Where to Sell Electric Wheelchairs

You have a used electric wheelchair that you no longer need, but now what? Whether you’re using a newer motorized wheelchair or the person who used the older one has passed on, it can be a good idea to sell the electric wheelchair if it is still in good working condition.

Selling Electric Wheelchairs to a Dealer

Our first recommendation is to see if a local dealer is interested in a trade-in or buying a used power wheelchair at a reduced cost. Sometimes they buy a motorized wheelchair for its parts. The amount they pay you varies on a case-by-case basis. Some factors include the age of the electric wheelchair, wear and tear, and if the model is still being manufactured or not. Use our dealer locator to find an authorized Pride® provider near you.

Selling Electric Wheelchairs in a Yard Sale

If selling your wheelchair to a dealer doesn’t work out but you’d rather not sell online, you can always do it the old-school way. Word of mouth and yard sales are alternate ways to sell your wheelchair that have been tried and true. It always seems that someone knows someone who knows someone that needs exactly what you’ve got. However, there are some precautions to take when selling your power wheelchair. This includes:

  • Making sure you receive payment first
  • If being paid in cash, studying the cash for signs of counterfeit notes
  • If receiving money through PayPal or other online payment services, log into your account to confirm payment by typing the address directly into your browser, rather than relying on an email confirmation that you have received funds

Selling Electric Wheelchairs Online

From Facebook Marketplace to eBay and Amazon, the options are endless when it comes to selling your used wheelchair online. There are even websites specifically for selling electric wheelchairs, like buysellwheelchairs.com. Each website has their own procedures and best practices for selling your electric wheelchair online.

Just like when selling a wheelchair locally, there are some safety precautions you want to take to make sure that you don’t get scammed:

  • If mailing or shipping an item to a buyer, make sure to pay for insurance and require a signature at arrival to have proof that the item was received by the buyer. Also ask for a photocopy of buyers ID and ensure that the recipient matches the name on the ID.
  • If you are receiving money through PayPal, ensure you meet the requirements of their seller protection scheme. This includes retaining proof of delivery that can be tracked online.

We recommend checking out the specific website that you want to use for resources on creating listings for the power wheelchair that you want to sell.

Donating an Electric Wheelchair

If you find that you’d rather pay it forward than sell, there are many organizations around the country and across the globe that would graciously accept a used electric wheelchair. We compiled a list of groups that would be more than happy to take and rehome a used motorized wheelchair. Check out our article on donating an electric wheelchair to learn more.

Information to Include When Selling an Electric Wheelchair

Whether selling or donating a power wheelchair, it is helpful to include the owner’s manual, which also contains your power wheelchair’s serial number. If you no longer have a hard copy of the owner’s manual that came with your electric wheelchair, you may find a digital copy online. Click here to view Pride Mobility Products® owner’s manuals.

It is also important to let the new owner of the wheelchair know its serial number so that it can be referenced if they need to call Pride or a dealer with questions about servicing or parts.

Finally, it is important to know that warranties don’t transfer when you sell or donate your used electric wheelchair. If you bought a warranty for your product and it is in your name, then it can’t be used by anyone else, even if the chair is no longer yours. The warranty automatically becomes void.

Where Can I Donate an Electric Wheelchair?

In recent years, selling and donating items we no longer use to consignment shops and charitable organizations has become popular. What happens when you have a used electric wheelchair that you no longer need, and you want to pay it forward? Whether you’re using a newer motorized wheelchair or the person who used the older one has passed on, it can be a good idea to donate the electric wheelchair if it is still in good working condition.

There are many organizations around the country and across the globe that would graciously accept a used electric wheelchair. We’ve compiled a list of groups that would be more than happy to take and rehome a used motorized wheelchair.

Donating to Veterans Organizations

Are you a veteran or have a heart for veterans? Although the Veterans Affairs Administration provides electric wheelchairs to some veterans, not all veterans are eligible. There are also veterans that may be waiting for a motorized wheelchair to arrive and can still benefit from a mobility device during that waiting period. There are many different veterans organizations in existence that accept wheelchair donations.

Donating to Non-profits

Non-profit organizations are as versatile as the people who run them. There are organizations that range from general non-profits to ones for conditions that cause physical disabilities. Maybe you or a loved one live with a specific disease or condition that prevents you from walking and you want to give others living with the condition the same freedom and opportunities that you had when you obtained your electric wheelchair. Some diseases and conditions have non-profit organizations associated with them such as United Spinal Association, the ALS Association, United Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy Association, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the CRL Good Life Foundation.

