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Minnesota’s STAR Technology Exchange (STARTE)

>> Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Minnesota’s STAR Technology Exchange (STARTE)

The goal of STARTE hosted by the Minnesota STAR Program is to put AT equipment that is not currently being used into the hands of someone who can benefit from it. STARTE is primarily for Minnesotans, although we do accept entries from neighboring states. The program is designed to facilitate equipment exchange between individuals and is not for the use of vendors or distributors. You may browse our listings anonymously (without having an account or being logged in), however to view contact information and/or post your own items you must be a registered user and be logged in.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact us at 651-201-2640 or 888-234-1267 (Toll-Free).

Categories of devices listed on STARTE are:

* Computers and related
* Daily Living
* Environmental Adaptations
* Hearing
* Learning, Cognitive, & Developmental
* Mobility, Seating & Positioning
* Recreation, Sports, and Leisure
* Speech Communication
* Vehicle Modification and Transportation
* Vision
* Other

For listings of available devices log on to:


Equipment Needs/Exchange Information

Need a wheelchair, crutches or other medical equipment?

Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota lends assistive living medical equipment to anyone in need. We offer wheelchairs, commodes, walkers, crutches and more free of charge in this temporary loan program. Short-term loans of equipment should be returned in about three to four months.


1. Anyone with a temporary need may borrow equipment.

* You are recovering from an injury or surgery.
* You want to try the equipment before buying it.
* You are waiting for insurance coverage approval.
* You are helping a friend or relative accept the idea of using equipment.
* You are ill and uncertain about the period of need.
* You are a visitor to the area who may not be able to transport your own equipment.

2. How to borrow medical equipment from Goodwill/Easter Seals:

* Determine what you need, including size, special features, etc..
* Talk to your doctor or therapist if you have questions on specific needs.
* Call the number below to inquire about equipment availability and to arrange a time to pick up the equipment.

3. Where to pick up the equipment: St. Paul 553 Fairview Ave. N. St. Paul, MN 55104 (651) 379-5922 4. Please, always return the equipment on schedule. Metro area customers may return equipment to any metro area Goodwill store for your convenience.Non-metro area customers, please return equipment to the place you picked it up. Donate medical equipment to our loan program We need and accept donations of the following assistive living and medical equipment:

* Walkers
* Commodes
* Bathtub rails and tub seats
* Wheelchairs (not powered)
* Transfer benches
* Children's wheelchairs and other equipment
* Other assistive living equipment

Donations are accepted at the following location in the Goodwill store drop off lanes. Ask for a receipt to document your donation for tax purposes. St. Paul 553 Fairview Ave. N. St. Paul, MN 55104 (651) 379-5922

In addition to the Loan Program there is a monthly list called the Specialized Equipment List that is emailed out to those who request it. This list contains equipment that has been donated to Good Will Easter Seals 'as is' for ownership transfer. If you wish to be on the email list to receive updates on avaiable equipement please contact:

Ryc Lyden Medical Equipment Loan Program and Work Force Development Supervisor Goodwill Easter Seals, MN. 553 Fairview Ave No. St. Paul, MN. 55104 Direct phone number: (651)-379-5926


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