Camps for Children with Autism/Special Needs: Lose the Training Wheels!

Two exciting local camp opportunities for children with special needs.  FANS camp for children on the autism spectrum runs in Lafyette Hill from August 9-12, and “Lose the Training Wheels!” runs the same week at St. Joe’s University.  

FANS (Fight Autism Now) Camp: August 9th-12th, 9:00am-12:00pm @ St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lafayette Hill. A new theme each day! Pre-Registration & Open House on Thursday, July 15th from 5:00-6:00. $25.00 per day or $100.00 for the whole week plus a non-refundable $25.00 registration fee.

FANS Social Skills Group: The first Six-Week Session starts September 16th-21st. Your child may enroll in the 4:30-5:30pm OR 5:45-6:45pm group. Tuition is $150.00 plus a $25.00 non-refundable registration fee. Open House on Thursday, September 9th from 4:30-5:30.

FANS Vision
To combat autism with social skills and therapeutic activities to help children on the autism spectrum reach their full potential.

FANS Mission
To provide structured social skills and therapeutic programs in a supportive and nurturing environment for children on the autism spectrum.

FANS Staff: FANS Camp and the Social Skills Group are under the Direction of Jacquie Nicholl Godwin, a Certified Behavioral Specialist, and Volunteer Consultant, Rose Hoffer, Assistant Director from the Lovaas Institute and a staff of behavioral specialists, special education teachers and experienced aids.

FANS Contact Information: 


Lose the Training Wheels™, a program that teaches individuals with disabilities to independently ride a conventional two wheel bicycle, is now taking applications. Five-day camp sessions will take place August 9-13, 2010 at Saint Joseph’s University.

Lose the Training Wheels, Inc. is a national organization that works with local organizations to host camps in their communities.  Lose the Training Wheels™ uses adapted equipment, trained professionals and volunteers. With 75 minutes of daily instruction over five days, approximately 85 percent of campers learn to ride a conventional bicycle independently

To be eligible to enroll, participants must be at least eight years old. They must have a disability but be able to walk without an assistive device such as a walker or cane. They must be able to side-step quickly to both sides. Participants must have a minimum inseam measurement of 20 inches and weigh no more than 250 pounds.

All participants must wear a properly-fitted bike helmet at all times when on the bicycles. Participants will be most successful if willing to follow instructions and have a desire to ride a bicycle.

This is a wonderful and rewarding volunteer opportunity for anyone interested in dedicating 75 minutes each day over the 5 days of camp teaching a disabled person to ride a bike….And you will get exercise from walking/jogging alongside your assigned participant!

Cost of the camp is $175. Applications for participants and payment must be received by July 24, 2010. Applications for participants and volunteers can be downloaded at OR e-mail Lose the Training Wheels with any questions about participating or volunteering at

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  • Anonymous

    i used to bend them


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