Please call the office for more information.
If you have any questions while filling out the registration form,
don’t hesitate to contact the DSNNN staff at (775) 828-5159.
Have questions about iCan Bike Camp 2014?
Contact Down Syndrome Network of Northern Nevada