By SHERRY VAN ARSDALL
THE GOSHEN NEWS
ELKHART — The ADEC annual Ride-A-Bike has taken place 40 times with great public participation. The agency, which advocates for those living with developmental and cognitive disabilities, is geared up for number 41.
A kick-off celebration inside ADEC at the Plaza in downtown Elkhart was held Thursday and ADEC Vice President Larry Bontrager told the group in attendance about the event.
The tradition continues May 18 when the 41st Annual ADEC Ride-A-Bike takes place at Concord High School.
“It’s a favorite ADEC tradition. Families come for the experience of gathering together in support of the children and adults we serve,” Bontrager said. “It’s a fun day with a huge purpose and impact. It’s real easy to take part. You get a pledge form, get a team together and pledge some money.”
The kick-off highlighted the agency’s latest project, assistive technology.
Ryan Murphy, director of assistive technology, says he’s helping to bring clients closer to technology where it can impact their lives.
“We can tailor individual plans for each client,” Murphy said.
There’s a new Tech Lounge for clients and Murphy is working on some projects in that area, he said.
“The clients can play video and learn skills by using iPads,” he said.
ADEC proudly advocates for, and serves people with, developmental and cognitive disabilities so they live lives full of choice and possibility. ADEC is known for pioneering innovative therapies and supports for the children and adults it serves in the local community since 1952.
Participants may choose from open road biking courses of 20-miles, 9-miles or 5-miles on the country roads south of Concord High School, or a 1-mile walking course in the neighborhood surrounding the school. Participants in the rides and walks bring pledges to the event to support ADEC services.
Pre-registration is not required as registration takes place that morning, starting at 8:30 a.m. with the rides starting at 10 a.m. Anyone raising $250 or more will receive a prize. Top youth, adult and team pledge winners receive grand prizes and award certificates.