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few of the organizations listed below. From Disabilityworld.org
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nonprofits providing handcycles & wheelchairs worldwide
Network of independent wheelchair-producing workshops in
"Through the Whirlwind Wheelchair Network wheelchair technology has
been taken to 45 developing countries ....Ralf Hotchkiss of San
Francisco State University has made it his mission to establish a
network of nonprofit wheelchair manufacturing shops in developing
countries." "All of WWI’s designs are placed in the public
domain in order not to add to the cost of village wheelchair shops
using these designs."
Date Started: 1989
Founder(s): Ralf Hotchkiss - Whirlwind Wheelchair
International (WWI) is a program of the Urban Institute at San
Francisco State University (SFSU)
Delivered: In the past 15 years over 200 mechanics have been
trained to build the Whirlwind wheelchair. Over 10,000 wheelchairs
have been produced, mostly in small workshop settings.
Other Info: WWI's primary mission is 1 to teach
wheelchair riders in developing countries to design, build, and
repair their own wheelchairs; 2 to enable rider/builders to
create businesses for the manufacture and distribution of
wheelchairs to others; 3 to foster the ever-widening
Whirlwind Network of rider/builders around the world who exchange
ideas for the continuous improvement of wheelchair design.
Discussion with founder
Whirlwind Women focuses on women with disabilities in the
manufacture, maintenance and repair of their own wheelchairs while
developing leadership and business skills and expanding the global
network supporting women with disabilities learning essential
See article on work being done: Current / Existing Testing
The Whirlwind wheelchair's design is the product of international
collaboration and is always evolving. The design is tailored to the
needs of wheelchair users - the wheelchair is inexpensive and
lightweight, it is built with materials available in most of the
world, and it can be ridden on unpaved roads and paths.
- ROC Wheels (Reach Out
Mobility and Hope For the World, One Person at a Time.
"Providing wheelchairs and other mobility products for people in
developing countries without regard to political affiliation,
religious beliefs or ethnic identity." "...special emphasis on
developing wheelchairs for children up to age 15 regardless of
their level of disability." "Our ultimate goal is to help people
help themselves." "It is one thing to give a generic wheelchair to
a person and another thing to provide them with the right
Date Started: Currently starting own production with design
created by Hanson.
Headquarters: Bozeman, Montana USA
Founder(s): Wayne Hanson and his wife, Lee, co-founded ROC
Distribution: Iraq, West Bank, Ukraine, Benin, Jamaica
Other Info: Built for about $150, but has features found on
$2,000 models" "The ROC Wheels Team will design and set up the
production process for the pediatric wheelchairs that are designed
specifically for the conditions of developing countries." "...When
we distribute wheelchairs, we work together with healthcare
providers incountry. We help empower them to continue to provide
the proper intervention for people in need after our distribution
[We] provide wheelchairs designed for the local environment, and
the training necessary for wheelchair users to live independent
lives. Worldmade is the Global
Wheelchair Service (part of Motivation UK).
Headquarters: Bristol UK
Founder(s): David Constantine
Distribution: Motivation is currently working in Africa,
Central America and Sri Lanka.
Other Info: "Worldmade is a global programme to supply large
numbers of appropriate wheelchairs, through a network of wheelchair
services all over the developing world" "The first Worldmade
wheelchair is designed for use in rural areas. It has three wheels
for stability and a large front wheel for rolling easily over rough
ground. It is made of durable materials and has been designed to
exceed ISO standards. Worldmade wheelchairs are mass produced by a
factory in eastern China. The parts for the wheelchairs are
assembled into boxes, and then the boxes are packed into a shipping
container. Motivation aims to deliver the wheelchairs for US$150
each. This includes the cost of production and shipping. Motivation
are committed to only working with manufacturers who observe
certain standards of working practises, and the first Worldmade
manufacturer has been audited by Kingfisher Asia."
