AMBUCS: Creating mobility and independence for individuals with special needs

AMBUCS

AMBUCS is one of our gracious sponsors of the Great Bike Giveaway

William Smith AMBUCSIn 1919 William L. White had a dream to begin a national service organization for young business and professional men. The organization was called the American Business Club and in 1961 it was shortened to AMBUCS.

93 years later William Whites vision has evolved into a grassroots non-profit service organization dedicated to creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities.

Today, there are approximately 5,500 AMBUCS members in over 130 chapters in 28 states. Each chapter is dedicated to serving a local area.

What AMBUCS does

AMBUCS runs a host of programs that are designed to enhance mobility and accessibility to individuals with special needs.

AmTryke Therapeutic Tricycles

AmTrykeOne of the most successful programs in recent years has been the distribution of the AmTryke® therapeutic tricycle. This unique tricycle can be hand and/or foot-operated and helps to improve a rider’s muscle strength, motor coordination and self esteem.

AmTryke is about abilities, not disabilities. AMBUCS believes riding a bike is a rite of passage everyone deserves to experience. AmTrykes allow riders to be out in the neighborhood riding with their friends and family and while improving health and fitness.

They partner with physical and occupational therapists to evaluate riders for the AmTryke program. Therapists help by making sure tryke placements are safe and effective. They help with fitting and choosing the size and type of the trykes as well as the adapted parts each rider needs.

Ramp Building

AMBUCS RampsBuilding ramps to create accessible homes and businesses is another project which AMBUCS™ chapters hold close to their hearts. With the help of a ramp guide AMBUCS members build wheelchair accessible ramps for individuals with disabilities.

Accessible Playgrounds

AMBUCS Play GroundBuilding and refurbishing playgrounds that can be used by children regardless of ability level is becoming an increasingly popular project among AMBUCS™ chapters. Whether it is adding universal usage playground equipment or building all-new playgrounds, members are acknowledging how important these playgrounds are.

AMBUCS Scholars

AMBUCS ScholarsSince 1955, National AMBUCS™, Inc. has been awarding scholarships to therapy students in their junior/senior year in a bachelor’s degree program, or a graduate program leading to a master’s or doctoral degree. To date, more than $7.6 million in scholarships have been awarded to over 14,000 students pursuing degrees in physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology and audiology.

Becoming an AMBUCS Member

AMBUCS provides fun, innovative service opportunities for people who want to help their community but do not necessarily have a lot of time to do so. By working together, AMBUCS volunteers make their spare time go a long, long way.

Many AMBUCS chapters are also committed to performing valuable civic service and improving their communities. Their niche is to provide small, meaningful projects that go unfunded by government or insurance. This is realized by projects like home ramp building for people in wheelchairs and the funding of college scholarships for therapists via the AMBUCS Scholars program.

Tzvi

Written on 2012/04/25 by:

Tzvi

Tzvi Schectman is the Family Coordinator for the Friendship Circle of Michigan and the Editor of the the Friendship Circle Blog. You can connect with Tzvi on LinkedIn and Google+
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  • Colleen Roberts

    My daughter Katie is 8 and her best friend Kylee is 9. These two girls are great playmates and enjoy spending time with one another. Now that the weather is getting nicer, it’s time to ride bikes. My Katie has a two wheeler, but Kylee has special needs and does not have the use of her legs. So we, Katie and I have been looking for a hand cycle for Kylee, but they’re so expensive. I would like to find some information about where I could get a hand operated ‘bike’ for Kylee. I’ve talked with her parents and neither of us have the ability to pay for a brand new bike for her. They tell me Kylee understands that she has limitations and it’s ok, but it’s not ok to me. I love this little girl and would love to find a way to purchase a used hand cycle that is within my limited budget for Kylee. My Katie and I spend hours looking on line trying to find something that would give Kylee the opportunity to keep up and be a child that can go biking. It’s sad the way people see only the wheel chair when we go places and act like something is wrong with her. There isn’t anything wrong with Kylee, her legs just don’t move.

    If you could give me any advise I’d appreciate it.
    Thanks – Colleen