Accessible means anything that helps a person in a wheelchair with easily getting in and out of a vehicle. In most cases, that is a wheelchair ramp or wheelchair lift, depending on the type of vehicle the adaptive equipment or conversion is being installed. There are many different types of accessible vans, including fold-out automated ramps and in-floor ramps. Most accessible minivans have a lowered floor conversion to make more head room for the person to enter into the van and comfortably sit upright inside.
While it is still almost officially a month away, this is the time to prepare for winter. Make sure that you and your wheelchair accessible van are ready for the frigid weather and dangerous driving conditions ahead.
There are several steps you should take to make sure that your van is ready to make it through the most treacherous driving season.
Check Your Battery
Cold weather is hard on any vehicle’s battery, but can be particularly trying on those in accessible vans. Your van’s battery is already providing additional power to electric power lifts, ramps, and doors. Have your battery checked to make sure it is in condition to make it through the cold months.Read more
MobilityWorks was happy to join in the celebration with The Jett Foundation as they celebrated their 6th Jett Giving Fund success by gifting Liam McGourty and his family with a new wheelchair accessible minivan.
11-year old Liam McGourty was born with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and is mostly confined to a power chair. With a handicap accessible van, Liam can now safely and easily travel to doctor’s appointments, friend’s houses, school, and family events.Read more
Lauren Bruner, Ken Potts and Donald Stratton are three of the five remaining survivors of the USS Arizona. During a recent visit to Washington DC they attended a formal wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The men were honored with a certificate and a coin from the Old Guard Third Infantry Regiment, who guard the tomb.
The survivors were also able to visit the World War II, Korean, and Vietnam Memorials. They spent time at the Pentagon and met with President Trump in the Oval Office.Read more
Have you heard about the new Chrysler’s Pacifica? Maybe you’ve seen the commercials about the reimagined minivan being “good for your dad brand” or heard about their groundbreaking Uconnect technology. Over the past few weeks, brand new wheelchair accessible Pacificas have been showing up at MobilityWorks locations throughout the country!
There are a lot of different options when it comes to choosing a wheelchair accessible vehicle. Choosing between a side or rear entry vehicle is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make.
A side entry vehicle allows wheelchair users to enter in the mid-ship area and roll to the front or middle of the vehicle. In a rear entry vehicle, wheelchair users roll in from the back and stay in the back or middle of the vehicle.Read more
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