"Our activities include the design and provision of low-cost
mobility products, capacity building and training with disabled
people's organisations and rehabilitation institutions, rights
based initiatives, employment programmes and community based peer
There will be a range of wheelchair designs suitable for
different environments and needs and they are to be produced in a
kit form and flat packed for ease of transport. WorldMade will draw
on the knowledge and experience ... gained since 1991. For this to
successfully happen we need to be able to document and share this
information throughout Motivation globally, with our local partners
and other NGOs. To do this we are setting up MIRO, the Motivation
Information Resources Office, and its aim is to incorporate all of
our know-how into searchable databases, accessible from anywhere in
the world. The information stored on MIRO is to be divided into
three key areas: Drawings Browser: Drawings and technical
information on wheelchair production Topics Database: Specialist
information on health education, workshop management and
fundraising Design Viewer: Information used in development
A unit with special seating - The Moti Activ offers good support
with minimal obstruction. The seating unit can be detached from the
chassis and mounted on to a variety of units, including a
snowboard! It can be used in three or four-wheel mode. In
three-wheel mode it can be used in an all terrain environment and
in four-wheel mode it is more maneuverable and therefore suitable
for children with the ability to self-propel.
Includes four, three wheel wheelchairs, tricycles (a frame which is
attachable to three wheel wheelchairs).
Romania [English Romana]
To initiate self-sustaining projects to enhance the quality of
life of disabled people.
A number of shops in Bucharest with a wheelchair factory planned
producing for Romania and potentially other countries in region.
Eligible for free if not receive from social services. Must
Date Started: 1993
Headquarters: Com Bragadiru, Jud Ilfov, Romania
Founder(s): The first team: Cristian Ispas, Nigel Garvey,
Barbara Rau and Richard Frost with the help of Motivation UK, and
Swedish partners from Radda Barnen and RBU Stockholm
Delivered: More than 300
Distribution: Throughout Romania
Other Info: Other services also performed by Motivation:
Rehabilitation, services for children, camp, adaptive sports, and
others. Funding from many sources.
- The PET
"The Personal Energy Transportation (PET) Project's mission is
to provide mobility for all of God's children in need." The
majority of the gifts of mobility have been the three-wheeled,
hand-cranked wheelchairs now affectionately called "PETs". "The PET
(Personal Energy Transport) was designed to restore mobility to
land mine victims and others, and to enhance it. It is meant to be
used as a vehicle for personal mobility, to provide physical
therapy and exercise, to serve the parent in hauling small
children, to provide the craftsman or worker with the means to
transport the tools of their trade, to carry goods and produce, and
to serve as a mobile chair or work platform."
Date Started: 1995
Headquarters: Columbia, MO USA
Delivered: list of shipments
Distribution: Worldwide, PETs are built in Columbia,
Missouri, US, from donations received. PETs are picked up and
shipped to Africa by Hope Haven in Iowa, US. PETs are distributed
by Samaritan’s Purse in Eritrea, Africa, in March 2005.
Other Info: Those who are presently lacking mobility have
great potential for regained self sufficiency and contribution to
society. The PET Project seeks to restore mobility to these
- Wheels For
"Wheels for the World is the overseas arm of Through the Roof.
We restore and distribute refurbished wheelchairs and other
mobility aids which are given to hundreds of people in Africa and
eastern Europe – allowing them a freedom of movement they
could only dream about and demonstrating the love of God in a
Founder(s): Through the Roof’s vision is to make the
Christian message of salvation through Jesus Christ available to
people affected by disability, by:
Distribution: So far: Romania, Albania, Kenya, Ukraine,
Jordan, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Tanzania.
Other Info: "Working in partnership with another charity,
the Inside Out Trust, we take wheelchairs no longer required by the
NHS to UK prison workshops for restoration to almost-new condition.
Prisoners find great satisfaction in this work which helps restore
their self worth and dignity. They recognise that immobile disabled
people are, in a sense, prisoners too. One prisoner in Parkhurst
prison said “It’s great working on something for people
who are worse off than I am. For the first time in seven years
I’m starting to feel good about myself.” We have
established good sources for wheelchairs, but we always have a
shortage of children’s manual wheelchairs."
- Wheels for the World, Joni and Friends
"Wheels for the World aims to meet the physical and spiritual
needs of the disabled around the world by providing wheelchairs and
sharing the love of Jesus Christ."
Headquarters: Agoura Hills, California U.S.A.