Donating to Senior Centers

Senior centers are focused on providing wellness services and activities for senior citizens. They typically rely on donations from a variety of funding sources, and in many cases, government funding. Because they rely on funding from outside sources, there isn’t always a lot of money available for centers to buy electric wheelchairs and other mobility aids. Donating a used motorized wheelchair to a senior citizen center can help improve the mobility of senior citizens who go to the center. The center may loan the power wheelchairs out for the day or even permit some people to take them home. It’s the gift that keeps giving!

Donating to Community Organizations/Religious Groups

Like senior centers, many non-profit community organizations also heavily rely on donations and may not have a lot of money to purchase electric wheelchairs. For example, a non-profit museum might loan motorized wheelchairs to visitors to use as they browse the museum. There are also religious groups and places of worship, such as churches and synagogues, that might like to have a motorized wheelchair or two for members of the congregation to use while on site.

When donating a power wheelchair, it is helpful to include the owner’s manual. If you no longer have the paper owner’s manual that came with your electric wheelchair, you may find a digital copy online. Click here to view Pride Mobility Products® owner’s manuals.

What is the Width of a Wheelchair?

When choosing the right wheelchair for your mobility needs, it’s important to choose a model that is the correct size for both your safety and comfort. Information like its specifications, such as width, height and weight are all necessary to consider, whether it comes to navigating through your home or transporting it in a vehicle. These factors, such as the width of a wheelchair, depend on the model and its intended use.

What is a Wheelchair?

A wheelchair is a device that aids in mobility. It is typically used by people who have a medical condition and have limited mobility.

There are different kinds of wheelchairs that serve people with a wide array of needs, from ambulatory wheelchair users to complex rehab wheelchair users. There are many ways to classify and categorize different types of wheelchairs. Sometimes they are categorized by the individuals they serve. Other times, they are categorized by activities they are used for.

Types of Wheelchairs

Power wheelchairs are joystick-controlled and typically used by individuals who cannot use a manual wheelchair or electric scooter. They are also known as motorized wheelchairs or electric wheelchairs because they are battery powered. Unlike with manual wheelchairs, a joystick is used to control the movement of the motorized wheelchair. Every power wheelchair has a base, which is equipped with four or more wheels that serve different purposes. Learn more about power wheelchairs.

With travel wheelchairs, travel is the name and portability is the game. They can either be manual or motorized. Electric wheelchairs for travel can be broken down further into two categories: folding wheelchairs and wheelchairs that disassemble. What makes them so travel-friendly is that they are lightweight and easy to transport.

Bariatric wheelchairs are heavy-duty wheelchairs used by individuals with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more. Bariatric wheelchairs are both wider and heavier than traditional wheelchairs for the purpose of accommodating more weight.

What is the Width of a Wheelchair?

Each wheelchair is unique, and its width depends on its function and purpose. For example, because they are designed to take up less space, travel wheelchairs are typically smaller than traditional power wheelchairs. The Go Chair® travel wheelchair has a width of 22.5″, compared to our other power wheelchairs which have widths between 22.75” and 24.5”.

Bariatric wheelchairs have a wider seat and base to provide stability for the bariatric patients that use them. To accommodate their users, these heavy-duty wheelchairs have a width between 24.25” to 29.25”.

If you would like more information on the width of our wheelchairs, you can look for a specific model and its specifications on our main website or you can find a document that contains all of our current models and their specifications in the Resources tab of our site.

Pride Mobility® Opens Subsidiary in Germany

HÖVELHOF, GERMANY – Pride Mobility Products® announces its newest international subsidiary, Pride Germany.

Although Pride has been providing products to the German market for over 20 years, the new Pride Germany is a stand-alone subsidiary. Located in the town of Hövelhof in central Germany, Pride Germany’s new facility features 16,000 square feet of space. In addition to a large warehouse, the building includes a showroom, training room, four offices, a repair shop and a technical service area. Twelve people are employed at Pride Germany.

            “It was in the fall of 2019 when discussions began between Scott Meuser, CEO, Chuck Finn, COO, and me about opening up a stand-alone subsidiary in Germany,” said Tim Murphy, VP of European and Middle East Operations and Sales at Pride Mobility. “We had to locate an appropriate facility, hire knowledgeable staff and create a top-notch sales force. It has been with much help from staff at Pride Corporate, Pride Netherlands, and our German management staff to see this come to fruition.”

