Enjoying a summer bike ride!

This is the time of year when many of us try to make the time to experience the great outdoors with family and friends. It’s so satisfying to enjoy a warm sunny summer day by doing something fun and active. But sometimes there are barriers for people with disabilities who want to engage in activities that people without disabilities take for granted.

The Region III Family Support Council removed some of those barriers one recent afternoon by sponsoring an Adaptive Cycling Day on the WOW Trail in conjunction with New England Disabled Sports (NEDS).

The WOW Trial provides is a perfect summer riding trail.

“The event was a huge success,” said Family to Family Coordinator Kaitlin Levesque. “Families gave great feedback and participants were very happy. They said they would love it if this event was offered again and NEDS would love to come back as well. It was a ton of fun!”

NEDS has a large collection of adaptive cycles accommodating children and adults with a wide range of disabilities. NEDS facilitators select the cycle best suited to each person’s skill level, accommodating their special need and challenging their abilities. We are fortunate that LRCS’ Main Office is located adjacent to the WOW Trail, giving people the opportunity to experience cycling on a safe trail with no motor vehicle traffic.

NEDS makes a large variety of sports accessible to people with disabilities. Those who participated also learned more about all of the adaptive winter and summer programs which include kayaking, paddle boarding, rock climbing, golf, archery, snowboarding, snow shoeing, and Nordic and alpine skiing. See New England Disabled Sports.

 

Comments, questions, and ideas for future blog posts can be sent to: Joanne Piper Lang, LRCS VP Development

joanne.lang@lrcs.org