|My profoundly autistic son, Sam, is in Mrs. Moeller's ASD classroom at Hale elementary in Schaumburg.
As you know, another parent from the class knows you and due to your most gracious offer Sam is now the proud owner of a JoRide. I plan on putting the bike together on Monday and start teaching Sam to ride like Joe!
Thank you for being so generous with your time and resources, and congratulations for making a difference in the autism community. Parents like me (a single parent, in fact) are always looking for new options to develop interactive play opportunities and help our children gain another degree of independence and pride. The JoRide gives us just that.
Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you.
|“The JoRide bicycle program meets a core deficit which increases self body awareness. A participant can learn at their own pace and build on their own successes. JoRide helps build a level of confidence and enhances the rider’s control of their own body, and space around them. This also helps with managing anxiety levels and gives plenty of positive feedback."
Mr. Louis Columbus, Beard Special Education Center, Chicago IL
|Dear Mr. Cohen,
It is with sincere appreciation and gratitude that we compose this letter to both you and Konica Minolta for the JoRide Independence bicycle you provided to our son, Jason. Jason is 11 years old and he has autism. He is not able to independently ride a traditional two-wheeler bicycle due to balance, coordination and safety issues. The JoRide Independence is a perfect bridge between the tricycle he currently owns and a regular two-wheeler with petals that we hope he can obtain some day. Jason loves the bike, how it looks, and how easy is has been for him to ride without the need for immediate coordination and adult assistance. He has asked to ride it numerous times, even in the cold weather. The JoRide will allow Jason the ability to be part of our family rides. Thanks to this bike, Jason will now be able to be a more integrated part of our family and he will be able to participate in more outdoor activities which our family truly enjoys. What a terrific innovation to assist children who otherwise would not be able to ride a bicycle! We commend you and your efforts with this terrific product. We cannot say enough about how this bike is a game changer for many families with children dealing with certain disabilities. Thanks to you and your sponsors, we now have new opportunities ahead!
Christopher and Jill Kelly