07/29/2010 // Arlington, Texas, US // TiffNews10 // News Desk
Arlington, Texas – A North Texas program is helping children with disabilities who may face additional challenges with learning to ride a bicycle. As reported by CBS 11 News, the Lose the Training Wheels program, which sponsors daily training sessions at locations throughout the country, offers bike riding classes for children eight years and older and adults who may need assistance. The Down Syndrome Partnership of Tarrant County recently sponsored classes at the University of Texas in Arlington.
Sharon Colantonio with Lose the Training Wheels is quoted in the report as stating of what is taught in the classes, “They will ride on the trainer bikes and as they begin to learn how to ride the trainer bikes, they increase in difficulty with the roller in the back of the bike changing out and increasing in tippingness eventually allowing a rider to transition from the roller bike to the conventional bicycle.”
Colantonio is further quoted as stating of the benefits for the children and adults who utilize the program, “They have a sense of belonging with their peers and they can go out and they have an opportunity to ride with their peers.”
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