Daniel Buck serves as the Managing Director of Pride Germany, a role in which he oversees all operations and manages the sales staff. Buck is a master of metal and has more than 10 years of experience in the mobility industry.

            “There are 83.1 million people in Germany and over 17.5 million are 65 years of age or older,” Buck said. “The number of people ages 65 and up is expected to double by 2029. The target of Pride Germany is to make the company the largest and most successful wholesaler in Germany, and to make the Pride Mobility and Quantum brands even better known. We will achieve this by our experienced team.”

            Pride Germany’s physical address is: Pride GmbH, Hövelrieger Strasse 28, 33161 Hövelhof. Pride Germany can be reached at info@pridemobility.de. Pride Mobility Products® Corporation is the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of mobility products. The Pride family of companies also includes Quantum Rehab®, a leader in complex rehab power chairs. Founded in Pennsylvania in 1986, with a customer-first philosophy, Pride has grown into a global company with distribution centers throughout the U.S. and subsidiaries around the world.

Travel

Access Aloha

414 Kuwili St., Suite 101
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
Phone: 800-480-1143
TTY : 808-521-4400
FAX: 808-545-7657
E-mail: hellerj001@hawaii.rr.com
Website: www.accessalohatravel.com
Access Aloha is a full service travel agency dedicated to accommodating the needs of the disabled traveler. The agency can arrange for special discounts for individuals and groups traveling to Hawaii. It also donates 50% of its profits back to the disability community.

Accessible Journeys

35 West Sellers Ave.
Ridley Park, PA 19078
Phone: 800-846-4537 
Fax: 610-521-6959
E-mail: sales@disabilitytravel.com
Website: www.accessiblejourneys.com
Designs accessible holidays and escorts groups on accessible vacations exclusively for slow walkers, wheelchair travelers, their families and friends.

ADA Vacations Plus/Medical Travel

651 NW 31 Street
Miami, FL 33127
Phone: 305-637-4777 or 800-778-7953
Fax: 561-361-9385
E-mail: vacationsplus@hotmail.com
This travel agency caters exclusively to travelers with special needs, their families and friends. It offers Dialysis Cruises as well as vacations with accessible assisted living, diabetic and oxygen vacations.

Alaska Welcomes You (AWY)

P.O. Box 91333
Anchorage, AK 99509-1333
Phone: 800-349-6301 
Fax: 907-344-3259
E-mail: awy@customcpu.com
AWY provides an accessible Alaskan adventure and escort service and will customize itineraries for travelers with special needs, including seniors, families, hikers, and disabled travelers. The agency evaluates the accessibility of travel-related facilities, transportation, dining, outdoor and sightseeing activities throughout Alaska. It publishes a “free” newsletter three times a year and an “online” bimonthly newsletter, ALASKA UPDATE.

Amtrak

Customer Satisfaction Service Center
Amtrak – 2W
60 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20002
Phone: 800- 872-7245
TDD/TTY: 202-906-2500
E-mail: access@w0.amtrak.com
Website: www.amtrak.com
Amtrak offers a 15% discount on the lowest available rail fare to persons with physical or mental disabilities. Official documentation of disability is required. Amtrak ticket agents can give further information about accessible services and suggestions for making an Amtrak journey as barrier-free as possible.

Beyond-ability.com

Website: www.beyond-ability.com
Beyond-ability.com makes tourism accessible by Informing and Referring Clients, Promoting and Advancing Tourism Business, and Training Industry Professionals.

Bike the Sites

Website: bikeandrolldc.com
Our bike and scooter tours are the most unique, dynamic and fun way to see Washington DC. Daily and custom group tours are available. Bicycle, stroller and electric scooter rentals are also offered.

Dialysis Traveler and Dialysis at Sea Cruises

801 West Bay Drive
Largo, FL 33770
Phone: 1-800-544-7604 
Fax: 727-518-7322
E-mail: dasc@dialysisatsea.com
Website: www.dialysisatsea.com
This service provides dialysis travelers, friends and family with travel opportunities, while simultaneously meeting their individual medical needs. Dialysis At Sea Cruises handles both medical and travel arrangements.

Endeavour Safaris

Website: www.endeavour-safaris.com
Endeavour Safaris welcomes you to see and feel Africa in ways that have rarely been experienced by wheelchair reliant people before. Their vision is to provide a way for physically challenged people to enjoy a real African Safari by catering to their special needs.

