University rolls out adaptive trike program

Thursday, October 20, 2016

BILLINGS, Mont. – The University of Montana has launched a new statewide program aimed at encouraging those with paralysis, other disabilities and chronic diseases to engage in more physical activity. The program, called “Wheels Across Montana,” loans adaptive tricycles to disabled Montanans, such as 4-year-old Libby Certain, who was born with cerebral palsy. The program received a $75,000 grant from the Dana and Christopher Reeve Foundation, helping it to form a fleet of about 20 tricycles, which are low to the ground, easy to mount and pedal, and come with handles for parents or caregivers. "This grant will offer greater independence to individuals with paralysis and provide our community with services that truly enhance all our lives," said Mindy Renfro, principal investigator with MonTECH, which is running the program, in a release.