All Kids Bike Attends National Down Syndrome Society Adult Summit for Inclusive Learn-to-Ride Program!
The National Down Syndrome Society Adult Summit arrived in Cincinnati, Ohio for three filled days of education, connection, and a whole lot of laughter. Hundreds of individuals from across the country came together on November 9-11th, stepping away from the hustle and bustle of their daily lives to address topics surrounding aging and Down Syndrome.
Attendees ranged from individuals with Down Syndrome and other disabilities, family members, and professionals. No matter one’s background, there was no denying the mission that tied everyone together, a drive to create an inclusive future!
Throughout the conference, attendees could attend breakout sessions covering a wide variety of topics from employment, health + fitness, finances, family support, and of course dating + love! The conference as well provided exclusive sessions for self-advocates, where they could dive into important topics and gain resources, all the while being surrounded by their peers. These educational sessions of course couldn’t be concluded without a self-advocate only dance party. From the rumors that floated through the conference the following morning, it sure sounded like an absolute blast. A true moment where those with differing abilities could bust a move and feel 100% included.
Attendees weren’t the only ones having all the fun, exhibitors had the opportunity to share, connect, and advocate for an inclusive future. A multitude of exhibitors were business owners themselves, from Crazy Socks to homemade dog treats, paintings, crotchet hats, etc. These entrepreneurs are blazing the trail, opening doors, and spreading awareness for inclusivity.
Over at the All Kids Bike Inclusive Learn-To-Ride exhibit, our team was strapping on helmets to any willing and daring individual. Giving them the opportunity to ride a bike for the very first time or to give it another shot. There was not a single individual riding our 20x bike that didn’t wear an enthusiastic smile. One of our favorite moments was with an individual who showed a little hesitancy hopping onto the bike saddle. After one lap around the conference center, she jumped off exuding confidence, running towards her father exclaiming “Dad! I did it, I did it”. This is what we are here for, this is what we work for as the All Kids Bike team, to teach ALL abilities to ride a bike!
In the end, we attended the NDSS conference to showcase our new Inclusive learn-to-ride program and provide the opportunity for everyone to learn to ride. We are now looking forward to attending next years NDSS conference and furthering the connections we made!