Devices for the Disabled Recycles Medical Devices to Those in Need

Photo courtesy of the Patch. Bob Shea (left), along with Paula and Ryann of North Side Housing, recently helped Teddy replace his broken wheelchair with one that is fully functional, for free. Teddy is a double amputee who had been using a wheelchair that was held together with tape.

Grantee Devices 4 the Disabled started about three years ago and has now expanded, in part with a grant from The Coleman Foundation. D4D collects gently used medical devices — wheelchairs, walkers, specialty equipment etc. and distributes them to anyone in need for free. Located on Chicago’s South Side, the recent expansion includes a partnership and facility to provide services for children with disabilities and a repair shop for medical equipment.

Devices 4 the Disabled – D4D was founded in 2015 when Ed Kane and Bob Shea, both of whom were affected by neurological disorders that left them wheelchair-reliant at one point or another, were moved by how difficult it was for those in need to get the medical equipment necessary for day-to-day living.


Watch this interview with Ed Shea on The U. 


And this heart-warming story on WCIU TV


Listen to this interview on WGN radio


Daily Herald: Devices 4 the Disabled Provides Life-Changing Medical Equipment for People in Need. (note article has a pay wall)

The Patch – giving Tuesday feature on D4D

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