Lose the Training Wheels Camp – 2009

I love this camp concept – the Lose the Training Wheels Camp helps children with a variety of disabilities learn how to ride a bike (among other things). Several camps have already taken place but here’s the schedule for the remainder of 2009.

  • April 6 to April 10, 2009 – Fairfax VA. Contact Emily House at emily.house@fairfaxcounty.gov.
  • April 13 to April 17, 2009 — Modesto CA. The camp is sponsored by the Society for Handicapped Children and Adults, to be held at the Davis High School in Modesto . Pre-registration is required. For more information please contact Carole McFarlane at Carole@societyforhandicapped.org. Applications can be downloaded on the website at www.societyforhandicapped.org
  • May 18 to May 22, 2009 – Muncie IN. We expect to set up a training clinic and thus a camp, at Ball State University, Muncie IN. Sessions with children will be during after school hours. Contact person is Dr. Tammy Burt, e-mail burt_62@yahoo.com
  • June 1 to June 5, 2009 – Evansville, IN. Camp is hosted by Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center. Contact person is Linda Dillon, telephone 812-479-1411, email is ldillon@evansvillerehab.com.
  • June 1 to June 5, 2009 – Peoria, IL. Camp is hosted by the Heart of Illinois Down Syndrome Society and Easter Seals. Contact person is Jessica Brack, e-mail jbrack@ci.easterseals.com.
  • June 8 to June 12, 2009 – Bloomington, IL. Camp is hosted by the Heart of Illinois Down Syndrome Society and Easter Seals. Contact person is Jessica Brack, e-mail jbrack@ci.easterseals.com.
  • June 8 to June 12, 2009 – Danville IL. The Danville camp is hosted by Ambucs, and to be held at the Palmer Arena in downtown Danville. Contact person is Pete Blackmon, telephone 217-431-2424, e-mail pblackmon@palmerarena.com
  • June 8 to June 12, 2009 – Rohnert Park CA. This camp will be held on the campus of Sonoma State University. Contact is Dr. Elaine McHugh at Sonoma State University, e-mail elaine.mchugh@sonoma.edu
  • June 8 to June 12, 2009 – Ridgeland MS. The sponsoring organization is the Ridgeland Recreation and Parks. For more information contact Christopher Chance, Director, tel 601-853-2011, e-mail Christopher.Chance@Ridgelandms.org.
  • June 8 to June 12, 2009 — St. Louis MO. The sponsoring organization is the Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis. More information will be posted when it becomes available. The contact is Jeffrey Pomranka, e-mail jeffrey@dsagsl.org
  • June 15 to June 19, 2009 – Pittsburgh PA. Camp is hosted by Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh. For more information call 412-420-2395 (leave message with name, phone number and address for questions).
  • June 15 to June 19, 2009 – Portland OR. Contact is Ann Donaca-Sullivan, e-mail annds@nwlink.com
  • June 15 to June 19, 2009 – Madison WI. The Madison area camp is hosted by Madison Area Down Syndrome Society, open to all children with special needs. Contact Andrea Wipperfurth at 608-692-7653 or andrea@madss.org for more information. The web site for the Madison Area Down Syndrome Society is www.madss.org
  • June 15 to June 19, 2009 – Frankfort IL. This camp will be held at Spencer Pointe School – 1721 S. Spencer Road – New Lenox, IL 60451. Contact person is Dee Johnsten, e-mail djohnsten@lwase843.org, phone is 815-806-4695.

    June 15 to June 19, 2009  – Marne (Grand Rapids), MI This is a unique camp conducted by Dr. Dale Ulrich as part of a research study through the Center for Motor Behavior & Pediatric Disabilities at the University of Michigan. For purposes of the study participation is restricted to children who meet the following criteria:
    - Must have diagnosis of Down Syndrome or on the Autism Spectrum
    - Must not have severe behavioral issues in a social setting
    - Must not be obese
    - Must not have restrictive medical issues such as uncontrolled seizures or a heart condition

    - Ages 9-18
    Participants will need to participate in pre-training data collection on either June 13th or June 14th at the bike camp location.

    The camp location will be added soon. For more information please contact Christie Jaszewski at cjaszews@umich.edu or (734) 936-2607 or Dr. Ulrich at ulrichd@umich.edu or 734-615-1904.

