Opening in January, Training Wheels will provide welcoming space for children of all abilities

Training Wheels is a local space for families with children of all abilities to gather in a creative environment for classes, play and other activities. The space is set to open in January 2020. / Contributed photo by Theresa Nix

When Theresa Nix's son, Everett, was born with Down syndrome seven years ago, she found talking with other moms of children with Down syndrome to be far more helpful than any amount of research in navigating the unique challenges of having a child with special needs.

In 2014, she started Downside Up and Camp Wakawalu, a camp for children with Down syndrome and their families to get together for a weekend of fun, games and support. It grew to include families of children with different disabilities - some of which are extremely rare - to provide a community for families who felt alone in their situation.

As time went on, it became more apparent there was a need for that sense of community and support year-round. That's how the idea came about for Training Wheels, a local space for families with children of all abilities to gather in a creative environment for classes, play and other activities.