Recycle & Reuse
Assistive Technology can be expensive, often making affordability a problem for persons with limited or fixed incomes. Often assistive technology devices, adaptive equipment and durable medical equipment (DME) may be available through Recycle and Reuse programs.
Missouri Assistive Technology (MoAT) has three programs that give consumers access to reusable assistive technology. These reuse programs create an opportunity for those who need AT to obtain it at low cost or no cost. An added, “green” benefit is keeping usable equipment out of Missouri landfills.
DME Recycling provides refurbished walkers, crutches, canes, commodes, shower chairs, manual and power wheelchairs, positioning equipment and miscellaneous, wheelchair parts (i.e. tires, cushions, arm rests, footplates). Other types of assistive technology devices in addition to DME may also be available. MoAT has agreements with nine Missouri Recycling Locations to help provide statewide access to the programs. Donations of used equipment are also accepted.
Missouri AT’s Swap ‘n Shop Program is like a “classified ads” for assistive technology that matches “buyers” up with “sellers.” Missouri Assistive Technology provides a listing of equipment that consumers would like to sell, trade, donate or buy at Swap 'n Shop.
Persons with disabilities who need adaptive computer equipment through Missouri Assistive Technology’s TAP for Internet program, but who do not have a working computer, may be able to get a recycled computer. Contact Brenda Whitlock, the TAP-I Coordinator, for more information at Brenda.Whitlock@att.net or at 816-655-6700.
There are a also other resources for recycled assistive technology equipment. Many of Missouri’s Centers for Independent Living have loan closets or recycling programs. You can look here to locate your nearest Center for Independent Living to find out about specific services. You can find out more about Other Assistive Technology ReUse Programs including Reutilization Programs in Neighboring States.
For program information about these programs, click on the links above, or contact David Baker at (816) 655-6703 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MidAmerica Alliance For Access
626 Minnesota Ave
Kansas City, KS 66101
Contact: Mark Wagoner
5240 Oakland Ave
Saint Louis, MO 63110
(314) 289-4200 (v)
(314) 289-4252 (TTY)
Paraquad Assistive Technology Reutilization Program
Contact: Lindsey Bean
Heartland Independent Living Center
1010 Hwy 28 West
Owensville, MO 65066
(573) 437-5100 (v/tty)
Living Independently for Everyone (LIFE)
725 E. Karsch Blvd.
Farmington, MO 63640
(573) 756-4314 (800) 596-7273 (toll-free)
Contact: Aaron Luna
Rural Advocates for Independent Living (RAIL)
1100 S. Jamison
Kirksville, MO 63501
Contact: LaDonna Williams
Services for Independent Living (SIL)
1401 Hathman Place
Columbia, MO 65201
(573) 874-1646 (v)
(573) 874-4121 (tty)
SIL Assistive Technology Reutilization Program
Contact: Scout Merry
SEMO Alliance for Disability Independence (SADI)
1913 Rusmar Avenue
Cape Girardeau, MO 63703
(573) 651-6464 (v) (573) 651-6464 (tty)
SADI Assistive Technology Reutilization Program
Southwest Center for Independent Living (SCIL)
2864 S. Nettleton
Springfield, MO 65807
(417) 886-1188 (v) (417) 886-1188 (tty)
Contact: Shannon Powell
The Independent Living Center
2639 E. 34th Street
Joplin, MO 64804
(417) 659-8086 (v)
(417) 659-8702 (tty)
The Independent Living Assistive Technology Reutilization Program
Contact: Stephanie Brady