Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Pursuit – Pittsburgh Partnership
NHS Allegheny Valley School (NHS/AVS) is thrilled to have been selected as one of two area intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) providers to host a team of cyclists from around the United States that is currently riding 3,500-miles cross-country to raise money and awareness for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
Known as PURSUIT FOR THOSE WITH disABILITIES (pursuitride.org), the ride’s goal is two-fold: (1) to raise $13.5 million for The Center in Houston, TX, a nonprofit that has been promoting the pursuit of choice, growth and personal independence for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities for more than six decades, and (2) to convene nonprofit agencies in cities along the route to share best practices, raise awareness and jumpstart a national effort to attract more attention and resources to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Leadership from NHS/AVS and ACHIEVA, the other local provider selected by Pursuit, will meet with representatives of The Center to share their best practices on July 26 at NHS/AVS’ Pittsburgh Campus. Following the ride, information gathered from the stops across the country will be compiled by The Center and shared with providers to help enhance services and quality of care.
Also on July 26, "A carnival-themed welcome to Pittsburgh is planned for Pursuit on our campus," says NHS/AVS Chief Development Officer Dorothy Gordon. Included will be a "mini-ride" where clients, staff members and other guests of NHS/AVS and ACHIEVA can ride a short course on an adaptive bicycle, in their wheelchairs, on foot, or however they choose. “It will be a fun way for everyone to feel a part of the cross-country feat,” Gordon adds.
An official send-off for the Pursuit riders will be at the Sheraton Station Square on July 27 at approximately 10 a.m. Joining David Baldwin and the others who are undertaking the full 3,500 mile trek will be 40+ “ride-a-long” participants who will join the ride for the Pittsburgh to Cumberland, MD leg. Two of the ride-a-long participants are NHS/AVS’ own…Assistant Western Regional Executive Director Roni Erath and Chief Development Officer Dorothy Gordon. Clients, staff members, friends and the general public are encouraged to attend the send-off to provide the cyclists a true Pittsburgh-style rally!
This exciting effort has already gained local media attention for NHS/AVS!
- Watch the Lynne Hayes Freeland Show this weekend to see Roni Erath, joined by Pittsburgh Campus’s Shequala, and ACHIEVA’s Danielle Parsons. The show will air on Saturday, 7/23 @ 6:30am (CW) and Sunday, 7/24 @6am (KDKA). The segment will also be available online at: http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/show/lynne-hayes-freeland-show
For more information about Pursuit – Pittsburgh Partnership contact Dorothy Gordon (DGordon@nhsonline.org