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Special Needs & Rhoades Car


Don’t you love it when you create something and it ends up providing a new solution in addition to what you originally created it for?  Or when you finish a project and you look back and see how rewarding it was to see the fruit it produced?  As we’ve seen Rhoades Car move into different markets and offer a healthier lifestyle to individuals, families, and work-style to corporations, we’ve also seen how it can help and increase a positive outlook on life with young and old individuals with all different types of special needs.  It’s the most rewarding feeling when you get to hear from family members or parents of how a Rhoades Car has or could really help their special needs family member either get outdoors more and/or feel like they’re actually contributing to an activity with others.

With four wheels, two seats, and the open road, everyone can enjoy it.  It shouldn’t matter if you have something physically holding you back, you deserve some excitement and enjoyment on the road.  Rhoades Cars have a unique experience that allow you to ride on a stable quadricycle, sit on a comfortable seat, and either participate in the pedaling or not, it’s totally up to you.  Rhoades Cars also can be customized the person’s special needs to help them better enjoy and participate.  We recently had a customer request to have foot straps on the passenger’s right side as well as a seat belt.  This particular customer’s wife had had a stroke and they were both eager to get back out together and exercise.  Since they were both once avid cyclists, this was the best way for them to get back to an activity they enjoyed and could do it together.  That’s where we love to be able to customize is when a customer has a specific need, we have a specific answer.

As we’ve noted in a recent blog, one very important advantage Rhoades Cars have is the side-by-side seating.  Much different than a tandem experience, with our recumbent seating style, you really get to sit comfortably while engaging in communication with the person next to you.  It’s very similar to a vehicle so it combines the cycling experience of pedals with the seating experience of a car.

A few weeks ago we shipped a custom-made Rhoades Car to a developmental achievement center which specializes in helping adults with disabilities become as independent as possible.  This particle model had a specialized trailer on it with stable foot plates (and foot straps),a swivel seat, and a seat belt.  Since some of their adults could not participate in the cycling aspect, this allows them to go on the ride with others and still be able to enjoy the outdoors with everyone else in a stable and comfortable manner.  The trailer was specifically for someone to enjoy a ride outdoors and be able to take in the sights and sounds of nature during a ride.  We also have customers who suffer from diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, where their Rhoades Car has tremendously changed not only their outlook on life, but in some ways increased their quality of living.

Rhoades Car’s owner, William Horton, has a special place in his heart for helping those with special needs or physical illness.  William suffered a brain-stem stroke in December of 2006.  “If I could have had a Rhoades Car during my recovery, to enjoy time with my wife and kids, it would have been a game-changer.”  This was a strong feeling that contributed to Mr. Horton’s drive behind purchasing the company in 2015.  That same feeling and want to help those who may be suffering from various hardships, continues through Rhoades Cars today.

We have numerous customers and inquiries every week from parents who are interested in providing a better atmosphere for their kids.  From autistic to blind or vision-impaired to down syndrome, a Rhoades Car allows them to participate in a healthy and fun cycling exercise and depending on their level of engagement, can actually pedal or steer the bike.  Nothing else allows them the freedom to enjoy time with others outdoors AND get a great exercise.

We love hearing these stories from our customers.  We realize what we get to do is make a product that not only brings joy to so many for being able to be just like everyone else, but it brings back a simple pleasure that so many of us take for granted everyday, which is being able to enjoy being around the people we enjoy and love the most.  Whether it’s a family member with special needs or someone who has suffered from a life-altering disease or illness, we enjoy providing a customized product that helps fight against the mental and physical hardships that come with special needs and disabilities.  Here at Rhoades Car we consider it a privilege to partner with families and individuals to help bring smiles and joy to everyone, no matter what life throws at them.

Have a story you’d like to share?  We’d love to hear it!  Please email us at support@rhoadescar.com