What is Device Reutilization?
Device reutilization includes both the repair and recycling of equipment, as well as exchange programs. Device repair and recycling programs are those in which pre-owned devices are restored and then offered to consumers as recycled products. Device exchange programs involve the arrangement of purchase of the pre-owned item directly from the current owner to the consumer.
Why is Device Reutilization important?
Device reutilization is important to consumers and family members because of the increasing numbers of individuals who need equipment, have limited or no access to assistive devices and can benefit from the abundance of used equipment currently available.
Device Reutilization programs in New Jersey:
Back in Action
Back in Action was launched through the Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center of DRNJ as an interactive exchange of devices. This website includes walkers, wheelchairs, power scooters, text telephones, adaptive computer software, and other equipment. Currently, over 100 items are listed, with many items being offered at minimal to no cost.
Anyone can post free classified ads through Back In Action with a description and/or picture of the item for sale. Additionally, individuals may search for needed equipment and post want ads or e-mail alerts when an item is not listed.
For additional assistance, please visit our website: http://backinaction.drnj.org/
Or you may contact Back In Action at:
Toll Free: 1-800-922-7233 (in NJ)
Voice: (609) 292-9742
TTY: 609) 633-7106
Goodwill Home Medical Equipment
Goodwill Home Medical Equipment, a division of Goodwill Industries of Southern New Jersey & Philadelphia, helps recycle gently used durable medical equipment (DME) to be utilized by individuals in the community. This organization was formerly known as YourReSource.
Goodwill Home Medical Equipment program does charge a nominal fee for available items. If an individual cannot afford the stated price, a sliding scale may be used.
TECHConnection at Family Resource Associates (FRA) provides access to refurbished computers for people with disabilities. To request a computer, contact Paul at FRA at 732-747-5310, ext. 124. Please leave your name and address (please speak clearly and slowly).
FRA will mail an application to you, or if you have access to a computer, you can download the Application Form.
Once FRA receives your application, you will be notified when a computer becomes available. This is a volunteer program, and applicants may have a 2 to 3 month waiting period. You will be notified either by phone or by mail when you can come pick up your computer.
All recipients must be able to transfer the computer to their vehicle. A hand truck will be available to you for moving the computer from FRA’s first floor office, located in Shrewsbury, New Jersey. All computers come with Open Office, free software similar to Microsoft Office, and will be able to connect to the internet via a high speed connection. All computers come with a virus protection program.
For more information contact:
35 Haddon Avenue
Shrewsbury, NJ 07702