This page is a complete resource for free assistive devices (wheelchairs, scooters, and more) and independent living resources in the state of Pennsylvania.
Check out the resources below, and if you have a resource to add, please contact us!
Free Wheelchairs & Assistive Devices in Pennsylvania
Abilatools is an incorporated non-profit registered in Pennsylvania but not yet a 501(c)3. They are making free advertising more easily available to people who want to give free lightly used aids, tools, and services to help those in need of them. They are disabled, elderly and recovering patients in Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties of Pennsylvania.
2. Alleghenies United Cerebral Palsy
Alleghenies United Cerebral Palsy (AUCP) is a 501c3 and nationally affiliated organization (EIN: 20-4215170) that provides in-home Service Coordination / Case Management services. They also provide information to help people get assistive technology devices and Durable Medical services. Assistive Technology or adaptive equipment can be used to alleviate barriers that prevent individuals from living independently.
They can help people with disabilities connect to the local and state funding resources available to Pennsylvania residents.
3. Center for independent living of north-central Pennsylvania
CILNCP is the local outreach partner of the statewide program known as Technology for Our Whole Lives, (TechOWL). Other PA county residents can check TechOWL’s List of ATRCs that serves their county. TechOWL is the Commonwealth’s Assistive Technology Act Program and is funded through state and federal grants.
“Try before you buy” – The Lending Library allows you to try a device for free for a limited time (typically 4-6 weeks) to find out if that device can help you before you buy it! If needed, you can try out many different devices. You can also use the Lending Library to get a ‘loaner’ device while your own is being repaired.
4. Community Living and Support Services
Similar to the Used Equipment Exchange Program offered by TechOWL, the Good Use Program allows individuals to donate or obtain gently used assistive technology devices. Through this program, Pennsylvania residents who may not have the funds necessary to acquire assistive technology are able to get the equipment for little to no cost. Acquiring these devices may allow people to live, work, or play as independently as possible in the communities of their choice.
5. Community Resources for Independence, Inc.
Pennsylvania’s Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT) is a statewide program whose goal is to assure a system of easy access to Assistive Technology (AT) to all Pennsylvanians with disabilities. Community Resources for Independence is one of PIAT’s Assistive Technology Resource Centers (ATRCs) and serves Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Mercer, Venango, and Warren counties. Programs include Assistive Technology Lending Library, Telecommunication Device Distribution Program, and Reused and Exchanged Equipment Partnership.
6. Caring Heart Lending Closet
Caring Heart Lending Closet’s mission is to lend or distribute reusable medical equipment to the community, saving costs and the environment while serving God and others.
They are a medical lending closet providing reusable and occasionally single-use equipment to anyone in needs regardless of financial status. All of the inventory is donated. They only ask that you pass it on or donate it back to continue to help others. Hours are by appointment. Please email us to see what They have for you!
7. Institute on Disabilities
TechOWL PA is Pennsylvania’s Assistive Technology Act Program. One of 56 programs in the nation. TechOWL’s Assistive Technology Specialists are highly knowledgeable on a wide variety of areas within accessibility and assistive technologies for the home, community, and for all ages and abilities. They provide individualized training for professionals, students and community members in Pennsylvania on a request basis. They have a Lending Library, Demonstration Center, and Used Equipment Exchange program.
8. Liberty Resources
Liberty Retreads is a wheelchair recycling and giveaway program. They recycle basic DME such as commodes, shower chairs, walkers, transfer boards, manual wheelchairs and power wheelchairs. The program receives DME donations and they clean and repair them and get them back out to individuals who need it. The program accepts functional and nonfunctional wheelchairs. If refurbishing repairs are assessed to be prohibitively expensive, the wheelchair is dismantled, usable parts are harvested and the iron, plastic and rubber are taken to the Philadelphia Transfer and Recycle Center.
Liberty Retreads is supported in part by Pennsylvania Initiative on Assistive Technology, PIAT, the Commonwealths Assistive Technology Act Program at the Institute on Disabilities, Temple University, funded through a grant from the Rehabilitation Services Administration, US Department of Education. Liberty retreads is a member of PIATs Reused and Exchanged Equipment Partnership, REEP.
9. Life and Independence for Today
Life and Independence for Today is a Center for Independent Living located in St. Marys, PA. They are a non-profit organization that serves people with disabilities in Elk, Cameron, McKean, Jefferson, Clearfield, and Potter Counties. Their program “Within Your Reach” offers demonstrations on the latest in AT. Demonstrations are scheduled at the libraries in our service area. During these demonstrations, people have the opportunity to see devices, learn how they are used and try them.
