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Mission Statement

Our mission is to improve the lives of people who have physical disabilities. We repair and refurbish used electric wheelchairs and scooters and then donate these mobility devices to those who need them. This donation enables the recipient to pursue employment, education, healthcare, community and all the beautiful things that life has to offer. Just because people with physical disabilities are seated does not mean that they should be benched.

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Wheelchair Labs, Inc. began when our founder, Lance Greathouse, lost his younger brother to a rare form of Parkinson’s disease. Once diagnosed, Brent’s health declined quickly, and he passed away before his health insurance authorized the power wheelchair that he needed. For those who do not have insurance, the situation is perhaps more hopeless; wait-times for insurance authorization are a burden for people with physical disabilities but without insurance, the out-of-pocket cost of a power wheelchair averages around $7,000, making this necessity an impossibility for many.

Founded in 2014, Wheelchair Labs has donated more than 150 power wheelchairs and scooters to people with physical disabilities. Our volunteer team of fabricators, electricians and engineers also goes out on service calls to do onsite repairs and replace dead mobility device batteries. We are the only resource of our kind in the region and many people need the help that only we give.

Our organization and founder have been recognized in many different outlets, but perhaps our proudest achievement was when Lance Greathouse received the Trailblazer Award, given by the ADA in recognition of outstanding contributions to Arizonans who have disabilities. He received this award at the 2015 ADA Gala event. Our website highlights testimonials of those who have received from Wheelchair Labs the independence that comes with being able to move on their own volition.

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http://www.wheelchairlabs.org

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