Derek is a young man with a passionate interest in bicycles. Despite his autism, his limited ability to speak, and having epilepsy, he is still determined to create a meaningful future for himself.
Since his youth Derek has been interested in watching things spin, examining how gears work and comforted by the repetitive movements. He truly appreciates the simplicity of bicycle mechanics. As a result, Derek and his team opened a full-service bicycle repair shop. Derek works on bikes while receiving guidance from his mentor, a professional bike mechanic, and his support team. He has taken charge of his future by starting his own small business doing what is meaningful to him.
Derek, wise beyond his years, communicates using supported typing and understands the value of social responsibility. He has decided that a percentage of all profits from his business will be donated to Disability Rights International who promotes the human rights and full community integration of persons with disabilities worldwide.
A Message from Derek:
"If you saw me on the street you would think I am really impaired. I thank my parents for every thing they thought. They always knew I was not the person I appear to be. I am locked in a world that offers very little and my family found a way to really help me see I am able to do things that I want to do if I apply my skills and interests."
Bike Dr. Derek in the press:
Cycling Quarterly South Florida magazine: read more
Florida Bicycle Association newsletter: read more
Thanks to our wonderful support team and mentor, Bike Dr. Derek operates a full-service bike repair shop.
For service, please schedule a drop-off at our Ft. Lauderdale shop or schedule a pick-up at a time & location convenient for you (available in Broward County only). SCHEDULE NOW! For questions, please call 786-519-1540.
Shop location (at RBX) open Mon. - Sat.
1216a NE 8th Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33304
Pick-up services available:
All financial supporters will be recognized on social media and will receive a personal "thank you" letter from Derek. Supporters making a contribution of $100.00 or more will be recognized on the website and receive one complimentary
"Bike Dr. Derek" t-shirt for every $100 donated. For information on how the funds will be used, please check out Derek's crowdfunding page when you click on the button.
T-shirts are printed by Spectrum Designs Foundation, a printing company that provides employment to individuals with autism. Your purchase not only contributes to Derek’s future, you are also providing employment and raising awareness for numerous other exceptional people.
Join the Team!
WE NEED YOUR ENERGY & SUPPORT!
We are looking for individuals and community partners to be a part of our Business Support Team (BST).
Experience with bicycles is not required!
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Contribute your time or services to any aspect of the business and receive a solid return on investment .
Contact us for more details or JOIN NOW!
MEET THE TEAM