7-year-old Teddy Roth didn’t know how to ride a bike. Life with cerebral palsy meant that he simply wasn’t able to pursue everyday outdoor activities that other kids his age took for granted. But that misconception is exactly why the Department of Kinesiology’s Tim Gattenby started the Biking for Everyone course. The eight-week program is designed to help differently abled kids learn how to ride bikes—and teaches students to be more open-minded when working with people with disabilities.
The program is opening the eyes of students who are planning to go into medical school, become physician’s assistants, or work as occupational and physical therapists. By seeing what participants are capable of, students learn the importance of not setting limitations and come to exhibit a different philosophy and attitude about what is possible for patients with temporary or permanent physical disabilities.
Run through the Department of Kinesiology’s adaptive physical fitness program, the course works with children and parents with a wide range of abilities to stress the importance of physical activity, increase confidence, boost independence, and spread the knowledge that differently abled does not mean disabled.
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