UPDATE FROM AIDAN’S FAMILY:
Aidan is still riding at least 4 days a week but not propelling it independently…yet. He is so close and enjoys riding his tricycle….look at his smile. Thank you! Please share this with all involved…..very special people in the world like you and your organization members that give so much for the children in Indiana make me hopeful and give me strength. Aidan is attending 3 Physical Therapy, 3 Occupational Therapy, 2 Speech therapies, therapeutic horse riding and pool therapy once a week on top of his activities home with us….riding tricycle, gait trainer, standing in a stander. Thank you seems so little for the help you have provided, I know God will repay you all so much more.
Four year old Aidan has diplegic cerebral palsy. He had a procedure in St. Louis in September of 2013 to try to alleviate some of his pain and now attends physical therapy 4 days a week. While in therapy in St. Louis, Aidan rode an adaptive tricycle which helped him physically as much as it did emotionally.
Aidan’s parents try to give their non-verbal son every chance they can to walk, and knew an adaptive tricycle was just the thing he needed at home. However, Aidan’s parents couldn’t afford the out of pocket expense, and insurance and other aid wasn’t available to help cover the costs.
HCCI was able to help Aidan and his family when no other alternative could be found. Aidan was given an adaptive tricycle and he looks like any other little boy riding his bike! He loves being pushed around the house on it and his family is confident that by spring he will be able to propel the tricycle himself. The adaptive tricycle has even been integrated into his therapy regimen four times a week. Aidan and his family are grateful that HCCI could help give Aidan this gift and a chance at walking when no other source could.
Fourteen year old C.J. is autistic. He is non-verbal and unable to express wants and needs, which led to some behavioral issues. However, during school and therapy, C.J. responded well to the use of an iPad to better communicate with those around him. His parents saw the positive impact this had, but were unable to afford an iPad for him at home. Although both parents worked, with three children and recurring medical bills, an iPad was simply outside of what they could afford. With some help from HCCI, C.J. now has the iPad he needs at home and is able to communicate what he wants and needs much more effectively!
Madison has Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome as well as Epilepsy. A special tricycle would help Madison physically develop, as well as allow her some independence and mobility. Madison is raised by her dad and step-mom, who are a blue collar, hard working family and despite best efforts, were unable to afford an adaptive tricycle.
HCCI was able to step in and help Madison get an adaptive tricycle, specifically fitted for her physical limitations. For the first time, Madison was able to go on a walk in her neighborhood with her family, just like any other kid her age.
On behalf of my family, we wanted to say thanks so much for purchasing the Rifton tricycle for our daughter, Ella. Although the weather hasn’t been great so far, we have been out a couple times and Ella really enjoys riding and pedaling. She will have a very fun summer of riding when the weather warms up. It is perfect to take along when our boys have a soccer practice and Ella and one of us can spend some quality time riding! Our boys even enjoy pushing her around. This will be very beneficial in her physical wellbeing as well as emotional.
The Spear Family
Ella needed an adaptive tricycle to help develop her motor skills but only had access to one during her physical therapy session one hour per week. Owning a tricycle for home use would augment her development and develop independence.
Ella uses her new bicycle all the time and it has greatly enhanced her development, both socially and physically.
Carson is autistic and does not verbally communicate. He requires a device to express his needs and wants, as well as feelings such as anger, pain or joy. Carson could only communicate with others via an iPad and software specialized in assisting autistic individuals with communication and expression.
Carson’s parents work full-time as well as care for Carson and his two siblings, including an autistic brother. Psychiatric appointments, medications, special services and general care have placed the family under financial strain. HCCI providing Carson with the iPad and required software has helped him significantly and made it significantly easier to communicate with his family and friends.
Aletha and Jake come from a family of five children, where their mom and the three oldest children have hearing loss. With so many hearing aids for the family, it is hard to keep up with the cost of replacing and maintaing them for four people. HCCI was able to help Aletha and Jake by providing them with new hearing aids.
Aletha says, “I can hear everything and understand my teacher. I am so thankful for my hearing aids!” Her brother Jake says, “Thanks for my hearing aids! They are really improving my school work. It is so much easier to hear the sounds in spelling. Thanks to Hear Indiana and HCCI, I have better hearing!”
Taylor was able to pedal an adapted tricycle on her own, however she did not have the balance or strength to ride a commercially available tricycle. Taylor has Down Syndrome and several developmental delays. Speech therapy and riding an adapted tricycle are two therapies that help Taylor grow, develop and thrive as a little girl. Taylor’s mom works full time, but her insurance and Medicaid wouldn’t cover this type of equipment for home use. HCCI was able to fill this gap and get Taylor a tricycle that was specially fitted to her needs and will grow with her for many years to come. Now Taylor enjoys riding around her neighborhood and is building strength and confidence as she does so.
Eric has very high frequency hearing loss and needed new hearing aids, but Medicare would not cover the cost. With some help from HCCI, Eric was able to receive the new hearing aids he needed. Eric is getting along great with his the new aids and his mom is thankful there was someone who was able to help Eric get the equipment he needed to thrive as a little boy.