This is a guest post from Steven Cohen, the founder of JoRide Bicycles, for special needs children and adults. His son Joey has autism.
JoRide Bicycles is happy to announce we will be participating in the Chicago Walk Now for Autism Speaks as a Resource Fair vendor. Participants are using the JoRide bike to assist with OT and PT issues as well as social activities too—and we want to introduce Chicago families to this new product.
I founded JoRide Bicycle after my son Joey who has autism.
Over the past couple of years, I have tried to teach my autistic son Joey how to ride a standard pedal bicycle. After knocking his legs into the pedals time and time again, he, not surprisingly, lost interest. Meanwhile, he still desperately yearned to be able to go riding with his siblings and peers. For years, I have pulled Joey around in a Burley (a pull-behind bicycle trailer for children). That way, he was at least able to come along with the rest of the family, but he didn’t receive any exercise in the process. Now eleven years old and too large to fit in a Burley, I thought his bicycle days were over. That’s when I began tinkering with his bike. The modified version I came up with was the prototype for JoRide. And thanks to his own JoRide, Joey no longer takes a passive backseat in the Burley. He loves to actively ride just like other children, and he is content for HOURS just watching the movement of the wheels that he is accomplishing all by himself.
JoRiding has provided my son Joey with balance skills as well as newfound confidence and independence. It can accomplish the same benefits for any rider.
JoRide has appeared on many news broadcasts both locally and nationally lately as well as newspaper and magazine articles.
All of this coverage can be seen on our website.
We are very thankful for all the attention we are receiving as the bike and offered programs by local schools, community centers and individual riders have expressed huge interest. JoRide is a year round activity and has become very popular promoting fitness activities. In addition, the bike gives the ability to Walk – Ride and rest when needed.
30 other online retailers will be carrying JoRide Bicycles in the coming weeks.
Again, please visit our website to see pictures, videos, links to articles and reports completed and upcoming.