Tips & Advice

Adaptive Tricycle Funding Resources

October 20, 2016 by Elena Noble, MPT

A caregiver uses the guide bar to help guide a young child with special needs as she joyfully rides her adaptive tricycle in the sunny outdoorsA 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 August 2022)

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.

Back to Top

Share Your Thoughts

We will not publish your email address or give it to any other company. All comments are moderated, and may be edited for brevity.

Please enter your name
Submit Cancel
Chryssy | October 25, 2016

McLindon Family Foundation funds bicycles in full!

Elena | October 26, 2016
Thank you! I've put it on the list.
Saterial | November 01, 2016

I seen you all’s website and my son has disabilities. I would love for him to have a bike to work his muscles. He has low muscle tone, Chromosome Deletion 16, learning delays, speech delays and he has one kidney.