Whirlwind Wheelchair International is dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities in the developing world, while also promoting sustainable local economic development in the process, with a good wheelchair. A “good wheelchair” must be safe, durable, locally repairable, and highly useable for the rider, which means it must fit the local terrain and environment.
WWI aims for every person in the world who needs a high quality wheelchair to obtain one, leading to maximum personal independence and integration into society. Their RoughRider wheelchair is used by 25,000 riders traveling over terrains that only the best of wheelchairs can cross, from muddy village paths to rough, pot-holed urban streets.
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