Camp Teaches Children With Disabilities To Ride Bikes

By Paul Strater

July 18, 2011 Updated Jul 18, 2011 at 9:33 PM CDT

Learning to ride a bicycle is an important part of most childrens' lives.

But for those with physical disabilities, mastering a two-wheeler can be very difficult.

"Lose the Training Wheels" is a week-long summer camp hosted by Easter Seals.

It uses specially designed bikes that allow children with disabilities to develop balance and coordination.

By the end of the week, they go through a huge transformation, and most ride without the special wheels.

One camper was there with his grandmother.

"Couple years ago, he had a bike. It was with training wheels, but he went head over heels and bloodies his mouth and that was the last time he rode his bike. It's wonderful, it's very emotional to watch him. He's really doing well. His first day," said Linda Barkdoll.

The participants pay only $75.00, with a large part of the cost underwritten by the Lora DeAnn Broers memorial fund.

The program has a success rate of 80 percent.