posted on May 17, 2011 20:57
Variety, the Children's Charity of Buffalo and Western New York, has donated a specially adaptive bicycle to the Genesee ARC for use by individuals with disabilities.
The new bicycle, valued at over $3,700, will be used by individuals served by the Genesee ARC in their recreation programs. The bike will be located at the ARC's new Community Center on Woodrow Rd. in Batavia.
The bike is actually a large tricycle, with upright seating and uniquely designed pedals that make it easy to operate.
ARC Executive Director Donna Saskowski said the bike helps foster motor skills and coordination. She also said it has psychological benefits:
"We just had a young man who rode for the very first time, and he was so excited. His mother didn't think he would do it because she thought her son would be too nervous and scared. We saw what he did, and he now has the belief, 'I can do this,'" Saskowski said.
The donation was made possible through a grant from the Freedom Concepts group and the annual Variety Club Telethon.
PHOTO: From left: Todd Owlett from Freedom Concepts, Kenneth Scibetta from Variety and Wesley Munt of the ARC.