Ordering Wheelchairs for Use in the Developing World
Whirlwind’s mission to serve wheelchair riders in the developing world with excellent rugged wheelchairs is simply not possible without partnerships with wheelchair purchasers. Whirlwind gives our partners a substantial discount so that their procurement funds can serve as many wheelchair riders as possible with chairs that are proven to last and perform well in rough conditions.
Whirlwind has extensive experience providing wheelchairs in over 35 countries and we are happy to assist you with the details of your project from local partner selection, to rider measurement and assessment, to logistics, to wheelchair fitting and followup, and measurement of quality of life improvements.
Whirlwind’s painstaking quality certification gives us confidence in every member of our network of regional manufacturers, and is capable of providing the best of rugged and durable wheelchairs. These regional locations will cut down your shipping costs, delivery times, and the carbon footprint of your activities. At the same time, your organization will be contributing to economic development in the region. More about the Global Production Franchise can be found by following the link.
Each wheelchair will come customized with your organization’s choice of color and logo, a user manual, a cushion*, and a multi-tool and tire repair kit with pump. An extensive user manual in the local language** is provided with each chair so that riders will be empowered with safety, self care, repair, and other useful information.
We are available to consult with you on your project and provide a price quote. Below please find the Price Quote form to get started!
Design improvements on 2010 RoughRider model increased the number of wheelchairs per container by 44% and increased the chair's adjustability for a wider range of body sizes. See features comparison between the 2007 and 2010 RoughRider models. For projects shipping bulky wheelchairs to remote locations, this creates a substantial savings on shipping and opens the possibility of serving many more riders with the same amount of funding. 250 RoughRiders have rear wheels that are pre-installed to fit into each container. Our standard method of shipping RoughRiders with wheels off adds roughly 5 minutes to the wheelchair provision process and increases the maximum number per container to 359.
*Pressure Relief Cushions and other products are available at a small additional charge to serve riders with sensation problems resulting from Spinal Cord Injuries and other conditions.
**The RoughRider User Manual is currently available in many languages via downloadable .pdf documents for easy printing.
*** For preparing the size mix of your order the Wheelchair Rider Assessment Form for the RoughRider is helpful for assessing users.