November 27th, 2017 – Whether they use a wheelchair or walker or just look different, people with disabilities are too often seen for their limitations rather than capabilities. The Cerebral Palsy Association of British Columbia (CPABC) has partnered with Alinker to change all that with a new program called Movement Without Limits.
The Alinker is a three-wheeled, revolutionary walking bike that is designed to help people with limited mobility stay physically active without sacrificing comfort, style or safety. The Movement Without Limits program promotes physical activity, social connection, and emotional wellbeing. CPABC is giving each “Movement Ambassador” a free Alinker walking bike to help them get active and feel good.
The Alinker provides no stress on the lower body, promotes freedom of motion and stability, and places users upright in a supported, standing position, so they are eye level with the public when moving around. “The Alinker is much more than I expected. It’s an emotional attachment. I will be fitting in society again like I should, because I should not be measured by my disability. I feel really good,” says Alinker user Joe Revello.
Alinker spokesperson Samantha Jo Simmonds says, “This exceptionally cool bright yellow walking bike is a vehicle for social change. We’ve received a grant from the Li Ka Shing Foundation which has enabled us to give away nearly 1,000 bikes through non-profits, and we’re delighted to have donated 20 of these bikes to CPABC.”
CPABC Executive director Feri Dehdar says, “We believe individuals with cerebral palsy of any age benefit from access to recreation. Quality of life and living life without limits counter the effects of aging with a disability and can be practiced at any age. Movement Without Limits promotes a healthy lifestyle and outlook for people with disabilities, while having fun and maintaining independence.”
The Movement Without Limits program is now open for applications. Program applicants must have cerebral palsy, live in BC, and should be able to stand with an aide. Applications will be considered on a first come, first served basis until all Alinkers have been disbursed.
Movement Without Limits is generously funded by the Li Ka Shing Foundation.
Feri Dehdar, Executive Director
Cerebral Palsy Association of BC
(604) 408-9484, 1-800-663-0004
The Cerebral Palsy Association of BC was started in 1954 by a group of parents who wanted to assist their children living with CP to reach their maximum potential within society. We provide support, education, and information throughout BC. Our Mission is: To raise awareness of Cerebral Palsy in the community; To assist those living with Cerebral Palsy to reach their maximum potential; and To work to see those living with Cerebral Palsy recognize their place as equals in a diverse society. Recognized by the 2013 City of Vancouver Award for Accessibility and Inclusivity, the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC has supported people living with CP and other disabilities for over 60 years.