Delivered: Wheels for the World through the year 2005 has
distributed over 35,000 wheelchairs to over 70 countries and have
trained hundreds of ministry and community leaders, including
people with disabilities.
Other Info: "Dedicated volunteer Chair Corps Area
Representatives collect wheelchairs across the United States" "WFTW
currently restores wheelchairs in 12 prisons in 10 different
states. These prisons include federal, state, and private
institutions..." by specially trained inmates to a like-new
- Wheels For Humanity
People Helping People. "We refurbish donated wheelchairs and
hand fit them to children and adults with disabilities in
developing nations. We then partner with international health-care
organizations to identify those in greatest need. With a team of
volunteer health care professionals, each recipient is individually
fitted to the wheelchair that best fits their needs. "
Date Started: 1996
Headquarters: North Hollywood, California
Founder(s): David Richard started WFH in his garage in
Delivered: "Since 1996, Wheels for Humanity has helped more
than 31,000 people with disabilities in more than 61 countries gain
increased mobility and dignity"
Other Info: "Now the organization operates from a
10,880-square-foot warehouse in North Hollywood, California, where
a small professional staff and a large volunteer workforce of over
400 collect donated wheelchairs and refurbish them to suit the
needs of individual people with disabilities in developing
countries-people who would otherwise be unable to afford a
wheelchair. WFH is able to keep its costs at a minimum by securing
free shipping in order to send these refurbished wheelchairs to
"Turtle Will is dedicated to the improvement of the lives of
traditional peoples in Ethiopia, Mali and Niger in a manner
that is consistent with their traditions and cultures, through
locally driven projects that maintain choice."
Date Started: 1998
Founder(s): Irma Turtle
Delivered: 30 Wheelchairs
Other Info: Part of the Guardian Angel Projects, a number of
the most needy individuals have been provided with the African
tricycle wheelchair: Blue Tricycles from the factory in Niamey at a
cost of $250 per bike.
Without Barriers Foundation
New Mobility for Children and Adults With Disabilities
Date Started: Research on new three wheeled, multi gear all
terrain cycle ongoing with development of manufacturing facilities
Headquarters: Based in Vermont, with field operations in
India and Ethiopia
Founders: Robert Cowles
Delivered: The Ethiopia Mobility Initiative is a five-year
program to advance the goal of universal access to education,
training and employment for children and young adults with
disabilities including manufacturing facilities and training and
employment for disabled.
Distribution: India and Ethiopia
Other Info: The new designs are all-terrain, multiple-gear
mobility cycles that resolve many of the difficulties associated
with conventional push rim and tricycle wheelchairs." three-wheel,
multiple-gear. seat activated rear-wheel steering, good on uneven
terrain, reverse gear, increases range of travel, effective with
one arm, ergonomic means of propulsion and steering, improved
center of gravity, low cost in large production. Design drawings
will be posted in June 2006
- Wheelchairs For Iraqi
Brad Blauser: "This is just the beginning...With a population of
over two million in Mosul, I don’t think we’ll be able
to get every child a wheelchair, but I’d love to see as many
sent over as possible.”
Date Started: 2004
Founder(s): Brad Blauser, Major David Brown MD and members
of the 1st Brigade, 24th Infantry of the Stryker Brigade (known as
Deuce Four) out of Fort Lewis, Washington
Delivered: 36 children got into wheelchairs last year.
Other Info: Organizations which have helped in the past:
chairs manufactured by Colorado correctional system designed for
the dirt streets and uneven terrain of Iraq." Some of the chairs
have been donated by Wheels of Love, Wheels For The World, Joni and
Friends, Invacar, and Huguley Hospital just South of Fort Worth,
Texas and flown in by FedEx, Smile of a Child, and 101st
- Wheelchairs To
"Providing mobility to disabled Tibetans" "Kham Aid Foundation is
operating a major program to serve a neglected invisible community:
Date Started: 2000
Headquarters: Pasadena, California USA
Founder(s): Pamela Logan, Kham Aid
Delivered: From 2000 to 2002 we've given away more than
eight hundred wheelchairs. In addition, our volunteer experts
trained local officials and health care workers in how to fit
chairs to the needs of individual disabled people." Hopes to
distribute 200 chairs in 2005.
