Device Reutilization is the refurbishment, recycling and/or repair of
assistive technology devices.
The IndependenceFirst Mobility Store
(exit DHS) contracts with WisTech to provide recycled, repaired and
cleaned wheelchairs, mobility devices and other durable medical
equipment such as hospital beds, lifts and bath equipment, for a nominal
The IndependenceFirst Mobility Store (formerly called the
Wheelchair Recycling Program, or WRP) was a recipient of the 2006
Partnership Award from the Mutual of America Foundation (exit
DHS). The program was recognized for its important work in the
community and its
partnerships with the Department of Corrections and Wisconsin's Independent
Living Centers. In 2012, the WRP was acquired by the Independent
Living Center IndependenceFirst and its name was changed to The
IndependenceFirst Mobility Store.
Recycled equipment is low-cost alternative to new equipment
for anyone, but it provides a unique opportunity to acquire equipment for
people who need back-up equipment and who are not covered by Medicaid,
Medicare or another insurance program.
The IndependenceFirst Mobility Store maintains an online inventory of
http://www.ifmobility.org/ and operates storefronts in Madison and Milwaukee. The
program will work with independent living centers,
Aging and Disability Resource Centers and county human services and
aging offices to make equipment available to consumers.
Device Reutilization is one of the State Level activities funded through the
AT Act of 1998, as amended.
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January 13, 2014