Fishing Has No Boundaries, Inc. (FHNB)

P.O. Box 175
Hayward, WI 54843
Phone: 800-243-3462 or 715-634-3185
E-mail: info@fhnbinc.org
Website: fhnbinc.org
FHNB is an educational, nonprofit, volunteer organization whose purpose is to open the great outdoors to all disabled persons through the world of fishing. It introduces educational devices to aid the disabled angler and, through its people-helping-people annual events, strives to create an atmosphere of friendship and camaraderie.

Flying Wheels Travel Inc.

143 Bridge St., P.O. Box 382
Owatonna, MN 55060
Phone: 800-535-6790 or 507-451-5005
TTY: 507-451-1685 
Email: thq@ll.net
Website: www.flyingwheelstravel.com
This travel agency arranges group tours and independent travel for the physically challenged. Flying Wheels states that their primary concerns are quality and personal service. The specialized facilities they provide are said to be geared toward individuals, rather than volume of customers.

Fun Cruise and Travel

Website: www.funcruiseandtravel.com
Specializes in all-inclusive Jamaica resort packages and cruise specials to your dream destinations on Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Celebrity and Norwegian Cruise Line. Accredited by (CLIA) Cruise Line International Association, Fun Cruise and Travel is a large-volume cruise and tour agency.

Greyhound Lines, Inc.

ADA AssistLine: 800-752-4841
TTD/TTY: 800-345-3109
E-mail: faresandschedules@greyhound.com
Website: www.greyhound.com
Assistance is available to passengers with disabilities when they travel within the Greyhound system. Contact Greyhound’s ADA AssistLine at least 48 hours prior to departure. Pertinent information will be obtained that will help Greyhound personnel to reasonably assist passengers with special needs.

The Guided Tour

7900 Old York Road Ste114-B
Elkins Park, PA 19027-2339
Phone: 1-800-783-5841 or (215) 782-1370
E-mail: gtour400@aol.com
Website: www.guidedtour.com
The Guided Tour is a program that offers opportunities for personal growth, recreation and socialization through travel.

Handicapped Scuba Association

HSA International
1104 El Prado
San Clemente, CA 92672
Phone: 949-498-4540
Fax: 949-498-6128
E-mail: hsa@hsascuba.com
Website: hsascuba.com
HSA provides recreational diving experiences for people with disabilities. HSA is an independent diver training and certifying agency. The diver education program and Instructor Training Course are said to be internationally recognized. Members receive an informative quarterly journal.

International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers (IAMAT)

417 Center Street
Lewiston, NY 14092
Phone: 716-754-4883
Fax: 519-836-3417 (Ontario, Canada)
Website: www.iamat.org
IAMAT provides medical care to travelers around the world, by doctors who usually speak either English or French and are medically trained in Europe or North America.

Leave It To Cleaver Huntin’ and Fishin’

PO Box 255
Dillsboro, IN 47018
Phone: 812-432-3024
Mark Van Cleave recommends outfitters, guides and equipment for the disabled person interested in hunting and fishing. This is not a guide or travel agency but a free service.

Luggage Forward

Website: luggageforward.com
Luggage Express picks up your luggage, including suitcases, garment bags, golf clubs, skis and other from your door and delivers it directly to your destination. No more sore arms from carrying bags, or waiting in lines for check in or baggage carousels. Luggage Express: the ultimate travel convenience.

MedEscort International, Inc.

1730 Vultee Street
Allentown, PA 18103-8766
Phone: 800-255-7182
Fax: 610-791-3111
This service provides medically trained individuals to travel with ill or disabled persons on a commercial airline or air ambulance. It is not a tour operator.

Office of Public Inquiries,

P.O. Box 37127, Room 1013,
Washington, D.C. 20013-7127
Phone: 202-208-4747
Many parks can provide assistance for those who have visual, auditory, or other physical limitations. Most have parking lots, restrooms, and other features that are accessible to disabled persons. The park service recommends that visitors inquire in advance with the Office of Accessibility to determine if the park meets appropriate accessibility needs.

Society for Accessible Travel and Hospitality

Website: www.sath.org
Society for Accessible Travel and Hospitality. Sath has actively represented travelers with disabilities since 1976 with the goal of promoting awareness, respect and accessibility for disabled and mature travelers and to educate the travel, tourism and hospitality industry on becoming more accessible for persons with disabilities. Sath works vigorously for the creation of a barrier-free environment throughout all segments of the travel and tourism industry.

