Volunteers needed for “iCan Shine” camp to help those on the autism spectrum learn to ride a bike

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Conyers, Georgia – The Rockdale County Autism support group is hosting a bike camp for children with learning differences on July 14th through July 18th. It will take place at Rockdale county high school located on 1174 Bulldog circle.

The camp is called iCan Shine and has been held in 30 other states. This will be Rockdale’s first bike camp. The nearby town of Alpharetta has hosted the camp for the past five years with great success. As chief organizer Esther Maclin told Rockdale news:

“My son attended in 2012. It was such an awesome experience that I wanted to bring it here to our community.”

The camp accepts children with all learning differences including those on the autism spectrum. Campers must be 8 years of age, weigh less than 220 pounds, have their own bike, and helmet. A technician will inspect each bike for safety.

In each daily 75-minute session a camper will be pared with a volunteer to learn how to ride a two-wheeled bike. Once mastered, the camp will host a “launch day” where campers will complete their first solo ride without training wheels.

Open slots for campers are filling up quick and the need for more volunteers is urgent. No experience is required. An orientation session for parents and volunteers will be held on July 13th.

To learn more about iCan Shine and how to volunteer go to:  www.icanshine.org or www. rockdaleautism.org

Read the original report  here

Autism Daily Newscast’s previous report on the iCan Shine program can be read here.