If you're looking for free wheelchairs, free mobility scooters, and other free mobility aids in Wisconsin, 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 Wisconsin.
Check out the resources below, and if you have a resource to add, please contact us!
Free Wheelchairs & Assistive Devices in Wisconsin
1. Aging and Disability Resource Centers
ADRCs are in place around Wisconsin to help persons with disabilities and senior citizens secure the services and support they need without the hassles and frustration. This is a directory from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Find your local chapter and see if they can help you with grants, lending or more information.
2. Great Lakes Loan Closets Directory
Great Lakes Loan Closets Directory lists organizations in Wisconsin who can lend you medical equipment for minimal or no cost. Click on your county from the list and reach out to the organizations working in your area.
3. Independence First
Anyone, of any age, with any disability, who is looking for a way to accommodate their needs through technology (low or high tech) can get an assistive device from Independence first. However, the items are loaned out only for a week for the purpose of deciding whether a device is the appropriate accommodation.
They also have a small re-utilization program that gives away donated equipment for free. However, this is limited by storage space and donations as to what they have available for re-utilization.
Over 1000 pieces of high tech to low tech adaptive devices from the kitchen, bathroom, educational tools, communication devices, computer input, gardening, toys and more that people with disabilities and their families can try out before they purchase something.
4. Independent Living Centers in Wisconsin
An independent living center (ILC) is a consumer-directed, non-profit organization that provides four core services: peer support, information and referral, independent living skills training, and person and systems advocacy. ILCs are also device loan and device demonstration centers as part of the WisTech Assistive Technology Program. This is a directory of all the ILCs across Wisconsin.
5. Kenosha County Aging & Disability Resource Center
Kenosha County maintains a medical equipment loan closet. The ADRC loans out medical equipment free of charge. Individuals return the equipment when no longer needed. Available equipment may include:
- Incontinence Supplies
- Shower Chairs
- Toilet Risers
- Transfer Bath benches
6. Midstate Independent Living Consultants
Midstate Independent Living Choices, Inc. (MILC) is a consumer-controlled, non-profit, non-residential organization serving 16 counties in Wisconsin, since 2000. Their Assistive Technology Demonstration and Loan Project provides all kinds of assistive technology to people who are in need of these devices.
7. Wisconsin Lions Foundation Eyeglass Recycling Center
Wisconsin Lions Foundation Eyeglass Recycling Center is the local chapter of the Lions Club International Foundation. Over 800,000 pairs of glasses are processed annually at the Center, with over 450,000 pairs being sent to 49 different developing countries. Eyeglasses received at the eyeglass facility at Lions Camp are sorted, cleaned, categorized, bagged, and boxed in preparation for shipment to developing countries. To request eyeglasses please download the request form.