Firm Donates E-bikes and Scooters to Households with Autistic Youngsters
Aventon, a Southern California-based e-bike firm, donated 5 e-bikes, eight scooters, and $40,000 to CHOC’s autism middle.
“We imagine on this trigger, in this system, and what they’re doing right here for youngsters with autism,” Aventon spokesperson Adele Nasr advised The Epoch Instances.
Nasr’s son was lately recognized with autism. She has been taking her kids to CHOC for a number of years.
“We actually wished to assist what they’re doing as a result of it’s superb to have the ability to assist households which might be going by this and have this added assist and a community of medical doctors and superb advocates for these kids,” Nasr stated.
The e-bikes are commuter and leisure autos. They’ll attain speeds of as much as 28 miles per hour and have a variety of greater than 50 miles.
As final month was Autism Consciousness Month, Aventon determined to donate a portion of all its Might proceeds to CHOC.
“We actually wish to proceed … supporting causes that imply loads to us as an organization, however that are also doing good for the neighborhood,” Nasr stated.
Dr. Tom Megerian, medical director on the Thompson Autism Middle at CHOC, stated many sufferers with autism and different neurodevelopmental disabilities come from decrease socio-economic backgrounds and don’t have entry to increased expertise gear corresponding to e-bikes.
Megerian stated kids with “autism do higher after they get exercise.”
“It’s sort of therapeutic for them to have the ability to get out of the home, particularly below COVID and get extra bodily train,” Megerian advised The Epoch Instances.
He stated a big % of children with autism are usually extra overweight and have extra restricted diets—consuming fatty meals—and so they don’t get entry to as many bodily actions as typically-developing kids.
“Getting them out and on their bikes, bodily train, is a method to enhance that and likewise enhance their connectedness with different children,” Megerian stated.
Yareli Lopez, a single mom of 4, has one son with autism. She was among the many recipients of the donations, receiving one e-bike and three scooters.
Lopez stated she’s grateful for the donation and excited to spend extra time open air along with her son.
“I can’t afford to purchase a motorcycle,” Lopez advised The Epoch Instances. “I have to purchase a second-hand [bicycle], and my daughter has to share the bike with my son. This can assist my son and encourage him to get train and get all of the assist he wants.
“I hope they will help extra households like me and it’s by no means too late to present assist to different folks.”
Jina Jeng, the CHOC psychologist for Lopez’s autistic son, stated the donation will likely be very important for the kid’s well being by rising the time he spends exterior.
“That bodily exercise is so necessary,” Jeng advised The Epoch Instances.
“Now that he has this superb scooter and e-bike, that’s going to be large for the household to simply have household outings; after which it is usually necessary for them to be engaged in bodily exercise and have some bonding time.”