Cyclists Raising Awareness For Those With Disabilities Ride Through Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — There was a special bike ride through the City of Pittsburgh Wednesday. The goal was raising money to help those in need.

Last year, David Baldwin decided he wanted to do more for an organization in Houston, Texas, that helps people with developmental disabilities.

After taking a bike ride, he came up with the program call, the “Pursuit For Those With Disabilities.”

The goal is to not only raise money for the facility in Houston, but also to raise awareness.

“There’s 11 million people with developmental disabilities, and a little bit of help, whether it be hiring them or supporting them, goes a long, long way,” said Baldwin.

The cyclists made a stop in Pittsburgh and asked local organizations, Achieva and the Allegheny Valley School to join them.

“We’re excited to bring awareness to all of the services, all of the support that individuals with disabilities need on a daily basis. It’s just countless,” said Danielle Parson, the director of communications for Achieva. “Right now, we’re battling a waiting list. There are about 14,000 people on a waiting list waiting for services. So, with organizations like the one in Houston, we’re able to bring awareness across the country.”

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The organizations will also share information on what programs are working and what support is needed.

“We support these individuals for their work, employment in their community, spiritually, socially, we’re here to make sure they have the best quality experience throughout their life,” said Carol Erzen, of Allegheny Valley School.

The “pursuit” started June 6 in Oregon and the cyclists will finish their ride in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, on Aug. 3.

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