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How Adaptive Bikes Assist Individuals Living with Disabilities

Not only is bicycling a great form of exercise, but it’s also a fun leisure activity individuals can enjoy on their own or with others. In recent years, adaptive bicycles have been developed so individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DDs) can experience bike riding in a way that accommodates their needs. Direct Care Innovations invites you to learn more about adaptive bicycles, including their benefits, the different types of bicycles, and how they are making a difference for many individuals living with a wide variety of disabilities.

How Adaptive Bikes Assist Individuals Living With Disabilities

Benefits of Adaptive Bicycles

Adaptive bicycles provide several benefits for children and adults living with I/DDs. Physical benefits include increased joint motion, muscle movement, circulation, and core development. They can also help with coordination and balance. In addition to physical benefits, adaptive bikes offer emotional advantages as well. Those with I/DDs can be involved in this relaxing sport and can also feel a sense of independence as adaptive bicycles allow them to ride bikes on their own.

Types of Adaptive Bicycles

Adaptive bicycles are created with different modifications in order to meet the various abilities of those living with I/DDs. 

  • Handcycles for those with lower-limb mobility impairments
  • Tandem bikes in a variety of setups
  • Three and four-wheeled recumbent bikes for lower extremity cycling and for assistance with balancing
  • Recumbent foot cycles for balancing and recumbent handcycles for those with less mobility
  • Electric bikes with motorized assistance that can decrease the need for pedaling

How Adaptive Bicycles Are Making a Difference

Many individuals living with I/DDs would love the opportunity to participate in a sport like bicycling. Non-profit and community organizations often raise money to provide adaptive bicycles for these deserving individuals in order to encourage the development of healthy bodies and healthy minds. A few examples include the following:

  • Allowing children with special needs to participate in bike riding with friends and family
  • Providing adaptive bikes for wounded service members and first responders so they can build friendships with others in similar life situations
  • Giving seniors opportunities to experience bike riding even though physical limitations keep them from riding them on their own

Proud Supporter of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

DCI is proud to work alongside agencies that care for individuals living with I/DDs. We support these agencies and their patients with our home health business management software which includes several modules such as training and compliance, electronic visit verification, client ratings, and many more. Request a sales demo today when you call us at (480) 295-3307. We are proud to serve all 50 states.

Source: DeVault, Nancy. “Adaptive Bicycles Pave the Way for Riders with Disabilities.” Ameridisability. 03 Jul. 2019. Web. 07 Nov. 2022.

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