Travel Turtle Tours

165 Inspirational Drive
Sedona, AZ 86336
Phone: 800-453-9195
E-mail: turtletour@aol.com
Turtle Tours is owned, operated by, and employs people with disabilities. Its accessible tours travel at the pace of the individual with disabilities.

Virgina Travel Guide for Persons with Disabilities

Website: www.travelguides.org
The Virginia Travel Guide for Persons with Disabilities describes the accessibility features of travel attractions, accommodations, activities and dining establishments statewide.

Wheelchair Getaways, Inc.

Website: www.wheelchairgetaways.com
Wheelchair Getaways, Inc. provides wheelchair accessible van rentals for people with disabilities in over 450 cities in the United States. We provide top of the line mini or full size vans. Available services for van rentals include: daily, weekly, monthly and long-term rentals, as well as delivery and pick-up.

Wheelers Van Rentals

Website: www.wheelersvanrentals.com
Wheelers delivers safe, reliable wheelchair and scooter accessible transportation by the day, week, month and longer. Our service is readily available at every major airport and metropolitan city within the U.S. We aim to provide quality dependable transportation with the best technology for your accessibility.

Wilderness Inquiry (WI)

1313 Fifth St. SE, Box 84
Minneapolis, MN 55414-1546
Phone: 612-379-3858 or 800-728-0719
Fax: 612-379-5972
E-mail: info@wildernessinquiry.org
Website: www.wildernessinquiry.org
WI is a nonprofit organization that focuses on getting people from all walks of life to personally experience the natural world. WI creates outdoor adventure for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. WI travels to more than 30 destinations by canoe, sea kayak, dog sled, horseback, and backpack.

US Department of Interior

National Park Service Office of Accessibility Phone: 202-565-1255 or 202-565-1256

Toys for Children with Disabilities

ABLEDATA

8455 Colesville Rd, Ste 935
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3319
Phone: 800-227-0216
Website: abledata.acl.gov
Comprehensive database of assistive technology and rehab equipment, and child appropriate toys.

Antoni Toys & Products for the Physically Challenged

PO Box 1662
University Station
Portland, OR 97207
Phone: 800-826-8664

Brennan Enterprizes

905 So. Perry St
Johnstown, NY 12095
Phone: 518-762-1045

Adapted toys focusing on children’s abilities.

Constructive Playthings
1227 East 119th Street
Grandview, MO 64030

“The Best Toys, Books & Videos for Kids”

Exceptional Parent Library/The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio
Phone: 800-535-1910 or 800-544-8697
A comprehensive guide to more that 1000 classic and new products and expanded chapter on adapting toys.

Communication Skill Builders

3830 E. Bellevue 
Tucson, AZ 85716
Phone: 602-323-7500
Publishes educational materials that aid children of all ages who have learning disabilities.

Crestwood Company

6625 N. Sidney Place
Milwaukee, WI 53209-3259
Phone: 414-352-5678
Catalog of 237 devices designed to assist children with communication difficulties.

Different Roads to Learning

12 W. 18th St, Suite 3E
NY, NY 10011
Phone: 212-604-9637 or 1-800-853-1057
Fax: 212-206-9329 or 1-800-317-914
E-mail: julie@difflearn.com
Website: difflearn.com

Discovery Toys

Phone: 800-426-4777
Offers toys, books, games and tapes through home demonstrations.

Flaghouse Inc

Phone: 914-699-1900
“Special Population” catalog offers equipment, games, recreational supplies and adaptive toys.

Fun-Attic, Inc.

3719 Jasmine NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Phone: 616-559-3642
Fax: 603-215-2856
Website: www.funattic.com

Funtastic Therapy

Phone: 800-531-3176
Catalog features toys, games, books, & educational aids for children with learning disabilities, ADD & developmental delays.

Handicapable Operated Play Equipment (HOPE)

Innovative Products, Inc
830 South 48th St
Grand Forks, ND 58201
Phone: 800-950-5185
Motorized miniature toy truck (Bigfoot). Allows children with motor skill development disabilties to control their own movement, improves coordination and visual skills.

J.A.Preston Corp

Phone: 800-631-7277
Catalog offers physical therapy, rehabilitation and special education products.

Jesana Ltd

PO Box 17
Irvington, NY 10533
Phone: 800-443-4728
Catalog features communication, recreation and adaptive devices for children with special needs.

Kapable Kids

Phone: 800-356-1564
Catalog offers products adapted and designed for children with special needs.

