University of Vermont

The Center on Disability and Community Inclusion (CDCI)

Programs Team Up to Get Bikes for Kids

photo of Volunteers
Volunteers included CDCI faculty and staff, Vermont OTs and PTs, local community members, and UVM Physical Therapy doctoral students.

The Center on Disability and Community Inclusion at UVM is partnering with Vermont AMBUCS again this year, with the mission of getting children with special needs out riding bikes with their families and friends. Since this partnership program with CDCI was started, over 120 bikes have been fitted and delivered to Vermont kids!

Some children need extra special equipment to be successful at riding a bike. Vermont AMBUCS is a local chapter of a national organization dedicated to providing mobility and independence for children with disabilities. These special bikes, called Amtrykes, are able to be adapted for each child's movement challenges, with special seating, trunk supports, back supports, footplates, and hand cranks.

During a recent Open House, hosted by CDCI and Vermont AMBCUS, 30 children were fitted for special bikes. The project is now raising funds to help 18 of these children purchase bikes, so they can join their friends riding this summer. Please think about helping out with a donation.

For more information, and to donate, go to: http://www.uvm.edu/~cdci/at/?Page=freewheel.html

For questions, contact Marie MacLeod at 802-496-5399, email marie.macleod@uvm.edu


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