Distribution: Tibetans and other disabled people in Sichuan
Other Info: "Our team of 6-12 volunteer medical specialists
travels to remote towns and villages to deliver wheelchairs to the
disabled and, when possible, treat their disabilities." Produced in
local factories at reduced price of $100 with help of Chinese
partners. See source
PTs Play Key Roles in Wheelchair Donation for other charities
- Wheels of
Where There's a Wheel, There's A Way "...committed to meeting
the children's needs first, and then adult needs, no matter what
race, creed, or religious background."
Date Started: 2000
Headquarters: San Antonio, Texas
Founder(s): Toby Miler
Delivered: Russia, Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Alaska, Kenya,
Peru, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria
Distribution: WOL is building a wheelchair distribution
center and a learning center in Kenya.
Other Info: Part of their mission is to "...providing
medical equipment including, but not limited to, wheelchairs,
walkers, canes, crutches, etc>"
Improving the life of children with disabilities "...
wheelchairs are adaptable to growing children with a variety of
special needs and posture problems that make it difficult for them
to sit up in "off-the-shelf" wheelchairs."
Date Started: 2004
Headquarters: Missoula, Montana
Founder(s): Tamara Kittelson-Aldred and Rick Aldred -
Parents of a disabled Missoula girl who died just before her 12th
birthday in July 2001
Delivered: Shipments of wheelchairs scheduled for Lima, Peru
"The school's children range in age from 3 to 18. Some adults who
were former students afflicted with polio also will receive chairs,
Kittelson-Aldred said. The children who need the wheelchairs have
disabilities similar to U.S. children who have spina bifida,
cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy..."
- The Free
Wheel Chair Mission
Our vision: To deliver 20 million wheelchairs by 2010."
"...The first step was to develop the least expensive wheelchair
satisfying the greatest range of needs, and the second step was to
dispense the wheelchairs at no cost to the physically disabled poor
in developing countries on a non-discriminatory basis. The
wheelchair uses simple common parts, easily assembled with little
instruction, and the components nest together efficiently insuring
modest shipping costs."
Headquarters: Irvine, California USA
Founder(s): Don Schoendorfer
Delivered: over 130,000 wheelchairs have been delivered in
over 57 countries. See world map and statistics of deliveries
Other Info: "...Our vision has been implemented by
contracting with manufacturers in China..."
We've developed distribution partnerships with charitable
organizations so that wheelchairs can be given free of
"We encourage organizations to copy our design, or our passion.
...In essence, these are open source wheelchairs for the world's
Wheelchair Project - "A Gift of Mobility"
"With an average cost of 120 for a wheelchair and $160 for a
tricycle, SAP-VN has assisted many children who could not received
orthopedic surgery due to severe physical disability to become
mobile independently. With a wheelchair or a tricycle, these
children can go to school or work by themselves. "
Date Started: 1992
Headquarters: Garden Grove, California
Founder(s): group of young and caring professionals
Delivered: 286 as of 2003; 'Vietnam Summer 2006 Trip June
and July will deliver wheelchairs among other services'
Other Info: SAP-VN (Social Assistance Program For Vietnam)
is a non-profit, non-governmental and non-religious humanitarian
organization based in Garden Grove, California. ...SAP-VN's primary
objective is to provide direct relief to poor and needy people,
especially orphans and handicapped children, mainly in health care,
education and social welfare. All of SAP-VN's relief efforts are
carried out directly by SAP-VN's members (from the U.S.) and
associates in Vietnam.
Geoff Bone Wheelchair Project
Bringing the Gift of Mobility to the Disabled of the World. The
disabled of the world have a basic minimum human right to
DIGNITY. Translated to meaningful terms, that means the ability
to move around freely using a WHEELCHAIR.
Date Started: 2006
Headquarters: Bemel Hempstead Herts
Founder(s): Geoff Bone
Other Info: "Wheelchair specially designed by an MIT trained
engineer from the USA. It is in production NOW in China! Can the
world afford 130 million of these life changing machines. The
answer is a resounding yes ! It costs just £50 to manufacture
and deliver a chair to a disabled person in the Third World. The
factory can work round the clock and each Container filled with 550
Wheelchairs sent on their way non-stop."