Kaplan School Supply Corp

Phone: 800-334-2014
Catalog of developmentally appropriate learning materials features and Early Intervention Classroom List, offering products that focus on special needs.

Lakeshore Learning Materials

2695 E Dominquez Street
PO Box 6261
Carson, CA 90749
Phone: 800-421-5354 or 310-537-8600
Fax: 310-603-2991
Toys that help kids learn about disabilities.

Move International

1300 17th Street, City Centre
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Phone: 805-636-4561

National Autism Resources

6240 Goodyear Rd.
Benicia, CA 94510
Toll Free: 877-249-2393 (Monday – Friday between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. PST)
nationalautismresources.com

PCA Industries

Playgrounds for the Disabled
5642 Natural Bridge
St Louis, MO 63120
Phone: 800-727-8180

Rich Rider Trikes

8131 Allport Avenue
Sante Fe Springs, CA 90670
Phone: 310-693-6372
Safe, adjustable, accessible trikes

Southpaw Enterprises

Phone: 800-228-1698
Offers therapy equipment for children with special needs.

Step N Go

Treadle Power,Inc.
6 Linden Terrace 
Burlington, VT 05401-4928
Phone: 802-862-2980
Fax: 802-864-6156
E-mail: info@stepngo.com
Step ‘n Go is a 3-wheel, step-action, self-balancing cycle which combines gentle weight bearing aerobic exercise with the excitement and fun of biking.

The National Lekotek Center

2100 Ridge Ave
Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: 800-366-PLAY
A nonprofit organization that runs resource centers across the country and offers extensive library of toys, adaptive equipment, electronic playthings, and books.

The Right Start

Phone: 800-LITTLE1
Catalog offers developmental toys, equipment & accessories.

Therapeutic Toys

Phone: 800-638-0676 
Toy Manufacturers of America
200 Fifth Avenue, Suite 740
New York, NY 10010
Information on labeling, safety features, and toy selection.

Toys for Special Children

385 Warburton Ave
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706
Phone: 800-832-8697
Offers catalog of toys, computer interfaces, switches & other devices for kids with disabilities.

Toys R Us

“Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids”
PO Box 8501
Nevada, IA 50201-9968 

Triaid, Inc

PO Box 1364
Cumberland, MD 21502
Phone: 301-759-3525
Offers the Terrier Tricycle for physically challenged rider.

USA Toy Library Association

2530 Crawford Ave
Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: 708-864-3331

W. M. Smith & Assc, Inc

PO Box 398
Ellensburg, WA 98926
Phone: 800-426-9460 or 800-443-SWIM
Offers water toys and handicap access for water recreation.

Woodset

PO Box 2127
Waldorf, MD 20604
Phone: 800-638-9663
Special playset for special people.

ZYGO Industries

Phone: 800-234-6006
A catalog of augmentative devices (i.e. talking boards) for children with special needs.

Toll Free Numbers

AMC Cancer Information Center (CO) (800) 525-3777

American Diabetes Assn. (VA) (800) 232-3472

American Kidney Fund Info (MD) (800) 638-8299

American Liver Foundation (NJ) (800) 223-0179

American Paralysis Assn. (NJ) (800) 225-0292

American Parkinsons Disease Assn. (NY) (800) 223-APDA

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) (800) 782-4747

Arthritis Foundation (800) 283-7800

Cancer Information Service (CA) (800) 4-CANCER

Children’s Hospice Intl (VA) (800) 242-4453

Chrysler Motors Adaptive Equipment (MI) (800) 255-9877

Cornelia de Lane Syndrome Fndn (CT) (800) 223-8355

Doubleday Large Print Books (NE) (800) 343-4300

ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult Career and Vocational Education (OH) (800) 848-4815

Financial Aid-Federal Hill-Burton Free Care Program (800) 638-0742

Health Line (800) CARE-NOW

HEATH Higher Education & Training for People with Disabilities (DC) (800) 54-HEATH

IBM Support Center for Persons with Disabilities (GA) (800) 426-2133

Independent Living Research & Training for People with Disabilities (713) 520-0232

Infants with Disabilities Info (800) 922-9234

Job Accommodation Network (WV) (800) 526-7234

Job Discrimination Hotline (DC) (800) USA-EEOC

Juvenile Diabetes Assn. (NY) (800) 223-1138 Library of Congress Handicapped Hotline (800) 424-8567