In addition to the demonstrations in the libraries, people may also schedule a one on one consultation with the Assistive Technology Coordinator to ensure that LIFT consumers receive the right technology to meet their specific needs.
10. Lane Family Foundation
Lane Family Foundation was started by the Lane family after Scott suffered ALS in 2015. They have the first-hand experience of all financial cost and burdens that come with disabilities. That is why they started this foundation in 2017.
To see what medical equipment is available to borrow from the loaner program or to donate equipment to the loaner program, please contact.
11. Loan Programs for Home Improvements & Repairs
The ACCESS Home Modification Program provides mortgage loans to assist persons with disabilities or who have a family member(s) living in the household with disabilities who are purchasing a home that needs accessibility modifications. This program provides a deferred payment loan, with no interest, and no monthly payment. The loan becomes due and payable upon sale, transfer, or non-owner occupancy of the property.
12. Marjorie Shimer Durable Medical Equipment Loan Program
The Marjorie Shimer Durable Medical Equipment Loan Program provides durable medical equipment (DME) at no charge to those who do not have DME coverage through health insurance, have high-out-pocket deductibles, and/or do not otherwise have the means to pay for it themselves. To qualify, a patient must have a diagnosis of ALS and reside within our Chapter area.
13. Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation
Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF) is a statewide, non-profit organization that helps individuals with disabilities and older Pennsylvanians acquire the assistive technology devices and services they want. PATF provides financial loans for the purchase of assistive technology devices and services.
14. Pennsylvania’s Options Program: Home Care Services and Support
Pennsylvania’s Options Program provides aging state residents with care services in their homes, such as personal care, home health, and home-delivered meals. Assistance is also provided to family caring for a loved one at home, such as adult daycare, respite care, and specialized medical transportation assistance.
An individual cannot be receiving services via the Pennsylvania Department of Aging Medicaid Waiver and be eligible for services via the Options Program. However, those persons found to be ineligible for Medicaid may still receive free or low priced services funded by other means.
Each program candidate is assessed and approved for a different suite of services as their needs dictate. Benefits can include any of the following, but not all services are available to all candidates, nor are there always funds available for services. Some of these services can be self-directed, meaning the service recipient has the choice to choose their service provider.
– Adult daycare
– Assistive technology
– Companion care
– Home health
– Home management
– Home modifications (lifetime cap of $15,000)
– Home delivered meals
– Durable medical equipment/supplies
– Personal assistance services
– Personal care
– Pest control / fumigation
– Personal Emergency Response Services (PERS)
– Respite care
– Specialized medical transportation
15. UPMC Medical Equipment Recycling Program
The Medical Equipment Recycling Program accepts donated medical equipment from area residents who no longer need them or from organizations who have collected the items. Volunteers help clean and refurbish the devices. After a final inspection by a qualified professional, the equipment is given to people in need.
Also, the program educates individuals and their family members about other community-based resources that can address specific needs. Since the program began in 1999, MERP has donated more than 15,000 pieces equipment to more than 10,000 people.
- UPMC Medical Equipment Recycling Program
16. Ramps of Hope
An alliance of United Methodist Churches from Erie and Crawford Counties in Pennsylvania who are looking to demonstrate the love of Jesus to their neighbors in a practical way. They serve those with a short or long term need for a ramp to safely enter and exit their homes and have no other funding sources.
They provide semi-permanent ramps for people who have either a short term or long term need for a ramp to safely enter and exit their homes. There is no cost for the ramp although families are asked to evaluate for themselves their ability to contribute to the project.
17. Three Rivers Center for Independent Living
Three Rivers Center for Independent Living has an Assistive Technology Lending Library. How quickly you receive the equipment will depend on how many of the device(s) the Library has on hand and how long of a waiting list there may be. The application process is very simple; call Josh Jackson or email her and she will send you an application. After you fill it out, send it back to her and she will process the application to the Lending Library.
18. Transitional Path to Independent Living
TRPIL is the local outreach partner of the statewide program known as Technology for Our Whole Lives, (TechOWL). As a partner, TRPIL’s ATRC serves Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Somerset and Washington counties. Most services are provided at no cost to people with disabilities, their family members and advocates. The services include Public Awareness & Device Demonstrations, Training & Technical Assistance, Assistive Technology Lending Library, and Funding Assistance.
19. United Cerebral Palsy of Central Pennsylvania
Changing Hands is an equipment exchange program that provides restored and refurbished home medical equipment and assistive technology devices to Pennsylvania residents of all ages. If your insurance does not cover certain equipment, or if you have an immediate need but must wait out a grace period before coverage commences, Changing Hands can help.