The Georgia Project

A small crowd of people, many in wheelchairs, raise red and white disability flags in the air.
Republic of Georgia citizens with disabilities participating in a demonstration.

In 2014, WID completed a 5-year project in the Republic of Georgia, funded by USAID. Working in partnership with Whirlwind Wheelchair International, the Coalition for Independent Living in Georgia, along with their regional member organizations, and the Treatment and Educational Center of Child Neurology and Neurorehabilitation, WID established a sustainable wheelchair production and repair facility and a postural support seating and cushion service; developed a mobility, self-care, and advocacy skills training system for wheelchair users; and conducted advocacy, public education, and community accessibility barrier removal activities. The majority of factory workers and advocacy team members are wheelchair users. The factory has produced and distributed more than 2,500 low-cost, high-quality Whirlwind RoughRider™ indoor-outdoor wheelchairs.

Using a large, circular blade, an employee (who is seated in his own wheelchair) cuts a wheelchair piece.
Employee at the Republic of Georgia wheelchair factory sawing a wheelchair piece.
Four people in wheelchairs push their wheelchairs up and down wooden ramps.
Participants of a Georgian mobility workshop navigating a ramp obstacle.
A small girl with dark hair leans sideways and forwards in a wheelchair that is clearly too large for her.
A young, Georgian girl slumps in an adult wheelchair prior to a postural support fitting.
A small girl with dark hair sits up tall and comfortably in a much smaller wheelchair.
The same girl sits upright in an age-appropriate wheelchair after a customized postural support fitting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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