Lupus Fndn of America (800) 558-0121

Medicare/Medicaid Fraud, Waste & Abuse Hotline (MD) (800) 368-5779

MediGap Info/Health Care Financing (800) 638-6833

Multiple Sclerosis 24 Hr Info (NY) (800) 624-8236

Muscular Dystrophy Assn. (800) 572-1717

National Amputation Foundation (718) 767-0596

National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research (800) 266-1832

National Center for Youth with Disabilities (800) 333-6293

National Clearinghouse for Post Secondary Education for Individuals with Disabilities

(800) 533-9673 or (800) 321-8337 TDD

National Cystic Fibrosis Fndn (MD) (800) 344-4823

National Easter Seal Society (IL) (800) 221-6827

National Fndn for Wheelchair Tennis (714) 361-6811

National Head Injury Assn. (800) 444-NHIF

National Health Info Ctr (MD) (800) 336-4797

National Info System/Clearinghouse (800) 922-9234

National Neurofibromatisis Fndn (800) 323-7938

National Org of Social Security Claimants Representatives (NY) (800) 431-2804

National Organization on Disability (DC) (800) 248-ABLE

National Organization of Rare Disorders (800) 999-6673

National Parkinson Foundation (800) 327-4545

National Rehabilitation Info Ctr (MD) (800) 34-NARIC

National Spinal Cord Injury Hotline (MD) (800) 526-3456

National Spinal Cord Assn. (MA) (800) 962-9629

National Tour Assn. Hndcp Travel Div (800) NTA-8886

National Tuberous Sclerosis Assn. (MD) (800) CAL-NTSA

National Wheelchair Athletic Assn. (800) 574-1150

National Wheelchair Basketball Assn. (800) 257-1623

Office of Minority Health Resource Ctr (800) 444-6472

Paralyzed Veterans of America (202) USA-1300 Polio Society (301) 897-8180

Presidents Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (202) 376-6200

Shriners Hospitals for Children (800) 237-5055

Social Security Admin (All States) (800) 772-1213

Special Olympics Intl (202) 628-3630

Spina Bifida Assn. (MD) (800) 621-3141

The Living Bank-Organ Donations (TX) (800) 528-2971

UCPA Community Svc Division (800) USA- 5UCP

United Cerebral Palsy (NY) (800) 872-1827

Pen Pals

Children’s Hopes and Dreams Wish Fulfillment Foundation Pen Pal Program

280 Route 46
Dover, NJ 07801-3633
Phone: 973-361-7366
Fax: 973-361-6627
E-mail: chdfdover@juno.com
Matches special pen-pal friends to children ages 5 to 18 with any chronic or life threatening illness, condition or disability.

Discover A Pal

E-mail: anna@discovertechnology.com
The directory lists those with their world by communication with other persons, either with or without disabilities. 

MS Wellness Program

MS Pals
1451 Sandy Lane
Clearwater, FL 34615
E-mail: MSWellness@oznet.com
This is a pen pal program for young people who have multiple sclerosis and who are 25 years of age or less. The MS Wellness Program manages the information and contacts for young people with MS who express interest in the program. Participants use the mail, telephone or e-mail.

Pen Families: From Our House To Yours

7630 Lawrence 1187
Ash Grove, MO 65604
E-mail: etill@getonthe.net
This is a pen pal program especially for families of children with disabilities.

Spinal Cord Injury Association

In Touch With Kids (ITWK)
545 Concord Ave Suite 29
Cambridge, MA 02138
ITWK is a free program for children with spinal cord injury ages 18 and younger. Members receive a pen pal directory listing all the ITWK members and information on how to contact them.

Parents and Siblings

Autism Treatment Center of America THE SON-RISE PROGRAM at The Option Institute

2080 S Undermountain Road
Sheffield, MA USA 01257 
Phone: 413-229-2100 
Fax: 413-229-3202 
Website: autismtreatmentcenter.org

CAPP National Parent Resource Center

Federation for Children with Special Needs
95 Berkeley Street, Ste. 104
Boston, MA 02116
Voice 800-331-0688; 617-482-2915
Fax 617-695-2939
The Federation is a center for parents and parent organizations to work together on behalf of children (up to age 22) with special needs and their families. The Federation operates a Parent Center in Massachusetts that offers a variety of services to parents, parent groups and others who are concerned with children with special needs.

ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities & Gifted Education Council for Exceptional Children

1920 Association Drive
Reston, VA 20191
800-328-0272
E-mail: cec@cec.sped.org
Website: www.cec.sped.org
The Council for exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continual professional ERIC development, advocates for newly and historically under served individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.

