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Kelly D. Barns1, Andrea L. Patrick2, and Jason D. Wagganer1; 1Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO. 2iCan Shine, Fairfax, VA.

iCan Bike, a subdivision of the iCan Shine organization, started in 2007 and serves a variety of individuals with special needs or disabilities, with the primary objective of learning to ride a typical two wheeled bicycle. One camp consists of five 75-minute sessions a day for five days, for a total of 375 minutes for the week. PURPOSE: To analyze participant demographics and outcome data from the 2015 multi-facility iCan Bike organization. METHODS: Descriptive statistics were conducted on data from 90 camp facilities using SPSS. Permission to utilize the data was provided by the iCan Shine national organization. RESULTS: From the 2,652 participants, 64.3% (n=1,705) were male and 35.7% (n=947) were female. The average age was 11.7 + 4.5 years of age, with the average height of 55.9 + 6.1 inches and weight of 92.3 + 34.9 lbs. Conclusive data showed 67.7% of participants (males=70.2%; females=60.4%) learned to independently ride a two wheeled bike. The two primary diagnoses with the achievement of learning to ride a bike were autism spectrum disorder (overall=75.5%; males= 76.1%; females= 73.2%) and Down syndrome (overall=51%; males= 51.6%; females= 50.4%). CONCLUSIONS: The majority of participants that attended one iCan Bike camp learned to ride a typical two wheeled bicycle. These findings support past research, indicating this teaching style is an effective way for individuals with special needs or disabilities to learn how to ride a typical two wheeled bicycle. Future research still needs to examine the success rate among various disabilities, those with multiple disabilities, and the success rate of participants that are repeaters of the camp.

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