Access-Ability Offers the Loan of Durable Medical Equipment to Help People Gain Greater Independence


Access-Ability counsel families and individuals to determine the best possible solution to their durable medical equipment needs.  They are often overwhelmed by a recent catastrophic illness or injury, facing decisions they may never have faced before and are often unaware of what resources may be available to them or their loved ones, i.e. Medicare, Medicaid, VA benefits, and other community resources.  Many of the referrals are made directly by health care providers.  Often clients are not allowed to leave the hospital until they receive the required equipment. Access-Ability is often their last hope and only resource.


Our program offers an alternative to individuals who often must make a choice between meeting essential needs (food, housing, medication) and purchasing a piece of medical equipment; we also provide the equipment essential for people to enable them to work.


We provide information to individuals, caregivers, health care providers and other community members about the variety, availability and uses for durable medical equipment to improve physical accessibility, increase independence and promote social engagement.

History of Access-Ability:

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 disable 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. 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 the chili cook-off at Fairoaks Mall. In 1995, to help offset rising needs and Easter Seals also held root beer float sales with costs, the agency created a series of collectible ornaments of famous landmarks and architectural buildings of 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 serves over 1200 children and adults in Bartholomew and the surrounding counties.


Access-Ability loans durable medical equipment to help people gain greater independence. We provide hospital beds, wheel chairs, bathroom equipment, walkers, canes, etc. to those with disabilities. Access-Ability consists of an executive director, volunteer board of directors, part time office personnel, and several supporters.We accept referrals from health care agencies, hospitals, social service agencies, family and friends. Our office and storage is located in the United Way Center at 1531 13th Street, where you can call us at 812-314-2899.

What Our Needs Are:

  • Financial support for our operations and the purchase and maintenance of equipment

  • Donations of new/used durable medical equipment.

  • Volunteerism, we are constantly looking for individuals and groups to do general office work (filing, data entry, phones, etc.) equipment repairs/maintenance.  




We accept hygiene aids, bath/shower seats, transfer benches, bath tub rails, blood pressure monitors, disposable briefs, disposable/reusable under-pads, canes, crutches, forearm crutches, quad canes, walkers, three wheel walkers, knee walkers and wheelchairs and rollators



"I Came to Access-Ability for a Wheel Chair and was Offered a Choice of Options.

I Picked Out a Chair that Fit My Needs and I Can Keep it as Long as I Need." 

Thank-You Access-Ability!


Sally Gates