  • June 20, 2009 — Saturday — Portland OR. Quick Start is a one-day fundraiser for children without disabilities that uses the “Lose the Training Wheels” specialized training and equipment to help kids ages 6 and up learn to ride a bicycle without training wheels. “Quick Start” participation fee is $160.
  • June 22 to June 26, 2009 – Rochester Hills, MI. Camp is hosted by Band of Angels. Contact person is Craig Como, telephone 248-377-9309, e-mail craig@comopedspeech.com
    Rochester Hills camp information is available at www.bandofangels.com
  • June 22 to June 26, 2009 – Wichita KS. The camp will be held at Ice Sports Wichita. Contact person is Matt Hampton at matt.hampton@losethetrainingwheels.org.
  • June 22 to June 26, 2009 – Indianapolis IN. Contact person is Connie Merkel, e-mail cmerkel@eastersealscrossroads.org
    The web site for the Easter Seals Crossroads is www.eastersealscrossroads.org
  • June 22 to June 26, 2009 – Charlotte NC. The camp is hosted by Autism Foundation of the Carolinaswww.autismcarolinas.org. For more information about this camp email info@autismcarolinas.org.
  • June 22 to June 26, 2009 – Midland, MI. Camp is hosted by ARC of Midland. Contact person is Leah Hockaday and her e-mail is hockaday@thearcofmidland.org.  Midland camp information and registration is available at www.thearcofmidland.org.

    June 29 to July 3, 2009 – Highlands Ranch (Denver), CO. Camp is hosted by Highlands Ranch Community Association. Contact person is Summer Aden.  Her email address is saden@hrcaonline.org and her telephone number is 303-471-7043.  The camp will be held at their Westridge facility at 9650 S. Foothills Canyon Blvd, Highlands Ranch, Co.  More information is available at www.hrcaonline.org/tr

    June 29 to July 3, 2008 — Rochester, NY. hosted by Upstate New York Families for Effective Autism Treatment (UNYFEAT) www.unyfeat.org. For more information about the camp or to register email Gia Carroll at contact@unyfeat.org or leave a message for her at 585-234-1220.

  • June 29 to July 3, 2009 — Columbus OH. The camp is sponsored by the Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio. Contact person is Janet Callison, email callisons@ameritech.net or telephone 614-638-3990. Applications available at http://dsaco.net/
  • June 29 to July 3, 2009 – Milwaukee, WI. This camp is hosted by Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin and the Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin, open to all children with special needs. This camp will be held at South Milwaukee High School. Contact ASSEW at (414) 427-9345 Email: assew3@assew.org or DSAW at (414) 327-3729 Email: info@dsaw.org. Websites are www.assew.org and www.dsaw.org.
  • July 6 to July 10, 2009 – Racine, WI. This camp is hosted by Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin and the Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin, open to all children with special needs. The camp will be held at Union Grove Elementary School. The address is 1745 Milldrum Street, Union Grove, WI. Contact ASSEW at (414) 427-9345 Email: assew3@assew.org or DSAW at (414) 327-3729 Email: info@dsaw.org. Websites are www.assew.org and www.dsaw.org.
  • July 6 to July 10, 2009 — Schenectady, NY with the organization STRIDE Adaptive Sports, supported in conjunction with the Down Syndrome Aim High Resource Center and the Autism Society of America Albany Chapter. The camp will be held on the campus of Union College in Schenectady. The contact person is Mary Ellen Whitney, e-mail mwhitney@stride.org or Marietta Velvis, e-mail — msvelvis@DSAHRC.org or Elaine Hickey with the autism society, e-mail eareah2000@aol.com Capital District bike camp information is available at www.stride.org/sports/biking/
  • July 6 to July 10, 2009 — Atlanta, GA This camp is sponsored by the Fisher Foundation and will be held at Hembree Park Recreation Center at 850 Hembree Rd, Roswell, GA 30076. The contact person for this camp is Joy Prettyman. She can be reached at bikecampatlanta@gmail.com.
  • July 13 to July 17, 2009 – Ann Arbor, MI This is the second camp that will be conducted this summer by Dr. Dale Ulrich as part of a research study through the Center for Motor Behavior & Pediatric Disabilities at the University of Michigan. For purposes of the study participation is restricted to children who meet the following criteria:
    - Must have diagnosis of Down Syndrome or on the Autism Spectrum
    - Must not have severe behavioral issues in a social setting
    - Must not be obese
    - Must not have restrictive medical issues such as uncontrolled seizures or a heart condition
    - Ages 9-18

    Participants will need to participate in pre-training data collection on either July 11th or July 12th at the bike camp location.

    The camp is being held at St. Paul Lutheran School, 495 Earhart Rd. in Ann Arbor. For more information please contact Christie Jaszewski at cjaszews@umich.edu or (734) 936-2607 or Dr. Ulrich at ulrichd@umich.edu or 734-615-1904.

