People with disabilities have long faced financial barriers when seeking the greatest amount of independence, but Wheel:Life founder Lisa Wells’ new book, 10 Fundraiser Ideas to Help People with Disabilities, may help.
“Wheel:Life receives hundreds of inquiries each year from people who are seeking advice on ways to raise money for medical equipment, adaptive sports gear or specialized health care,” says Wells. “While Wheel:Life doesn’t have the funds to financially support these requests, we are able to provide intelligent support by offering resources like this book.”
The book features brainstorming ideas and real-world success stories from people like Uromed CEO and Paralympian Bert Burns, who tells how he raised money to support his wheelchair racing. Others who share their experience include Rolling Inspiration’s Chris Salas who successfully lined up sponsors for his SCI peer support group and power soccer team and Project Walk participant Leslie Ostrander on how she raised money for extra rehab.
Many online fundraising websites such as Kickstarter have cropped up in recent years, but Wells says these aren’t silver bullets. “Don’t shoot out an email and think that’s everything you need to do to be successful,“ she says. Wells suggests people first connect with people from their everyday lives. “If you talk to two people your chances of getting the help you need are a lot less then if you talk to 50 people,“ she says.
The e-book is available for download at the Amazon Kindle bookstore for $1.99. It is also available for free for those facing financial challenges.