Family Voices

Box 769
Algodones, NM 87001
Voice: 505-867-2368
Fax: 505-867-6517
E-mail: kidshealth@familyvoices.org
Website: www.familyvoices.org
A national, grassroots clearinghouse for information and education concerning the health care of children with special health needs. The Clearinghouse consists of collaborative efforts of families, a volunteer Coordinator in all states, 10 Regional Coordinators, and a small staff working in various locations across the country. These people work together to share experiences of families from across the country with the media, policymakers, health professionals, and other families.

HEATH Resource Center

American Council on Education
1 Dupont Circle, #800
Washington, DC 20036
202-939-9320
E-mail: HEATH@ace.nche.edu
Website: www.heath.gwu.edu
National clearinghouse on post-secondary education for individuals with disabilities. HEATH materials focus on a wide range of disability-related topics such as accessibility, career development, financial aid, functional limitations, independent living, severe or multiple disabilities, training and post secondary education, vocational education, and rehabilitation.

MUMS National Parent-to-Parent Network (Mother’s United for Moral Support, Inc.)

150 Custer Court
Green Bay, WI 54301
920-336-5333
For parents or care provides of a child with any disability, MUMS’ mission is to provide support to parents in the form of a networking system that matches them with other parents whose children have the same or similar conditions.

National Center for Youth with Disabilities (NCYD)

Univ of Minnesota, Box 721
420 Delaware St, SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
612-626-2825
The National Center for Youth with Disabilities (NCYD) is an information, policy, and resource center focusing on adolescents with chronic illnesses and disabilities and the issues surrounding their transition to adult life. NCYD produces a variety of publications, offers conferences & workshops, and provides resources for program information, training/educational materials, and technical assistance.

National Parent Network on Disabilities

1200 G Street NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 434-8686 (Voice/TDD)
E-mail: npnd@cs.com
The NPND is a not-for-profit organization which has established Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) located in all states and jurisdictions, which provide parents and family member groups with information, educational opportunities, training, supportive programs, and legislative information. Call for the PTI in your state.

Our Kids, LLC

300 Park Avenue, 
New York, NY 10022
Phone: 212-572-6233 
Fax 212-705-4242 
E-mail:info@ourkids.org
Website: www.ourkids.org

PACER Center

4826 Chicago Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55417-1098
Phone: (612) 827-2966, (612) 827-7770, TDD or: 1-888-248-0822 (nationally)
E-mail: pacer@pacer.org
Website: www.pacer.org

Shriner’s Hospitals for Children

International Headquarters
2900 Rocky Point Drive
Tampa, Florida 33607-1460
800-237-5055; 813-281-0300
Website: www.shrinershq.org
Shriners Hospitals for Children is a network of pediatric specialty hospitals, founded by the Shrine, where children under the age of 18 receive excellent medical care absolutely free of charge. There are 18 orthopedic Shriners Hospitals, three Shriners Hospitals dedicated to treating children with severe burns, and one Shriners Hospital that provides orthopedic, burn and spinal cord injury care. Shriners Hospitals are located throughout North America –20 in the United States and one each in Mexico and Canada. These “Centers of Excellence” serve as major referral centers for children with complex orthopedic and burn problems.

Siblings for Significant Change

105 E. 22nd Street
New York, NY 10010
212-420-0776
(Offers support to adults of autistic siblings.)

Sibling Information Network

249 Glenbrook Road U-64
Storrs, CT 06269-2064
860-486-5035
(Clearinghouse of information dealing with brothers & sisters who have a sibling with a disability. Any age. Quarterly newsletter, bibliography & listing of support groups.)

Sibling Support Project

Donald Meyer, Director
Children’s Hospital & Medical Ctr
PO Box 5371, CL-09
Seattle, WA 98105-0371
206-368-4911
(Peer support and education program of brothers & sisters of kids with disabilities ages 8-13 years of age. Also offers training and technical support for local areas to organize “Sibshops”.)

Winners On Wheels (WOW)

2842 Business Park Avenue
Fresno, CA 93727
800-969-8255
E-mail: wowtalk@earthlink.net
Website: www.wowusa.com
WOW is a non-profit organization for children who use wheelchairs. The WOW program is a social and recreational program to help develop youngster’s self-esteem and to encourage them to be independent. There are currently 57 active chapters (Circles) nationwide with one international Circle in South Africa.