Variety Freedom Program
Our Freedom Program helps children with special needs gain mobility, confidence, freedom, independence and the chance to join in the life of their community by providing funding for specialized ‘adaptive’ bicycles, walkers, wheelchairs, therapeutic strollers and other devices to children in need. These items empower children to be physically independent and build confidence. Specialized equipment is often too expensive for many families raising a child with special needs, especially those with many other expenses related to their child’s care. Insurance doesn’t always cover the costs and families are left struggling to find ways to meet their child’s needs. Variety is able to stand in the gap when all other resources have been exhausted.
Variety’s Specialized Bikes
Bike rides are a staple of childhood that children with special needs deserve to experience too! Variety helps children with special needs gain mobility, confidence, independence, freedom and the chance to join in the life of their community by providing funding for specialized bicycles to families in need. The benefits of a specialized bike are both physical and therapeutic. Unfortunately, adaptive bicycles are often cost-prohibitive for many families and often not covered by insurance, despite their enormous physical and therapeutic benefits.
Variety works with physical therapists and social workers throughout the state to identify children with special needs who would greatly benefit from a specialized bike.
Variety’s Traditional Bikes
Do you remember receiving your first bike? Bikes go hand in hand with being a kid, but for many children in our community, the prospect of having their own bike is only a dream. Variety helps make that dream a reality by providing bikes, helmets and locks to children throughout Wisconsin.
The bikes directly impact a child and his or her family in many ways. Our Variety Bikes help to provide recreation and address the importance of exercise and physical activity. We include a special safety program that illustrates the significance of wearing a helmet, locking up your bike and riding safely. We believe that every child should have the chance to experience the joys of just being a kid!