Northern Illinois residents can rent off-road wheelchair
CALEDONIA, Ill. (AP) — An all-terrain outdoor wheelchair is available for public use in northern Illinois.
The Rockford Register Star reports that Winnebago County is the first in the state to offer a battery-operated outdoor wheelchair to rent and use for free.
Jeremy Oster of Rockton nonprofit Hononegah Archery worked with Access Ability Wisconsin to host the wheelchair. A $25,000 grant from the Friends of National Rifle Association helped cover the cost of the wheelchair and a trailer to haul it around.
Oster says he can also accommodate residents in Boone and Ogle counties who want to borrow the wheelchair.
Rockford resident Jenna Hammerly recently test-drove the outdoor wheelchair. Hammerly is a quadriplegic and she calls the wheelchair a “game changer.”
Hammerly says many individuals with disabilities are below the poverty line, so owning such a wheelchair isn’t feasible.