What we do
Children with Special Needs share the same goals as many of us. Each child's story, situation, and challenges are unique. Due to balance and mobility challenges, many children and teens with special needs require the use of an adaptive bicycle.
AdaptAbility is a program created to customize adaptive bicycles for children with special needs, allowing them to exercise and to improve mobility, while giving opportunity to experience the pleasure of riding a bicycle. Each bicycle is tailored to the child's challenges and goals. AdaptAbility bicycles are donated to families free of charge, allowing them to increase their quality of life.
With the cost of life increasing day by day, most families cannot afford the costs of an Adaptive bicycle. Families with Special Needs children are being forced to divide themselves on how to afford one in order to do outside activities together. Our mission is to bring families together while they exercise. Exercise can change not only one household: it can change the whole community.
AdaptAbility…Raising funds to donate a bicycle to children with Special Needs in need of one. Allowing them to exercise, creating unforgettable family time, and giving them the opportunity to feel like any other child.
Changing life one at a time
Since we started our journey with AdaptAbility, all we have wanted is to change lives. Investing in cycling is how we will achieve our goal. Cycling benefits are increasing every day. Cycling can provide exercise and transportation, and can be fun in the park. Adaptability is here to make cycling part of your family and community. Our first star rider was Diego Munoz. The media attention he generated helped fund additional bikes for three more star riders: Peri Finkelstein, Hasan Mahmud, and Karen Zhou. We are working with New York schools to identify future star riders. As long as donations keep arriving, we will continue building custom adaptive bicycles and creating huge smiles.
Kiko is 14 years old. He is smart, love sports and is an energetic happy young men. Kiko's 4 brain surgeries brought some irreversible complications. Left sided paralysis and losing half of his vision are the major ones but his ADHD complication is just as significant. Due to this, his executive age is 3-5 years younger than his chronological peers. His deficient executive functions make him unable to plan ahead, organize his thoughts, and anticipate possibilities.
“We really want him to be independent Sandra, and find the freedom and joy in doing things on his own, however, Safety supersedes this. We have carefully deliberated on this and thought that tandem biking will bring him the pleasure of cycling within the realms of being safe”
— Lina, Kiko’s mother.
Diego is 12 years old. He was born with a duplication of chromosome 15q and a mutation the gene TLK2. After many several surgeries and many more to come in the face and the head, he still requires special diets, therapies and treatment. Diego is non-verbal and non-ambulatory. Having an adaptive bicycle will give Diego therapy and freedom to be outside.
“Diego is our best teacher and although we can still say that our journey with Diego is challenging and still very difficult to navigate, this is a story of a family full of hope, love and resilience”
— Ligia, Diego’s Mother.
Allegra is 20 years old and in her final year of school at iBrain. Although she is non-ambulatory, Allegra loves to move, especially on adaptive bicycles! Her current school does not have a bicycle for her. So, having her own bicycle would enable her to bicycle during her last year of school and beyond.
She is a sweet, beautiful 6 year old girl from Brooklyn, New York. It all started out when she suffered from lack of oxygen and low APG scores. Ava suffers from multiple medical issues, PDD/ Autism, Selective Mutism and immunosuppressive disorder that she receives IVIG infusions. She has been home based all of her life for therapy and school services. The joy of receiving a bike that will provide her safety and enjoyment at same time is the best gift anyone could ever give her.