Haven International Ministries wheelchairs
"... These wheelchairs are often the first step toward
independence and self worth to the recipient."
Date Started: First shipment 1994
Headquarters: Rock Valley, Iowa USA
Founders: Hope Haven International Ministries
Delivered: last update: As of end of 2008 total Number of Wheelchairs Shipped: 74,880 to 105 countries.
Other Info: "volunteers ...collect, clean, repair, and pack
donated wheelchairs and other equipment. They sort and organize
parts." For the past several years' volunteers have been involved
in the manufacture of wheelchairs as well. "Currently, there are 9
shops located in the tri-state area that are involved in this
process. These shops are located in Iowa: Rock Valley, George, Orange City, Ireton, Ft. Dodge and Sanborn;
South Dakota: Volga and Sioux Falls; Minnesota: Edgerton. We also have two shops located within the South Dakota prison system where inmates
volunteer their time as well."
- The Doit
Helping Costa Rica's Less Fortunate Help Themselves We want
to help those people who live in conditions of poverty, in the
first instance, by giving them the gift of mobility.
Founder(s): John Scheman (President)
Distribution: Guanacaste, on Costa Rica's Pacific
Other Info: Diary excerpt from only one day: "Eighty
volunteers gathered together to assemble 250 wheelchairs for the
Doit Foundation. These chairs where shipped from China with the
help of the Free Wheelchair Mission."
- Gemini -
A wheelchair for developing countries
SINTEF (The Foundation for Scientific and Industrial Research at
the Norwegian Institute of Technology) produces a functional,
hard-wearing, and inexpensive nonfolding aluminum wheelchair for
disabled people in developing countries.
Founder(s): Tone Oederud, Project Leader
Other Info: Cost: 1000 NOK (162 US$) It comes flat-packed
and is easily assembled with basic hand tools. "This low-cost
wheelchair is the result of collaboration between SINTEF Unimed
Rehab, Alu Rehab AS and The Mobility for All Foundation. In
addition, Norad has given financial support to the project."
"... Researchers at Alu Rehab are working on «prefabricated
packages» which contain technical equipment such as
wheelchairs, crutches and prostheses to countries that have been
hit by a disaster."
"We know that communities in developing countries do not need
all these experts coming in to solve their immediate problems. They
need to develop their own competence in order to achieve
self-management and it is very important that as many parts of this
chair as possible can be produced locally. It is just as important
to build up an infrastructure at the receiving end as it is to
deliver the product itself..."
"New Life Comes with each Wheelchair" "...It is the
Wheelchair Foundation's goal to deliver a wheelchair to every man,
woman and child in the world who needs a wheelchair. The Nevada
Chapter of the foundation is seeking contributions, endowments and
corporate sponsorships to help in fulfilling its humanitarian
Date Started: 2000
Headquarters: Danville, California with sites in other US
cities, Australia, Canada, China, Spain
Founders: Kenneth E. Behring
Delivered: Over 440,000 wheelchairs delivered or committed
as of June 2006. "...Rotary Clubs and Districts have become an
integral part of this distribution effort. Since March of 2001,
Rotarians have sponsored the delivery of over 70,000 wheelchairs to
more than 80 countries."
Other Info: "...nonprofit organization leading an
international effort to deliver a wheelchair to every man, woman
and child in the world who needs one. For those individuals, the
Wheelchair Foundation offers freedom, self-reliance, mobility and
hope." "We can purchase and deliver a wheelchair to our
distribution partners worldwide for an average of $150....The need
for proper fitting of wheelchairs for persons with special needs
and specific afflictions is very important. For this reason we
offer wheelchairs in varying seat widths. Our wheelchairs are built
in 5 sizes; 12, 14, 16, 18, and 20 inch seat widths. (The Wheelchair Foundation
- FODAC Friends of Disabled Adults and Children, Too
Since 1986 refurbished and distributed without charge over 13000 wheelchairs to disabled people without resources. Other sections of the organisation provide other types of durable medical equipment such as hospital beds, medical supplies, and equipment for disabled children.
