Giving Children with Special Needs the Tools for Independence

The Kids Equipment Network

If you know a child who is in need of adaptive equipment, please click receive equipment above to complete an application.

Access Equipment

SAVE THE DATE!

TKEN is hosting our golf outing this year at Old Orchard Country Club this coming Saturday, September 11. It will be a 1:30pm shotgun start. More specific details will be coming up as well as registration for the event so stay tuned and be on the lookout!

 

We are open for certain items!

If you are in need of an adapted stroller, bath seat, or sling seat manual wheelchairs then please fill out an application on our Access Equipment page!

We are modifying the TKEN clinics as well as equipment/donation requests. We are taking applications for Adapted Strollers, Bath Seats & Folding Manual Wheelchairs.  These will be assessed on a case by case basis.  Equipment donations will be addressed on a case by case basis as we currently have very limited storage space. We are still not able to provide our full menu of services due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

We are planning on monthly “Stroller only” clinics through the end of the year! If you have any stroller needs, please complete an equipment request form at www.tken.org. For those of you on the wait list you should be hearing from our staff in the next few weeks. Thank you for your understanding.

Additionally, we are looking for potential in-kind storage spaces for future inventory…if you are able to help please contact Tim at [email protected].  We thank you all for your ongoing friendship & support in helping us to help the kids.  Be safe, be well…your friends at the Kids Equipment Network!

In addition, a cool opportunity has been made available to TKEN this year.  Our newest partner, The Aspen Lane Wine Company based in Aurora, IL has offered FREE wine to those who choose to support TKEN during Giving Tuesday.  For those who choose to gift TKEN $250 you will receive a custom TKEN labeled bottle of 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon made from grapes from Walla Walla, Washington.  For $500, the supporter will receive a 1.5-liter bottle of the Cab with the custom TKEN label.  For $1000, one will receive a 3-liter Jeroboam sized bottle of Cab with a custom TKEN label; this size bottle will be waxed dipped.  If you would like to simply buy wine from the winery, TKEN benefits greatly from these purchases as well!  How does that work?  Aspen Lane Winery is a social enterprise business in that after expenses and taxes all profit (100% of it) goes to their supporting charities like TKEN! Please visit https://www.aspenlanewinecompany.com/tken to purchase individual bottles and check out the TKEN custom label as well as comparing the size of the different bottles.  Nothing is cooler than a 3-liter Jeroboam to be shared during a Holiday party!

We have seen so many ways that our friends, families, volunteers, and supporters have given their time, talent, and resources to TKEN in order to continue helping us with our mission to help the children. If you would like to learn more about how to help us out, head over to our website at www.tken.org for more information.

We thank you all for your ongoing friendship & support in helping us to help the kids.

Be safe,
Be well,
Your friends at The Kids Equipment Network

 
 
 

Our Mission and Vision

As a non-profit 501c3, we’re dedicated to connecting children with special needs to durable, adaptive equipment that helps them thrive. By growing our financial resources, we’re better able to provide equipment to every family with little to no funding that requests assistance at no cost. This helps kids with special needs—from birth to age 21—embrace their lives and become active, independent members of their communities.

These are certainly uncharted waters for all of us.

We at TKEN are feeling the stresses of our new reality.

Please know that we are mindful of all that is not being accomplished at this time but would like to acknowledge all of the heroic work that is being done.  Our first responders, healthcare workers, trunk drivers, delivery drivers, cashiers, cooks and custodians!!!  Also, all of the parents who are now being teachers, caretakers, babysitters and new referees!!

Breaking news:

Music – not cancelled

Family – not cancelled

Reading – not cancelled

Pets – not cancelled

Singing – not cancelled

Laughing – not cancelled

Hope – not cancelled

Love – not cancelled

Let’s embrace what we have and keep everyone safe!

See you all as soon as we are able!!

Monthly Clinics

Our ongoing monthly equipment clinics are our mission in action to supply requested equipment to the children that we serve. Whether you need to Access Equipment or want to Become a Volunteer, TKEN is always happy to hear from you!

Become a Volunteer

We Need Space!

One of our top priorities is finding space (at little or no cost) to store our equipment. We’re also looking for a realtor or landlord who can help us acquire a building or piece of property to call home. This would provide us with the necessary space to store our equipment and hold our monthly equipment clinics.

I Can Help!

Kids served

Dedicated TKEN volunteers

Years of service

Pieces of equipment donated

I cannot describe in words how thankful I am to your foundation for providing my little girl with the equipment she needed. My daughter Jaiden, has a power chair and we needed a back up manual chair for when the power chair has issues. We are so grateful to have found another one thanks to your foundation.

Amy S., TKEN Parent

Our kids’ success is our success

From manual wheelchairs to customized standing equipment, our families know what they need. And for more than a decade, we’ve been here to listen and connect them with the tools to help kids succeed. For every smile and every movement made easier, our kids remind us why we do what we do.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Donate to change a child’s life

A piece of adaptive equipment often means the difference between a life of limitations and a life of independence for a child. Please consider a monetary or equipment donation today. 

Donate Today

Illinois ABLE Program LogoIllinois ABLE program

ATTENTION ILLINOIS RESIDENTS!!!!!  Illinois State Treasurer Michael W. Frerichs and the State Treasurer’s office developed the The Illinois ABLE program, a tax-advantaged investment program that provides persons with blindness or disabilities the option to save for disability-related expenses without putting their federal means tested benefits at risk. Call (888) 609-8683 or learn more at https://illinoistreasurer.gov/Individuals/ABLE