Wheeled Repair Alliance

Reduce barriers to wheelchair repair!

Wheelchair Repair Workshops

Wheelchair repairs are costly and can take months to get done through insurance. We want to empower people with the knowledge and networks to get their wheelchairs repaired quickly and efficiently. These workshops are for people with disabilities as well as bike shop workers willing to provide wheelchair service.

During this session, you will:

  • Learn about the different types of wheelchairs.
  • Get hands-on experience with cleaning, lubrication, and adjustments.
  • Take home the tools you need for preventative maintenance!

Registration is required, see details below.

Upcoming Events

Sunday, May 19 – 2-4pm – Philadelphia (Neighborhood Bike Works) – sign up at Wheelchair Workshop Registration.

Not in your area? Reach out to caitlin.mckenney@temple.edu to ask how TechOWL can support wheelchair maintenance efforts near you!

Cost

TechOWL programs, including attending workshops, are free for Pennsylvanians. If you choose to get your wheelchair repaired at a participating bike shop, the costs will be discussed prior to the service. Financial assistance may be available for those in need.

Locations

Thank you to the following groups for their participation!

  • Philadelphia: Neighborhood Bike Works, Keystone Bicycle Co, Kayuh Bicycles & Café, Germantown Bike Supply
  • Lancaster: The Common Wheel
  • State College: Penn State Bike Den, The Bicycle Shop

Made Possible by…

TechOWL’s services are primarily funded by the federal Assistive Technology Act, overseen by the Administration for Community Living.

Additional grant support makes this project possible.

Next Steps

If you would like to get involved, please submit an interest form and we will follow up when the program is available in your area!


Important Terms and Conditions

Wheelchair Warranties

The company who supplied or manufactured your wheelchair may have rules about who can service it. Doing repairs yourself or taking your wheelchair to an alternative provider (such as a bike shop) could void this warranty.

Release of Liability and Terms

The information provided by TechOWL and our partners is for educational purposes. It does not replace the advice or requirements of your wheelchair manufacturer. Please check your owner’s manual or contact the manufacturer if you have any questions.

By participating in a wheelchair repair workshop or other TechOWL offerings, you agree to the following conditions.

“I (“The Recipient”) agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Institute on Disabilities, Temple University, the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Department of Labor and Industry, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and any and all partners, employees, agents or representatives of same, from damages to property or injuries (including death) to myself, and/or any other person, and any other losses, damages, expenses, claims, demands, suits, and actions by any party against the Institute on Disabilities, Temple University, the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Department of Labor and Industry, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and any and all partners, employees, agents or representatives of the same, in connection with an item donated to me or assistance provided to me from the CreATe Together and/or the Reused Equipment Exchange Program. I understand I am receiving items or services in “as is” condition and not sold or supported by the manufacturer.”