If you're looking for free wheelchairs in New York, we've got you covered!
This page is a complete resource for free assistive devices (wheelchairs, scooters, and more) and independent living resources in the state of New York.
Check out the resources below, and if you have a resource to add, please contact us!
Free Wheelchairs & Assistive Devices in New York
Adirondack Regional Technology Center
The ARTC is one of twelve Regional TRAID Centers (RTC’s) operating within the State of New York. The goal of the program is to improve access to, and acquisition of, assistive technology devices and services for persons with disabilities of all ages and all disabilities within Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and St. Lawrence Counties.
The core functions of the TRAID Program include assistive device re-utilization, device demonstration, device loans, and information dissemination and training.
Project Adapt is AccessCNY’s assistive technology lending library. The library’s large inventory serves individuals of all abilities. Families borrow items, use them and return them for others to enjoy. The library features a variety of items: Adapted toys and games to help children learn through play, while teaching and reinforcing developmental skills; Wheelchairs and walkers allow users the independence to move freely. A short-term loan can help a person with a disability stay in their home; Augmentative communication devices give people with speech difficulties the confidence and ability to carry on conversations with their family and friends and be part of their community; the library’s bike program allows children to experience one of the great activities of childhood. The program matches children with the bike that fits their ability whether a tricycle, recumbent bike or hand-cycle.
ADAPT Community Network
ADAPT Community Network is a participant in the New York State Assistive Technology Act Program (TRAID) as the New York City regional center for technology. They provide free assistance for all New York City children and adults; educating and acquiring Assistive Technology for them, allowing more independence in the home, school, workplace, and community.
They offer hands-on use of adapted toys and switches, adapted computers and peripherals, wheelchairs and inserts, augmentative communication systems, daily living devices, home, and workplace modifications, environmental control units, adapted telephones and much more.
Broome County Council of Churches
Broome County Council of Churches’ Ramp It Up Youth Mentoring Initiative is a volunteer mission to promote service, learning and community involvement for youth. Residents in need are provided easier home access, while the kids learn teamwork, community involvement, and pride, along with a basic knowledge of carpentry skills.
Equipment Loan Fund for the Disabled
The Equipment Loan Fund assists New Yorkers with disabilities to obtain adaptive equipment like wheelchairs, van lifts, ramps, communication devices and prosthetic devices. The Equipment Loan Fund allows you to borrow up to $4,000, with an interest rate of 4% and can be used to purchase wheelchairs, wheelchair van lifts, ramps, and adaptive equipment.
Independent Living Center
Provide device demonstrations, as well as advocacy, information, and referral to help consumers obtain their own devices. People may try out items while they seek funding to purchase their own. AIM does not provide financial aid.
Items available to borrow from AIM include wheelchairs, walkers, Rollators, canes, crutches, ramps, grab bars, Hoyer lifts, adaptive seating, shower chairs, commodes, wander alarms, weighted items, adaptive utensils, laptops, iPads and deaf and blind/low vision technology. We also have learning aids, toys, and games for early intervention, as well as pediatric equipment.
Northeast ADA Center
The goal of the Northeast ADA Center is to educate and empower the diverse range of ADA stakeholders throughout New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to increase their knowledge of the ADA, to support our stakeholders to include people with disabilities in local communities, and to implement the ADA in their own lives, workplaces, businesses and communities. They are a participant in the New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs's TRAID program.
Our Oswego County Ramp Program provides ramps for families in need throughout Oswego County. All of the ramps are built by volunteers and funding is provided through the support of individual donors and local businesses. To qualify for the program:
- You must live in Oswego County
- You must be income-eligible
- You must have a mobility impairment that makes it difficult to access your home
Regional Center for Independent Living
The Genesee-Finger Lakes Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities is an excellent resource for hands-on experience with and information about all types of equipment and assistive technology. They also have a free loan closet that is a free resource that enables people with all types of disabilities to borrow equipment and assistive technology for a limited time. People may use the items to sample while they seek funding to purchase their own equipment. RCIL also provides people with information on funding resources.
Southern Adirondack Independent Living Center
Southern Adirondack Independent Living Center is a participant in the New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs's TRAID program. SAIL provides loans of assistive technology and durable medical equipment through its TRAID/EI project. TRAID loans out all kinds of equipment for 30 days at a time and up to about 90 days. Borrowers have the opportunity to try out medical equipment just at the time they need it the most. Many TRAID participants have recently had surgery or an injury and they need medical equipment to be able to make their home accessible to them as they are healing.
Southern Tier Independent Living Center
The Revolving Door loan closet provides equipment to people with disabilities at no cost. This may include wheelchairs, tub seats and benches, canes walkers and various other types of equipment. Certain items may be given away to people while others are only available as a loan. Those in need of equipment can call to get more information and to inquire about the Loan Closet inventory.
The loan closet also accepts donations of certain types of equipment. Devices as simple as a walker and as complex as a voice-activated communication device are accepted as donations. The Loan Closet is a tangible way of lending a hand to the community.
Upstate Caring Partners, Inc.
Upstate Caring Partners, Inc. is a participant in the New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs's TRAID program. TRAID at Upstate Cerebral Palsy has a wide variety of assistive technology devices that are available for loan. Borrowing items from TRAID allows you to try items before making a purchase to ensure that the equipment meets your needs. You may also borrow items while waiting for funding for a new device or while yours is being repaired. Many items are available for short-term loans (up to two months) to help during recovery from surgery, while other items can be borrowed for an extended period of time (up to six months) on a case by case basis.
Westchester Institute for Human Development
The Assistive Technology Program (ATP) at WIHD consists of a number of services conducted by our multi-disciplinary team of professionals: occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, educators, and other specialists. Our team collaborates with individuals and their families, caregivers, teachers, and/or related service providers to identify assistive technology devices, adaptations, and strategies to improve mobility, communication, computer access, access to the school curriculum, or control over the environment.