Date Started: 1986
Headquarters: Stone Mountain, GA USA
FODAC has provided over 20,000 wheelchairs. The retail value of all medical equipment that has been given away now totals over 50 million.
Other Info: FODAC also repairs wheelchairs, provides vehicle lifts and home ramps to the disabled.
"FODAC provides over $8 million each year in equipment and services to the community at little or no cost to the recipients. FODAC is a 501(c)(3) and does not have direct funding from Medicare/Medicaid for the services offered. Most equipment is issued for a suggested donation but some services have mandatory fees.
Our Philosophy and Strengths: We provide home health (mobility and daily living) equipment to people of any age or any disability, temporary or permanent, for medically necessary and medically helpful reasons. These items are provided for a suggested donation. Clients do not have to qualify financially but our waiting lists place a priority on Medically Necessary and low income individuals."
- Variety International "Dedicated to improving the lives of children around the world". "Through our network of 50 Tents (or Chapters) in 14 countries, Variety reaches into communities across the globe to offer financial assistance and services to children and organizations that serve children with special needs."
- U.S. Variety We provide direct grants to children with disabilities.
U.S. Locations Map
Societies and Groups return to
- Handicap International (HI) wheelchairs &
The main organisations which produce wheelchairs are JRS/Mekong and
VI. Most NGOs purchase their wheelchairs from JRS/Mekong and they
distribute them for free to patients through the orthopedic
workshops or in the villages. HI produces a tricycle, which it also
distributes free of charge. Any wheelchair or tricycle repairs are
usually the responsibility of the patient. Crutches are also
distributed free of charge. These are either purchased by the NGOs
from ICRC or are produced by the NGOs themselves, as is the case
There are currently several NGOs running CWD programs. These
include ADD, AFSC, VI, the "Programme
- Foundation For
Spinal Cord Injury Prevention Care & Cure mainly wheelchairs and
Resources That Help. Provides information on resources
(institutional, medical, prevention, government), publications,
support groups, discussion, disability & sexuality, sports,
disability rights law, safety standards, organizations, gun safety,
vacations, adaptive technology, vehicles, home care supplies,
- ABLEDATA wheelchairs and
Source of Information on Assistive Technology
Extensive descriptive database on equipment and on wheelchairs of
all types and manufacturers including prices, contact, etc.
Sponsored by the National Institute on Disability and
Rehabilitation Research, U.S. Department of Education
ABLEDATA is a federally funded project whose primary mission is to
provide information on assistive technology and rehabilitation
equipment available from domestic and international sources to
consumers, organizations, professionals, and caregivers within the
United States." Sponsored by the National Institute on Disability
and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), which is part of the Office of
Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) of the U.S.
Department of Education.
Extensive database of products with descriptions, links and prices
including by not limited by the following categories: Architectural
elements, safety, assistive computers, educational aids, health
care, information storage, alternative and augmentative
communication, sensors and production accessories for sensory
disabilities, software, hardware, computer accessories,
environmental controls, amplification devices, classroom &
instructional materials, home management food preparation
housekeeping and furniture, daily needs home and office (physical,
educational, creative, athletic), seating, therapeutic aids
facilities & accessories, training, office equipment, tools,
walking and wheeled mobility (manual, sport, mass transit,
wheelchair, chair alternatives & accessories, carts,
- Paralyzed Veterans of
mainly wheelchair Association and topical news, events,
legislation, sports information
adaptive equipment Northeast Passage is an impact program
designed to improve access, independence, and quality of life for
individuals with disabilities. ... provides recreation
possibilities that offer mastery over physical skills and provide a
means to access sports and recreation and reduce stress.
Extensive resources and connections for just about everything
from accessibility, equipment, sports equipment, sites, events,
animal assistance, programs
Engineering handcycle and sports
Mobility Engineering designs and manufactures adaptive sports
equipment that opens up new adventures for disabled persons.
...build[s] human arm powered vehicles that will take where you
have never been before. Our products are unique not copies of what
everyone else makes.
