The Edmond Sun

February 10, 2014

Mayor proclaims February as ‘AMBUCS National Visibility Month’


Special to The Sun

EDMOND — Mayor Charles Lamb presented AMBUCS President Ron Nutt with a proclamation at the Jan. 27 City Council meeting declaring February as AMBUCS National Visibility Month in Edmond.

The AMBUCS’ mission is creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities by providing scholarships for therapists, performing various forms of community service and providing AmTryke® therapeutic tricycles to people with disabilities.

The Edmond AMBUCS chapter has raised funds to donate AmTrykes to riders who are unable to operate traditional bikes. For more than a decade, these specially designed cycles have provided therapeutic benefits to both children and adults, while enhancing their quality of life. AmTrykes can be hand- and/or foot-powered and will accommodate riders of all sizes and ages. They help improve fitness, coordination, increase self-esteem and, most importantly, are fun to ride.

Through the AMBUCS Veteran Initiative, the club sponsors specially built AmTryke cycles and provide the opportunity of mobility and independence to disabled veterans.

The Edmond club is also active in building wheelchair ramps to make homes accessible. Adam Nevitt serves as the Ramp Building chairman and his contact information is 208-9228 or email him at anevitt@a-1freeman.com.  

To date, AMBUCS has provided more than $7.6 million nationally to educate physical and occupational therapists, speech language pathologists and hearing audiologists. Scholarship Chairman Cathy Williams White and Dr. Scott McLaughlin have been working with UCO therapy students to help them qualify for AMBUC Scholarships. This year the club had 16 students qualify earning them a total of $11,650. For information call Williams White at 341-4344.

The Edmond AMBUCS meet at noon on Friday in the Cherokee Room in the UCO Nigh Center. For more information, call June Cartwright at 820-9667.