Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Recycle Your Gently Used Mobility Equipment at DifferentNeedZ.com[TM]: A Website Dedicated to the Special Needs Community. Thoughfully Created. Personally Inspired

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Recycle Your Gently Used Mobility Equipment at DifferentNeedZ.com[TM]: A Website Dedicated to the Special Needs Community. Thoughfully Created. Personally Inspired

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Does this sound familiar? I have a child with special needs. We have a gait trainer, but my child has grown and no longer can use it. Although the gait trainer is two years old, it is in great condition. The gait trainer cost a lot of money and it is a shame that it is just sitting in my basement. I would like another child to be able to use the gait trainer, but I do not know what to do with it.

The answer is: sell it on http://www.differentneedz.com/.

Differentneedz.com is a web-store where special needs families can purchase new or gently used therapy devices, durable medical equipment, adaptive toys and other special needs goods. Differentneedz.com's focus is to get gently used items recycled and into the hands of those who need it. Families with accumulated equipment either throw it away or donate it. Charities that receive donated items are not able to distribute the equipment to families in need. When the stuff piles up, it also gets thrown away. Differentneedz.com provides a simple way for families and charities to make useful goods available for individuals that can use it.

Differentneedz.com provides goods for all types of disabilities and for all ages.

Differentneedz.com is not an auction site where the sale price goes up and purchasing takes days. Products are available for immediate purchase at fixed prices: significantly lower prices than anywhere else. Gently used items are for sale at prices 50%-75% off the original market price. Gently used mobility items such as: electric wheelchairs (originally $8,000, Needz Price $1,000), gait trainer (originally $2,325, Needz Price $575) and tilting wheelchair (originally $3,000, Needz Price $550) are currently for sale. New equipment (pressure vests, toys for children with autism, therapy balls, and much more) is also offered for sale at discounted prices.

The idea of Differentneedz.com began with the son of co-founders Bret and Karen Jordan. Their son, Luke, was born with a condition called microcephally. As a result, Luke had numerous physical disabilities and needed extensive medical treatment and therapies.

Around the holiday season, the Jordans were looking for a gift for Luke. They found that toys for Luke cost three times more than toys for his typically developing sister. Due to financial constraints and the high cost of special needs equipment, Luke unfairly got fewer presents than his sister. As time went on, more and more pieces of medical equipment, toys and therapy devices were collected by the Jordans. …

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