- Green Cross
Social Assistance Program for Vietnam (SAP-VN)
- Creating Opportunities
with disabled people "Leonard Cheshire International is the
international arm of the UK registered Charity, Leonard Cheshire,
which is the largest provider of services for disabled people in
the UK. The international work of Leonard Cheshire extends to 57
countries worldwide and includes projects in education,
employment, economic empowerment, rehabilitation and day care
services, short and longer term residential care, and community
- Good Links
Page Very good list of Advocacy and Organizations, Industry
Suppliers, Tours by The Handcycle Store.
Societies and Groups (SPORTS)
USHF United States Handcycling Federation handcycles
Lists upcoming events (races) and includes qualification guidelines
2002 USHF National Points Series (NPS) Events & Qualification
Guidelines for World Championships
The International Human Powered Vehicle Association
all sorts of
human powered machines
currently including member associations in Australia Belgium
Denmark Finland France Germany Great Britain Netherlands North
America Sweden Switzerland is an association of national
associations and organizations, dedicated to promoting improvement,
innovation and creativity in the use of human power, especially in
the design and development of human-powered vehicles for anyone
worldwide, who does not have a national association.
Adaptive Adventures association
Adaptive Adventures mission is to identify, promote, and provide
progressive recreational opportunities for people with disabilities
and their families. "Our goal is to provide a comprehensive,
easy-to-use database that will connect disabled individuals and
their families to the organizations that provide equipment,
information, products and adaptive sports and recreation programs
to meet their needs and desires."
See Highlighted Activities
Cycling, paddling, water skiing
Organizations Database for particular activity either
internationally or by US state. Equipment database soon.
The Official Website of the National Wheelchair Basketball
http://www.nwba.org/ Teams, standings, bulletin board,
chat, resources, calendar of events, national championship
British Wheelchair Sport association
"WheelPower is the national organisation and charity for British
Wheelchair Sport. Sport is the medium by which WheelPower help
people with disabilities improve their quality of life."
Wheelchair Sports, USA
Wheelchair Sports, USA
Many useful Links including member organizations Contains Rules and
Standards for Wheelchair Sports
America's Athletes with Disabilities association
"Our mission is to promote and sponsor sports, recreation, fitness
and leisure events for children and adults with physical
disabilities. These events are held every year, across the country,
under the banner of the Victory Games. "
National Athlete Registry, Newsletter, Youth Program, Disability
Awareness Education Program
The National Disability Sports Alliance (NDSA) association
Calendar of activities, games, meets, competitions
The National Disability Sports Alliance (NDSA) is the National
Governing Body for competitive sports for individuals with cerebral
palsy, traumatic brain injuries and survivors of stroke. NDSA was
originally formed as the United Cerebral Palsy Athletic Association
(USCPAA) in 1987. As the National Governing Body for cerebral palsy
sports, NDSA is responsible for conduct and administration of
approved sports in the United States. NDSA formulates the rules,
implements policies and procedures, conducts national championships
in twelve sports, disseminates safety and sports medicine
information and selects the athletes to represent the United States
in international competition.
Wheelchair Sports USA association
Founded in 1956. Since the early 1970's additional efforts were
undertaken to organize Wheelchair Sports, USA, programs on more
local and regional levels throughout the United States. Today,
Wheelchair Sports, USA, is organized geographically into fourteen
regional associations, each responsible for developing local
wheelchair sports programs and for conducting qualifying meets for
the National Wheel chair Games. Recognition by U.S. Olympic
Committee in 1982. The WSUSA Junior National Championships, the
organizations largest annual event, was first held in July
Calendar of events, rules, records, directories, qualifying
Disabled Sports USA association
"Organization established in 1967 by disabled Vietnam veterans to
serve the war injured. DS/USA now offers nationwide sports
rehabilitation programs to anyone with a permanent physical
disability. Activities include winter skiing, water sports, summer
and winter competitions, fitness and special sports events.
Participants include those with visual impairments, amputations,
spinal cord injury, dwarfism, multiple sclerosis, head injury,
cerebral palsy, and other neuromuscular and orthopedic conditions."
Chapters found in many states.
