The Duet Wheelchair Bicycle Tandem
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How to find funding for the Duet Wheelchair Bicycle Tandem or Orion Twin Tandem Cycle

*Please note the intent of this information is to provide tips and ideas on how to effectively approach potential funding sources as a guide that may assist you in your pursuit of additional funding partners. It is not a definitive source and cannot guarantee success. Rather, it is more of a starting point of a process that may be affected by a variety of local conditions and legal requirements by the funding source.

Many, if not most, of our potential customers lack the resources necessary to purchase the Duet Wheelchair Bicycle Tandem or the Orion Twin Tandem. Where should you start in order to find the funds necessary to purchase the Duet Wheelchair Bicycle Tandem or the Orion Twin Tandem Cycle and enjoy the outdoors like never before?

First, do not overlook organizations right in your own neighborhood. There are numerous civic organizations such as: churches, Kiwanis Clubs, Jaycees and Lodges that raise money for people with disabilities to purchase equipment you need. Have bake sales, spaghetti dinners, penny drives. The possibilities are endless! You’ll be pleasantly surprised how willing people in your own community will be to help you purchase this equipment.

Second, there are also a few Federal and numerous State agencies that will pay for all or most of the cost of equipment. In a large percentage of states there is a Medicaid Wavier program to purchase equipment that is usually not covered under Medicaid guidelines. Equipment such as bicycles and exercise equipment are products that improve the quality of your life but are not medically necessary.

Third, use social media! Create your own online fundraising campaign by using online funding sites. There so many now a days, do some research to figure out what forum you like the best. Here are some example sites: GoFundMe, YouCaring, Indegogo, Crowdraise, GiveForward. Once you’ve created your fundraising campaign, share it on your Facebook page and email it to family and friends. Make it go viral; this is the fastest way to spread the word!

Finally, there are hundreds if not thousands of grants available for people in need. We have listed some here for your reference. If the Duet Wheelchair Bicycle Tandem or the Orion Twin Tandem Cycle is the product you want but cannot afford, be proactive and reach out to these organizations! Make phone calls and/or write letters expressing how the Duet Wheelchair Bicycle Tandem or The Orion Twin Tandem Cycle will benefit your family. Don't be afraid to ask or be too proud because people truly are more blessed to give than to receive. Most importantly don’t give up hope!

When asking financial assistance to purchase the Duet or the Orion, try to include answers to the following questions:

  • Why it is important for you and/or your family to be able to get this piece of equipment?
  • What are the benefits to you and/or your family to be able to receive this equipment? It may also be a good idea to let the funders know the features of the Duet; like noting the wheelchair can disconnect from the bicycle and can be independently used not just aiding in recreation but the Duet is a fully functioning wheelchair as well.  Mention benefits on cycling, inclusion and physical activity whether it’s physical or passive recreation.
  • Why do you need financial help? For this last question, explain the financial hardship that results from spending extra money on a piece of adaptive equipment that is necessary in order to participate in recreation. Avoid including too many personal financial details.

If you should have any additional questions about the Duet Wheelchair Bicycle Tandem or the Orion Twin Tandem Cycle, please do not hesitate to contact our Product Manager at Mobility & Access, Inc. at this address or by phone at 844-562-8034 or 724-695-1590

