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How Wheelchairs 4 Kids Is Helping Improve Mobility, Access, and Inclusion

Photo: Courtesy of J. David Wright

Wheelchairs 4 Kids is a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of children with physical disabilities. We founded the organization in 2011 after years of working with kids who were in chairs that were too small or falling apart. Something had to be done; duct tape can’t fix everything!

Wheelchairs 4 Kids provides wheelchairs, and home and vehicle modifications, as well as other equipment at no charge to the families. We serve kids nationwide with this program. 

Many children living with physical disabilities are in wheelchairs that are too small, in disrepair, or do not fit the needs of the child. Children outgrow their wheelchairs before government or insurance programs will allow for a replacement; typically 5 years. Not only is it unsafe for a child to be in a chair that is inadequate for their needs, but it can impact their health in numerous ways, including scoliosis, respiratory problems, and pressure sores. We also provide gait trainers, standers, therapy trikes, and so much more. 

In addition, families are trying to care for their special needs children in homes that have not been modified to meet their specific circumstances. We have done bathroom modifications for families who were bathing their teenage children in the back yard with hoses because they could no longer safely get their kids in and out of the tub. Every child deserves a little dignity. We’ve also built ramps, widened doors, and installed stair lifts.

We also believe that children of all abilities need to have a little fun! That is why we started our inclusion program called “Wheely Fun Days.” Currently, this program is only available in Florida, but we hope to expand it in the near future. 

Increasing inclusivity

The children we serve long to be just like other kids. Unfortunately, too often, they are left out. This often leads to isolation and depression. “Wheely Fun Days” allows our children to experience some activities and exclusive experiences that create memories that will last a lifetime, and help start a conversation with their peers. 

Our kids have had private parties with Winter, the dolphin with a prosthetic tail. They’ve gone to MLB games and Training Camp for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They have gone to WWE events and concerts. We have taken them water-skiing using adaptive equipment, zip-lining, and indoor skydiving. They have even played Sled Hockey with the Tampa Bay Lightning Sled Hockey team! 

Our kids are capable of so much more than even they believe. These events are not only fun, but are great for building socialization skills. There is nothing more impressive to their peers than hearing about their experiences meeting famous athletes and pop stars. It is a conversation starter — The first step on the bridge to friendship and inclusion is interaction and understanding.

If you know of a child that is in need of new equipment, a home modification, or wheelchair lift for the family vehicle, please reach out to us at (727) 946-0963, or at [email protected]. You can visit our website at There is never a charge and we are here to help!

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