World T.E.A.M. Sports association
World T.E.A.M. Sports brings individuals with and without
disabilities together to undertake unique athletic events
throughout the world to encourage, promote, and develop
opportunities in sports for all people.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) association
The International Paralympic Committee is the international
representative organisation of elite sports for athletes with
disabilities. IPC organises, supervises and co-ordinates the
Paralympic Games and other multi-disability competitions on elite
sports level, of which the most important are world and regional
championships. It is an international non-profit organisation
formed and run by 160 National Paralympic Committees and 5
disability specific international sports federations.
Disability Resource Directory directory
Disability Sports, Recreation and Leisure
Forums return to index
RESNA SIG 17
SIG-17 Special Interest Group on International Appropriate Technology
"...forum for persons who are actively interested in providing
appropriate rehabilitation technology and services to people in third world and other limited-resource countries.
Resource List An excel spreadsheet listing organizations and people working toward providing appropriate rehabilitation technology and services to people in third world and other limited-resource countries.
BikeSpeak Forum USA very active
Faszination Handbike Forum - German handcycles
Startrampe.net German Forum and Chat handcycles
Yahoo Groups - handcyclists · A Community for Handcycling
Links Pages return to
Faszination Handbike links
German and International including vacation, sports for disabled
and other links
Many Programs and Links to Disabled World by Spokes 'n
Links to Wheelchair & Equipment Recycling Programs of United
Disability Links for People with All Abilities
All Abilities Many
links in different categories. Worth looking at.
World T.E.A.M. Sports
Special links to other groups: Alliance for People With
Disabilities, American Association of Adapted Sports Programs,
Dwarf Athletic Association of America, Erik Weihenmayer, Foundation
for Spinal Cord Injury Prevention, Care and Cure, Handcycle
Friends, International Committee of Sports for the Deaf,
International Paralympic Committee, Landmine Survivors Network,
Miracle Marathon, National Center for Physical Activity and
Disability, Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport
in Society, United States Association of Blind Athletes, United
States Deaf Sports Federation, United States Disabled Athletes
Fund, United States Handcycling Federation, United States Sports
and Fitness Center for the Disabled, Women's Sports Foundation,
Wheelchair Sports, USA
Access Services Org
"Our vision for people with developmental
disabilities is that they have the opportunity to be active
members of their local neighborhoods, to work, belong and
contribute to their communities." Although a regional organization,
has many useful links nationally U.S.
Newsletters return to index
Disability World all
A bimonthly web-zine of international disability news and
"The web-zine is the heart of a larger project, IDEAS for the New
Millennium, funded in 1999 by the National Institute on Disability
and Rehabilitation Research as a five-year project. "
Others of Interest We Have Run
Across return to index
Institute for Independent Living mainly
General help for independent living & wheelchair design and
"...serve[s] self-help organizations of disabled people who work
for equal opportunities, self-determination and self-respect. ...
offer[s] training materials, technical assistance and information
on personal assistance, advocacy, access, legislation and peer
Manufacturing assistive devices in developing countries
Describes a booklet which "with four year's support from
Appropriate Technology International and the assistance of
wheelchair builders in over 20 countries, Ralf Hotchkiss has
designed a sturdy wheelchair that is ten pounds lighter than
similarly featured commercial models. It can be manufactured
locally by small groups of skilled mechanics in areas with access
to thinwall steel tubing and simple welding equipment. It costs
approximately $80 (U.S.) for materials plus the cost, with
overhead, of less than a week's work by a skilled mechanic. This
book contains detailed instructions for making the ATI-Hotchkiss
Torbellino wheelchair, plus detailed information on the
establishment and operation of the successful small businesses
which have manufactured and sold the Torbellino wheelchair."
Online Community Resources Directory
Resources by State, Information and resources for all disabilities, resources compiled by the Missouri Model Spinal Cord Injury System (MOMSCIS) staff.
http://www.disabilityresources.org/" class="small">Disability Resources On the Internet
Thousands of the best disability resources on the Internet by subject, and resources for each U.S. state. Impressive directory. Plus FAWs, publications, listing of the most popular pages, etc. Check it out [editor].
Ableize UK Disability Resources
Disability Directory of Disabled Information aids and Mobility Services Owned and run by people with disabilities. Most listings in UK but links in other countries also listed.
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