iCan Shine: Teaching Individuals with Disabilities to Ride Bikes


  • Andrea Patrick Manager of Operations, iCan Shine
  • Lisa Ruby Founder & Executive Director, iCan Shine


adapted physical activity, adapted recreation, physical activity, recreation, biking, swimming, dancing, iCan Shine, iCan Bike, iCan Dance


iCan Shine (formerly “Lose The Training Wheels”) is a program designed to teach children with disabilities to ride a two-wheel bicycle (iCan Bike), swim (iCan Swim) and dance (iCan Dance). The flagship program is iCan Bike, which uses a specially designed back wheel to teach individuals with disabilities age 8 and up to ride a conventional two wheel bicycle. Each rider attends a weeklong program for 75 minutes a day, Monday through Friday. At the end of the week approximately 80% of participants are independently riding a two-wheel bicycle! The purpose of this paper is to present information about the three programs under the umbrella of iCan Shine.

Author Biographies

Andrea Patrick, Manager of Operations, iCan Shine

Andrea Patrick joined iCan Shine in 2009 as a Floor Supervisor for iCan Bike  and became the Manager of Operations in 2015.  Andrea uses her background in Physical Education and Physical Activity, as well as her organization skills to ensure that the iCan Bike program exceeds expectations.  Andrea is responsible for the management of all iCan Bike staff including recruitment, hiring, training, mentoring and enhancing job performance. Andrea is responsible for data collection and assessment, logistics support as well as the development of and monitoring Staff’s adherence to organizational policies and procedures.  Andrea currently resides in the Washington, DC area and can be reached at: andrea@icanshine.org. 

Lisa Ruby, Founder & Executive Director, iCan Shine

As Founder & Executive Director, Lisa Ruby is responsible for overseeing all aspects of iCan Shine with a primary focus on implementing our vision through strategic planning, business development, alliance building with other nonprofits and service organizations,  fundraising, marketing, program and staff development. Lisa believes that play is the purest form of therapy the world has to offer, and physical play the most beneficial for body, mind and soul.  Lisa devotes her time and effort to delivering the highest quality programs, working to ensure that everyone involved with iCan Shine, including staff, participants, families, volunteers, hosts, sponsors and partners – learn and teach in a supportive environment.Lisa currently resides near Washington, DC and can be reached at:  lisa@icanshine.org





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