On Friday, March 22nd, Variety got to present 6 adaptive bikes, 4 adaptive strollers, and 2 communication devices to local kids with the outstanding Riverview Intermediate Unit 6 team, and it was one amazing day!
One of these kids was Mason, age 14, who received his new BLUE adaptive bike.
His mom, Felicia told us,
“As an active family, especially in the summer, we do a lot of camping. Many of the campgrounds have paved roads for biking. Mason would benefit so well with the bike so that he would be able to join everyone and feel as he was part of the crowd as well.”
Mason also received an adaptive stroller, and his mom continued to tell us,
“Aside from camping, we also enjoy going to festivals, walks and theme parks. The stroller would benefit us so well without the bulk of a wheelchair and the struggle of pushing it through large crowds. We try to involve Mason in everything we do as an active family, but sometimes we had to rearrange our plans because of equipment issues.”
Additionally, we presented 2 adaptive bikes, 1 adaptive stroller, and 5 communication devices to kids from Beaver County on Wednesday with the amazing team at the Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit.
It was especially exciting to present a communication device to Khloe, age 6, whose mom, Brittany reminded us how much communication is taken for granted, and much this equipment means,
“My daughter is completely nonverbal, and she will not use sign language or PECS to communicate. As her mom, I feel the need for a communication device is critical to her learning and understanding of language. If she is hurting, lost or needs help, how is a stranger supposed to know what she needs or wants? Due to her Autism diagnosis there are many obstacles she faces and her being non-verbal is a huge burden for her. A communication device will lift that burden.”