Monday, January 03, 2005

Help increase mobility and increase independence

Sometimes, it doesn't take much for a person with atypical mobility to be independent, and contribute to society. Often, all it takes is a wheelchair, a walker or a cane. To learn more, read personal stories about the positive difference mobility equipment can make. Note that the need for wheelchairs and other equipment is higher because of the recent Indian Ocean Tsunami. Here are three ways you can help:

* The Mobility Project accepts donated mobility equipment (including wheelchairs, walkers, canes, and crutches) which they refurbish, and deliver to people all over the world. They also provide "sports programs for the disabled, to help them achieve greater confidence and health as well as ability with their mobility equipment" and they've "established wheelchair repair and refurbishing workshops in some of the countries where we work, [which provide] an opportunity for the disabled people in that area to learn valuable job skills as they work on the chairs." Click here to donate.

* Wheels for Humanity will recycle you donated wheelchair, deliver and personally fit it, at no cost, to children and adults in developing countries. In eight years, they've delivered over 21,000 chairs to people in over 50 countries. They also accept other ambulatory equipment. Click here to get more information and donate.

* The Wheelchair Foundation has donated or committed over 300,000 wheelchairs to people in 129 countries. If you donate $75, they will provide matching funds and deliver a wheelchair to a child, teen or adult without mobility,

Do you have a cane, wheelchair, walker or crutches gathering dust? Put it to work! Help someone increase their mobility and increase their independence. Most contributions are tax-deductible. Donate today!

1 comment:

Karama said...

You can also donate to Limbs for Life. They operate the World Limb Bank which collects used prostheses, and donates them to amputees all over the world. All contributions are tax exempt.