A program to help kids safely participate.

Imagine not being able to get up and go wherever and whenever you wanted, especially as a family unit. Nothing in life could be spontaneous or unplanned. Unfortunately for families we’re helping, this is often their reality.

For kids that use a wheelchair, the equipment can be very heavy (especially for parents); it usually does not break down to fit easily in a car; it can be unsafe in large crowds, especially to maneuver; or it can restrict where a child is able to go. For many kids that only have a wheelchair, it means missing out on events in the community, or not being with family and friends.

For other kids that are considered “runners” or “elopers”, it becomes unsafe when they go out in the community because they’re not aware of their surroundings, and this causes many families to feel trapped for fear of going outside their house.

An adaptive strollers can fill the gap for all the times when you need a simpler way to get around and to ensure safety. Without it, many families are isolated, and kids are left out or left behind.

 

Go Anywhere, Together

In November 2014, Variety unveiled its My Stroller® Program to provide children with disabilities on-the-go mobility and the chance to participate in daily activities in the community. Every adaptive stroller is individually customized for each child. They are light weight at 29 lbs, can easily fold-up and fit into a car trunk, provide increased safety for the child (especially in crowds), allow for easier mobility, and have an immediate impact for families.

Is Your Child Eligible?

Variety’s My Stroller Program is designed for children and youth who have a documented disability; reside in Variety’s 71-county service area; are 3 through 21 years of age; meet the income guidelines; as well as the other eligibility requirements outlined in the application.

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