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Friendship Circle of Michigan Friendship Circle of Michigan is a non-profit organization that provides programs and support to the families of individuals with special needs. In addition to assisting individuals with special needs, Friendship Circle brings together teenage volunteers and children with special needs for hours of fun and friendship. These shared experiences empower the children, our special friends, while enriching the lives of everyone involved. Learn more at www.friendshipcircle.org. Learn more about the Great Bike Giveaway www.friendshipcircle.org/bikes
Variety Club
Variety Club has been helping children in need since 1927, and it all begins with people like you. At the heart of Variety's achievements are the remarkable contributions of people in the community, and it is only through their time and effort that we are able to do so much for special children everywhere. Variety's impact is felt year round in the lives of children of each community where we have a local chapter. Each Board of Directors is made up of altruistic business men and women working at the grassroots level to bring money and assistance where it is needed the most. Because each chapter is the best judge of the needs in its own community, Variety encourages local chapters to create their own fundraising events and decide how to spend the money raised. http://usvariety.org
Ride to Give Ride to Give is a 501c# public charity that turns athletic ability into fundraising power for families with children who are disabled, injured or ill. http://www.ridetogive.com
Fund It Forward The mission of Fund It Forward is to ease the burdens of families with children with special needs by raising money for adaptive equipment not covered by health insurance. Families who have received help will in return raise funds for another family in need — FUNDING IT FORWARD. http://www.funditfwd.org
The Eric Fund A Washington, DC-based organization that purchases needed but often expensive assistive technology and equipment to help children and adults with disabilities live on their own terms in the community. http://www.ericfund.org
Sunshine Foundation Sunshine Foundation’s sole purpose is to answer the dreams of chronically ill, seriously ill, physically challenged and abused children ages three to eighteen, whose families cannot fulfill their requests due to financial strain that the child’s illness may cause. http://sunshinefoundation.org
The Dream Factory
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The Marty Lyons Foundation The Marty Lyons Foundation's Wish program for any child between the ages of three (3) and seventeen (17) inclusive who has been diagnosed as having a terminal or life threatening illness by their attending physician and confirmed by the Foundation’s medical advisors shall be eligible. Operates 10 Chapters granting wishes in 13 states: Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia. http://www.martylyonsfoundation.org
The Rainbow Connection The mission of The Rainbow Connection is to grant wishes to Michigan children with life threatening or terminal illnesses. A child must be between the ages of 2 ½ and 18 years old and be diagnosed with a life threatening illness. A licensed physician will verify the illness and refer the child for a wish. The child must not have received a wish previously from any wish-granting organization. The child must lives in the state of Michigan. http://www.rainbowconnection.org
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Dreamfit Dreamfit in Australia is a not for profit organization that is making dreams possible for people with disabilities through innovative equipment solutions. Our skilled and passionate team are committed to supporting people with disabilities to get out and try new activities, engage in their community and overcome challenges in their everyday life. Their unique service brings together knowledge, experience and skills from a diverse range of fields to provide the best possible outcome for our clients. We are committed to not reinventing the wheel, so we focus on providing equipment solutions that are not readily available, such as sourcing specialized equipment from across the world or custom designing and building equipment from the ground up. Dreamfit is dedicated to working with people with all types of disabilities, all ages and all levels of ability across Australia. http://www.dreamfit.com.au
First Hand Foundation First Hand Foundation is a nonprofit organization that helps children with health-related needs when insurance and other financial resources have been exhausted. Our mission is to directly impact the health status of a young life. Since our inception in 1995, First Hand has assisted more than 93,000 children in 73 countries around the world. https://www.firsthandfoundation.org
The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides medical grants to help children gain access to health-related services not covered, or not fully covered, by their family’s commercial health insurance plan. Families can receive up to $5,000 annually per child ($10,000 lifetime maximum per child), and do not need to have insurance through UnitedHealthcare to be eligible. UHCCF was founded in 1999. Since 2007, UHCCF has awarded more than 12,000 grants valued at over $34M to children and their families across the United States. UHCCF’s funding is provided by contributions from individuals, corporations and UnitedHealth Group employees. http://www.uhccf.org
The Suzy Foundation The Suzy Foundation specializes in providing support for the different aspects of special needs children to help them achieve their D.R.E.A.M.S. The Suzy Foundation hopes that you will D.R.E.A.M. with them and help special needs children make their own footprints in life’s journey. http://suzyfoundation.com
Kids Wish Network Kids Wish Network has been making dreams come true for hundreds of thousands of children all over the world since 1997. We are dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for chil-dren who are experiencing life-altering situations. http://kidswishnetwork.org
The Rebecca Melvin Foundation The Rebecca Melvin Foundation is a non-profit organization established in memory of Rebecca Theresa Melvin. The goal of the Foundation is to provide relief from the emotional, physical, and financial impact to children and their families that result from fighting chronic illnesses. The Foundation will accomplish this by providing an item of the child's or family's choosing. In the spirit of perpetuating Rebecca's selfless and loving nature, the Foundation will continue to seek out ways to better the lives of children with special needs in the community. The Foundation will hold a minimum of two events each year to raise the funds necessary to achieve its goals. http://rebeccamelvinfoundation.org
Lori's Voice Lori's Voice is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which was founded and established to help young people with disabilities. This organization evolved from Lori Hastings great love for children and the realization of so many chal-lenges young people face when living with a disability. Living with a disability herself, Lori understands the medical needs that are not covered by insurance. http://www.lorisvoice.org/



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