Wheelchairs 4 Kids Helps Children with Spinal Cord Injuries

As a parent, it can be challenging to provide for your family the things they need to learn, grown, and be successful. This challenge becomes more difficult when one of your children suddenly finds themselves facing a life-altering situation from a neurological health condition, a spinal cord injury (SCI), or a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Due to their limited mobility, children with spinal cord injuries often find themselves requiring the use of a wheelchair or other accessibility equipment. And, as they grow, children with spinal cord injuries will end up outgrowing their Medicaid-provided wheelchair and will require a new one before Medicaid or other insurers will allow for a replacement. However, as a parent, you may not be able to afford such specialized equipment when you are struggling with the bills that resulted from their spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury.

At Spinal Cord, we are here to inform you about resources and information that you can use to help your family — particularly your young TBI or spinal cord injury survivor. This is why we want to call particular attention to a national organization, Wheelchairs 4 Kids, which works to help our nation’s youths with mobility issues in their time of need.

What is Wheelchairs 4 Kids?

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Wheelchairs 4 Kids is a national non-profit organization that is dedicated to improving the lives of children with physical disabilities who have limited mobility. The organization provides various forms of mobility assistance, including:

  • Specialized wheelchairs,
  • Gait trainers and therapy trikes,
  • Hoyer lifts,
  • Bathing solutions,
  • Home accessibility remodels and updates (such as building ramps and installing handrails in bathrooms), and
  • Wheelchair lifts and carriers for vehicles (depending on the type of vehicle).

Who Can Receive Assistance from Wheelchairs 4 Kids

The organization is dedicated to helping children under 21 years of age who have received a mobility diagnosis. Each child can make one request for assistance every two years (up to three times total).

In addition to providing wheelchairs, equipment, and other physical assistance, the organization also plans and holds special events. For example, several kids were able to visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp, attend a Tampa Bay Rays game, and meet WWE superstar Titus O’Neil.

The organization, which was founded in 2011, served 109 kids with disabilities in 2017 alone. By the end of October 2018, organization representatives estimate that the nonprofit will have served 500 kids in all.

To learn more about Wheelchairs 4 Kids or to get involved with the organization as a sponsor or donor, be sure to visit their website and connect with them on Facebook

We know that it's difficult caring for a child with a spinal cord injury. However, it's important to remember that you're not alone. We've put together a complimentary resource for you and other parents of children with spinal cord injuries, which you can download by clicking on the link below.

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury, Injury Support & Groups, Resources, Traumatic Brain Injury

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