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Bolivian Disabled Activists Fight for Rights

April 19, 2012

Lack of mobility is only the first of many barriers that people with disabilities have to overcome in order to be able to fully participate in society. Perhaps no better example of this was on display in La Paz, Bolivia on February 23 when a large group of mobility impaired demonstrators confronted police at the…

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FASTCOMPANY – JANUARY 2012

January 28, 2012

FastCoExist, a project of FastCompany Magazine, covers Whirlwind’s offering to US wheelchair riders who’ll access trails, gardens, and beaches like never before. 

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Whirlwind 2011 Annual Newsletter

December 15, 2011

In this issues you’ll find stories about progress in the Dominican Republic, Georgia, and across the world. This has been one of our best years yet in our efforts to serve wheelchair riders. Thanks again to all our donors and partners for the critical roles you play.  Please consider making a special holiday donation.  Extra…

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Ralf Testing Tire

November 1, 2011

Whirlwind Founder and Chief Engineer Ralf Hotchkiss spent most of the summer in Chinandega, Nicaragua working on, among other things, the “thorny” issue of flat-free tires. Above is a photo of Ralf at work. When traveling, Ralf rides a standard RoughRider off the assembly line and interacts with a diverse group of people with disabilities…

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Jezebel – October 2011

October 28, 2011

“Charity Gives People In Haiti These Awesome All-Terrain Wheelchairs”  Bill Clinton and other fabulous guests attended the premier of The Way by Emilio Estevez with Martin Sheen.  This eventwas also a benefit for The Walkabout Foundation.  Read The Story Here.

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Diverse – October 2011

October 28, 2011

Ralf Hotchkiss teaches a wheelchair design and fabrication class at San Francisco State University and enlists the help of students in continually improving wheelchair designs for the developing world.  Read The Story Here.

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Responsible Wheelchair Provision

August 31, 2011

Most people think that providing a wheelchair is a simple matter of buying one and giving it away.  But in order to avoid harm to the user and give the user the greatest degree of independence and mobility, wheelchair provision needs to include a whole series of steps starting with an initial screening and assessment…

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The Zimbabwe Wheel

July 18, 2011

In 1988, Co-Founder Ralf Hotchkiss was in a bustling Zimbabwe outdoor market when two boys caught his attention. The two boys were pushing a two-wheeled cart whose wheels were unlike any wheels Ralf had ever seen before.  The wheels were extremely wide and flexible, allowing easy movement over the most uneven of roads. Originally, the…

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Durability & Value: Understanding the Whirlwind Approach

July 18, 2011

What wheelchair is best? Can be determined differently by many people. Some riders request increased access to generally inaccessible areas. Others prefer comfort. Some require specific seating to better personal health. Many fall somewhere in between the three. In order to maximize one’s potential, regardless of physical ability, a wheelchair is most valuable when it…

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Summer 2011 NewsNotes

June 10, 2011

In this issue: Whirlwind will soon be offering our acclaimed RoughRider wheelchair in the U.S. Once final testing and adjustments to the RoughRider® are complete, Whirlwind will begin with a 100 person test market group. By early fall, sales will be opened to the general public via our website. Whirlwind received FDA approval to sell…

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