Alternative Funding Ideas to Help Get the Wheelchair You Need: The Fund-A-Chair Program Was Created to Help Families Raise Money for Convaid's Lightweight Wheelchairs and Accessories That They Could Not Afford on Their Own. with the Help of the Free Fundraising Site Youcaring.com, Families Can Easily Accept Donations from Friends and Family across the Nation and, Internationally, through a Trusted Online Source

By Heady, Denise | The Exceptional Parent, June 2013 | Go to article overview

Alternative Funding Ideas to Help Get the Wheelchair You Need: The Fund-A-Chair Program Was Created to Help Families Raise Money for Convaid's Lightweight Wheelchairs and Accessories That They Could Not Afford on Their Own. with the Help of the Free Fundraising Site Youcaring.com, Families Can Easily Accept Donations from Friends and Family across the Nation and, Internationally, through a Trusted Online Source


Heady, Denise, The Exceptional Parent


In the current economic climate, wheelchair users and their families have begun to realize that obtaining a customized wheelchair to help support an active lifestyle is getting harder every day. Public programs are reducing funding for necessary adaptive equipment, and private insurances are following in their footsteps. Families are continually submitting paperwork to either state programs or private insurances, just to be denied.

These families face the reality of not getting the medical equipment required for daily living. With federal and state reimbursements dwindling, the need for alternative funding and charitable donations has risen considerably.

Jessica Wiener-Romano, mother of a child with special needs knows this problem all too well.

"It's really hard to get insurances to pay for adaptive strollers/wheelchairs after most children turn three," Wiener-Romano said. "They (insurance companies) want them in a full-sized chair, but for many families--including my own--we don't have a van to get around, which makes it so hard. I really wish insurances would cover one of Convaid's chairs for my little guy."

Fortunately, Convaid Wheelchairs--the company that invented the compact folding, adaptive assisted wheelchair--is dedicated to helping these special needs families reclaim their freedom with alternative options to help raise money for the much needed custom made light weight, compact folding, convenient wheelchairs.

"The challenges that families are facing for getting funding for wheelchairs and other mobility related equipment is far greater than it was even two years ago," said Chris Braun, President of Convaid. "We want to help these children and their families who cannot afford a lightweight wheelchair get the wheelchair they need."

Often times, insurances see compact folding, lightweight wheelchairs as a backup solution, rather than the much needed mobility product that it is. Convaid's line of lightweight pediatric strollers and wheelchairs are custom made to meet individual's physical needs, improving their lives and that of the caregivers, by enhancing capabilities and promoting independence.

Even if a child does get approved by their insurance to purchase a Convaid lightweight wheelchair, it tends to just cover the base price of the chair and does not take into consideration the additional features needed.

Through the company's Community Outreach Program--which was specifically designed for charitable donations for non-funded end users, non-profit organizations and schools with special education programs--the wheelchair manufacturer created the Fund-A-Chair Program.

THE FUND-A-CHAIR-PROGRAM

The Fund-A-Chair Program was created to help families raise money for Convaid's lightweight wheelchairs and accessories that they could not afford on their own.

With the help of the free fundraising site Youcaring.com, families can easily accept donations from friends and family across the nation and, internationally, through a trusted online source.

Youcaring.com is a free fundraising website created for individuals hoping to raise funds for medical expenses, education assistance, adoption fundraising, helping others in need. It provides a simple and organized way to implement your fundraising ideas and help achieve, or exceed, your fundraising goals.

"We created this program to give families another option when trying to raise funds for their much needed medical equipment," said Braun. "Oftentimes families find that loved ones are more than willing to contribute $25 here or there, but don't feel like it's significant enough. By using the new program, people can see for themselves that every dollar does count."

The program goes live on June 3rd, 2013 and, for the first month, Convaid will be giving users of the program a 10% discount on all Convaid wheelchairs and a free basket or canopy with their purchase. …

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