A 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to helping people gain greater independence by offering the loan of durable medical equipment and obtaining the medical supplies they need.
1531 13th St
Access-Ability is dedicated to helping local residents who have varying levels of disability with little income, few financial resources, and/or no health insurance or whose insurance has been denied, gain greater independence. We also locate and refer residents to appropriate agencies for additional specialized medical equipment and services. Our goal is to help as many people as possible! TO REQUEST SUPPLIES Call us at 812-314-2899 or email us at [email protected] TO DONATE ITEMS We are currently accepting all gently used medical equipment and all unused, unopened medical supplies. If local, you may drop off items at our office/storage facility located in the United Way Center at 1531 13th Street, Columbus, IN, 47201. If not local, you may send all donations to the address listed above or contact us at 812-314-2899 to make other arrangements. AMAZON SMILE We are now available for your choice of charitable organization when you shop on Amazon Smile! Just click this link https://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-7540586 and start shopping. A portion of what you spend will be donated directly to our organization, Bartholomew County Society for the Disabled Inc., doing business as, Access-Ability. INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING? We are always in need of volunteers to help our organization run as smoothly as possible. Please contact us at 812-314-2899 if you would like to make a difference in the lives of those in need in your community.
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The Bartholomew County Society for the Disabled Inc., currently doing business as Access-Ability, is an organization that has changed with the needs of the community. In 1962, Paul Stacker, the first director of the Columbus Parks and Recreation Department, asked Maynard Noll if he could provide cars to help transport the disabled children back and forth to Donner Center Pool. This was the birth of the swimming program and a longtime friendship between Maynard Noll and the disabled children he helped. Camp Koch was the next program to be introduced. The society members would transport children with special needs to and from the week-long camp in Tell City which no longer exists. In the late 1960's, durable medical equipment was collected and distributed by volunteer members. Carrico and Brad's Furniture provided warehouse space for the donated equipment to be stored. The Carpenters Union donated their hall to be used for the telethon headquarters. Easter Seals also held root beer float sales with Target stores, as well as chili cook-off’s at FairOaks Mall. In 1995, to help offset rising needs and costs, the agency created a series of collectible ornaments of famous landmarks and architectural buildings in our community. In 1999, our name changed to Easter Seals of Bartholomew County. These changes were made by the National Easter Seals organization and affected all Easter Seals chapters. In 2011, Bartholomew County Society for the Disabled, Inc. changed our doing business name to Access-Ability, which currently serves over 1,000 adults and children in Bartholomew and the surrounding counties.