I have a motorized wheelchair that I no longer have use for. Where can I donate it to someone who needs it?

: I have a motorized wheelchair that I no longer have use for. Where can I donate it to someone who needs it?
Beth Mineo
 
There are likely many people in need of a wheelchair who would be grateful to receive yours. My best suggestion to you would be to list your item on the AT Exchange, a free service offered by the Delaware Assistive Technology Initiative. The AT Exchange works like a “want ads” for durable medical equipment and assistive technology products, putting people with equipment they no longer need in touch with individuals seeking that equipment as a donation or at a cost greatly reduced from retail. The AT Exchange also enables people to post their equipment needs, which often jogs the memory of others who have that very product sitting in storage or in their garage. Last year the AT Exchange saved Delawareans with disabilities more than $63,000!

Given the customized nature of many power chairs, it will be important to detail as many characteristics of your chair as you can in the listing. Interested parties will contact you—or can go through a DATI intermediary, if you prefer—and the eventual exchange will take place directly between you and the lucky person who will benefit from your generosity. To learn more about how the exchange works, visit their FAQ. You can either enter a listing yourself by registering as an AT Exchange user, or contact Sandy Walls at (302) 856-7946 or swalls@udel.edu, and she will help you with the listing.
 Beth Mineo