  • July 13 to July 17, 2009 – Villa Park, IL. The camp in Villa Park is sponsored by Easter Seals DuPage and the Fox Valley Region. The primary contact is Laura Znajda, PT. Her e-mail address is lznajda@eastersealsdfvr.org and her phone number is 630-282-2037.
  • July 13 – 17, 2009 – Buffalo, NY. This camp is hosted by the Down Syndrome Parent Group (DSPG) of Western New York.  For more information please contact Anita Ballow at hadbax@aol.com.
  • July 20 to July 24, 2009 – Cincinnati, OH. Camp is hosted by the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati and will be held in the Harrington Center Gym at the College of Mount St. Joseph. Please contact Molly Matheis at molly@dsagc.com or 513-761-5400 x 21.
  • July 20 to July 24, 2009 – Louisville, KY. This camp is hosted by Bellarmine University. Contact and location information will be posted soon.
  • July 27 to July 31, 2009 – St. Paul MN. Camp is hosted by Kids on 2 Wheels and will be held at Hamline University. Contact person is Dr. Susan Tarr, e-mail susan.tarr@uwrf.edu. The Kids on 2 Wheels website iswww.kidson2wheels.org
  • July 27 to July 31, 2009 — Marquette, MI. Marquette Alger Education Service Area (MARESA) is the host organization. The camp will be held at the Lakeview Arena in Marquette. For more information visit their website atlosethetrainingwheelsmqt.org or contact Carol Haapala at (906)361-0551 or chaapala9@gmail.com.
  • July 27 to July 31, 2009 – Richmond, VA. This camp is hosted by Richmond Hope Foundation and will be held in the Weinstein Center at the University of Richmond.  Please contact Cindy Richards at hopebikecamp@comcast.net for more information.
  • July 27 to July 31, 2009 — Fairfax VA. The camp is sponsored by the Fairfax County Park Authority. Emily House is the contact person, e-mail emily.house@fairfaxcounty.gov
  • August 3 to August 7, 2009 – West Hartford CT. The camp in West Hartford is sponsored by Kiwanis and the Town of West Hartford. Contact is Tom Proietti at West Hartford Kiwanis, e-mail tgpeol@comcast.net
  • August 3 to August 7, 2009 – Scituate, MA. The camp is being hosted by the Town of Scituate Recreation Department and the Scituate C.O.R.S.E. Foundation (www.corsefoundation.org). Registration will be in late March or early April (exact date will be posted when available) and is being coordinated through Scituate Recreation. For more information contact Marynell Henry at mnhenry@comcast.net.
  • August 3 to August 7, 2009 – Orange County (California). The Orange County Bike Camp will be hosted by the Down Syndrome Association of Orange County and United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County. For information please go towww.dsaoc.org or www.ucp-oc.org or contact DSAOC by telephone at 714-540-5794, or UCP-OC by telephone at 949-333-6428.
  • August 3 to August 7, 2009 — Dallas, TX. This camp is hosted by the Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas. Contact and location information will be posted soon.
  • August 3 to August 7, 2009 — Wausau, WI. This camp is hosted by Wausau Public Schools and will be held at Horace Mann Middle School, 3101 N 13th St. Wausau, WI 54403. The contact person is Mike Graham, mgraham@wausau.k12.wi.us, 715-261-0060 ext: 28120.
  • August 10 to August 14, 2009 — San Antonio, TX. The host organization is Kinetic Kids. The contact person is Tracey Fontenot, P.T., telephone 210-748-5867, e-mail tracey.kinetickids@sbcglobal.net
  • August 10 to August 14, 2009 — Toledo, OH. This camp is being hosted by The Lucas County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities and Maumee Valley Civitan and will be held at The University of Toledo. The contact person is Tracey Bruno, tbruno@lucasmrdd.com or 419.380.5175.
  • August 10 to August 14, 2009 — Rockford, IL. This camp is hosted by the Therapeutic Recreation Department of the Rockford Park District. The camp will be held at the Indoor Sports Center (ISC) at 8800 E. Riverside Blvd in nearby Loves Park. The contact person is Jordan McDonald, email jordanmcdonald@rockfordparkdistrict.org, telephone 815-987-1609.
  • August 17 to August 21, 2009 — Austin, TX. More details about this camp will be posted in the near future.
  • August 17 to August 21, 2009 – Arlington, VA. The camp is sponsored by the Arlington Parks & Rec Department and will be held at Barcroft Sports and Fitness at 4200 S. Four Mile Run, Arlington, VA. The contact person is Becky Suttell. Her e-mail is bsuttell@arlingtonva.us.
  • August 24 to August 28, 2009 – Windsor, ON. This camp is hosted by The Windsor-Essex Down Syndrome Parent Association-Up About Down (http://upaboutdown.org) and will be held at the Novelletto – Rosati Sports and Recreation Complex at 3939 Carmichael, Windsor , Ontario in Canada. For more information contact Julie Gaudette. Her e-mail is jgaudette5@cogeco.ca.
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