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The Worlds Wheelchair Culture
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Free Wheelchair Mission
Don Schoendorfer, founder of Free Wheelchair Mission
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PLAN
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. The average cost in 2004 to manufacture, ship and distribute a wheelchair was $41.17. An extraordinarily modest investment of $41.17 provides mobility, restores dignity, and gives someone and the associated family a chance for a better life. Assembly Instructions.

http://www.freewheelchairmission.org/index.html

VISION
In wealthy countries, a disabled person can get a wheelchair, however, there are over 100,000,000 disabled adults and children for whom the dream of a wheelchair is worlds beyond their expectations. They live without this basic form of mobility by crawling through life or waiting for a loved one to carry them to fulfill the simplest of needs--the disabled and the family members are thereby restricted from a full life.

GET INVOLVED
This distribution chain is funded totally through donations from individuals, foundations, and grants. Our commitment to the vision is constantly enhanced by the astounding stories of life change in recipients and donors. We are building a stronger organization every month with tight control on overhead costs, and strong emphasis on quality control of the wheelchair. We also utilize an army of talented volunteers offering business expertise in numerous areas.

Please visit our Ways To Help Page for some creative ideas and stories. Sign up for our Friday Wheelchair Story by Clicking here and filling out the form at the bottom of the page. Each week we will send you a short story of one of small miracles that a wheelchair produces in the life of the recipient.