A bike is the quintessence of childhood happiness. But for a child with disabilities, we think it’s a medical necessity. Beyond the joy and exhilaration of free-wheeling movement, the opportunity for reciprocal lower extremity exercise is crucial to the well-being of someone with fragile health. While the therapy community is unanimous on this point, sadly medical insurance companies underestimate (or even deny) the therapeutic value of an adaptive tricycle and typically refuse to cover them.
Thankfully there are organizations that recognize the therapeutic benefits of supported cycling and are committed to providing funding for adaptive tricycles to the kids and families who need them. Here are the ones we know:
(List updated January 2021)
Let us know if there are other groups we should list.
For organizations that provide funding for other types of adaptive equipment check our expanded funding resources listing.
Additionally, download this great primer on how to get Medicaid coverage for an adaptive tricycle.
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