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Don Schoendorfer

Mechanical Engineer

MIT

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Background Information

Employment History

The Fieldstone Foundation


Supreme Master


President and Chief Executive Officer

FWM


Vice President Research and Development

Baxter International Inc


Consultant

consulting on tatoo patch?


Affiliations

Free Wheelchair Mission

Founder


International Society of Wheelchair Providers

Board Member


Costa Mesa

Founder


Education

Harbor High School


PhD

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


PhD

Mechanical Engineering

MIT


bachelor's degrees

Baldwin Wallace College


bachelor's degrees

Columbia University


Web References(186 Total References)


December 2014 - Inventor's Update

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Many of my clients know that at the end of the year, instead of sending out Christmas cards, QuickPatents makes a donation to Free Wheelchair Mission, which is an organization founded by Don Schoendorfer, an MIT Mechanical Engineer who figured-out how Continue reading Merry Christmas from QuickPatents!


Merry Christmas from QuickPatents! - Inventor's Update

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Many of my clients know that at the end of the year, instead of sending out Christmas cards, QuickPatents makes a donation to Free Wheelchair Mission, which is an organization founded by Don Schoendorfer, an MIT Mechanical Engineer who figured-out how to a make low-cost ($77.91) yet durable wheelchair out of resin garden chairs, a pair of mountain bike tires, and a frame.
Assembled by volunteer teams in-country, these wheelchairs are given away (with no strings attached) to those who would otherwise have to crawl on the ground to get around. I've been asked if Don has patented this wheelchair. Interestingly, the answer is no. While he is the inventor on over 50 patents for other devices, mostly medical-related, he didn't patent this particular invention because, I'm sure he would say, nothing would make him happier than if others copied it and did the same thing he's doing!


www.DisabilityNation.net

So Don Schoendorfer, who is the founder and president of Free Wheelchair Mission, is also an MIT engineer, developed a cost effective wheelchair which utilizes mountain bike tires and something like a plastic lawn seat, and then it is all attached with a strong, durable, steel frame.


Go outside the comfort zone for people with disabilities | Church Executive

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Years ago in Morocco, Dr. Don Schoendorfer, founder of Free Wheelchair Mission, witnessed a disabled woman crawl across a dirt road.This experience ultimately inspired Schoendorfer, an MIT engineer, to design a simple yet rugged and durable wheelchair with easily replaceable parts.


Free Wheelchair Mission - E-Mail Ministry

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Don Schoendorfer's "Gen One" wheelchair looks like something cobbled together from assorted spare parts.
That's because it is. Don, a mechanical engineer from California, was vacationing in Morocco about 20 years ago with his wife. His conscience was seared by an image he would never forget. A local woman, paralyzed from the waist down, was crossing a busy street while lying flat on the ground, pulling herself forward by her fingernails. Nearby beggars were jeering. Schoendorfer returned to his comfortable Orange County home wondering how it was possible to put humans on the moon, build toddlers awesome Big Wheels, yet not provide disabled people the dignity of mobility. He retreated to his garage and began tinkering. How could he design a tough, inexpensive wheelchair, one that could be easily assembled out of parts readily available in most Developing World countries? Then Don took a dramatic step. In 2001, he quit his job and launched the Free Wheelchair Mission, a faith-based not-for-profit organization: https://www.freewheelchairmission.org.


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