Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

July 26, 2016

A cross-country bicycle ride passes through Pittsburgh today and Wednesday to raise awareness and money for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The “Pursuit for Those With disABILITIES” aims to raise $13.5 million for The Center, a Houston nonprofit that promotes choice, growth and personal independence for these adults. The promotion is bringing together nonprofit agencies along the way to work on ways to help a population its founders say is overlooked.

Today, the ride is scheduled to stop at the Allegheny Valley School at 1992 Ewings Mill Road in Coraopolis, where staff of that campus for adults with these disabilities and of education and human services provider ACHIEVA, as well as their clients and guests, will participate in a mini-ride using adaptive bikes, wheelchairs, their feet and other modes amid a carnival theme.

Wednesday morning, the public is invited to the Sheraton Station Square for a 10 a.m. rally to see off the ride as it heads out on its next leg to Cumberland, Md.

AVS chief development officer Dorothy Hunter Gordon says she’s very excited to be joining the school’s assistant western regional executive director Roni Erath in pedaling that leg. “The ride will provide a great way of continuing the conversations” about building collaborations and quality of care for people with these disabilities.

The 3,500-mile ride ends in Rehoboth Beach, Del., on Aug. 3. It started in Astoria, Ore., on June 6. Read more about it at pursuitride.org.

Bob Batz Jr.: bbatz@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1930 and on Twitter @bobbatzjr.