In 2016, DSAA partnered with iCan Shine and Lafayette Parks & Recreation to teach individuals with disabilities to ride a conventional two-wheel bicycle using adapted equipment, trained professions and volunteers. With 75 minutes of instruction over five days, over 80% of riders learn to ride a conventional bicycle independently by the end of camp.
On March 28-April 1, 2016, DSAA and iCan Shine's iCan Bike program taught individuals with disabilities how to ride a conventional bike and become a lifelong independent rider! iCan Bike uses a fleet of 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 (M-F) whereby they are physically assisted and encouraged by two volunteers "spotters".
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!