Bike rides, zoo days, trips to the park - these are all staples of childhood that kids with special needs want to experience. They want to be active and mobile like other children in their communities.
But the durable medical equipment necessary to give these kids the independence they desire is often too expensive for many families, especially those with too many other expenses necessary for raising a child with special needs. And insurance isn’t always the answer - in many cases, devices like adaptive bikes and special needs strollers are denied, despite their immense physical and therapeutic benefits, because insurance will not provide coverage for these necessary items. Even wheelchairs can take several years to be funded by insurance.
This is where Variety steps in. Variety Kids on the Go! aims to help kids gain mobility, confidence, freedom, independence and the chance to join in the life of their community by providing funding for specialized bicycles, walkers, wheelchairs, therapeutic strollers and other devices to families with the most need. These items empower these children to be physically independent.
Please contact Sheri at the Variety Office if you are interested in learning more about applying for special needs equipment.