Wheelchair Doctors Keep Disabled On The Move

VIDEO: Jim Mullen reports.

Jan 13, 2005 2:16 pm US/Central
CHICAGO (CBS 2) John Robinson's wheelchair is his lifeline.

"Being able to go where you want to go and be independent, it's important to anyone," John said. "Especially if you're a person with a disability."

When John's chair needs a repair, he turns to the Wheelchair Doctors clinic in Chicago.

Before the doctors opened shop, John traveled more than an hour to the suburbs to get his chair repaired.

My wife and I both had to take a day off to get a minor adjustment," he said.

The clinic is located inside the Illinois Center for Rehabilitation and Education, a home for young people with severe disabilities.

Repair services are available to the home's residents, and anyone else in the community.

Most services provided by the clinic, at 1950 W. Roosevelt Rd., are covered by private insurance, Medicare and Medicaid.

Initially, the clinic was a response to the student's needs.