With the winter months here, it’s important to make sure your adaptive vehicle is in good shape to maximize protection and prevent breakdowns brought on by cold weather conditions. Here are some key items we recommend having checked on your wheelchair accessible vehicle to keep it running at its best and avoid the inconvenience of being stranded outside and emergency repairs.
Get Your Battery Tested
Cold weather can dramatically reduce the strength of your mobility vehicle’s battery. It’s important to have your battery tested to insure it’s fully charged. This is especially true if your battery is over two years old. And don’t forget to have your battery cables, posts and fasteners inspected. The cables should be in good shape and firmly connected to the battery. Read More →
Universal accessibility and ensuring persons with disabilities are able to freely and comfortably navigate throughout a space is a major objective for the future of Canadian businesses. Although businesses in Ontario legally have until 2025 to implement the mandated provisions for built-environment accessibility, a non-profit group has decided to skip the wait and take matters into their own hands. Read More →
Perhaps the most important part of choosing a new (or used) wheelchair accessible vehicle is determining how you, or your passengers with disabilities, will enter and exit the vehicle. Wheelchair ramps are great, affordable and flexible options for those interested in handicap accessible vehicles, as they provide an easy to use loading and unloading solution that are as safe and secure as they are convenient.
If you believe wheelchair ramps are the right option for your transportation needs, the following will shed some light on the types of ramps available for conversions and the unique benefits they each provide. Read More →
Having a safe and reliable method of transportation can make going about your day more comfortable while eliminating stress. If you, or a loved one, live with a disability, choosing the right type of vehicle to be your main source of accessible transportation can not only impact your time on the road, it can also set you up for a healthier future by getting rid of risks that rise from riding or driving a vehicle that’s not built for your needs. Read More →
We all have days when every traffic light is seemingly plotting against us, tasks are difficult and time is simply not on our side. On days like those, even the smallest things can seem like giant obstacles in getting through our day. The next time you’re feeling overwhelmed by the stresses of life, try these mood boosters to liven up your day. Read More →
A handicap van can provide a little freedom for a person with a disability or someone caring for a loved one with mobility limitations. It’s hard to put a price on the freedom these vehicles can provide, however the fact remains that vans, conversions and specialized equipment all come with some costs. Fortunately, there are a number of ways that make these vehicles more affordable and get you one step closer to driving independence. Read More →
You see them in parking lots, bathrooms, license plates and public transportation. It’s easily recognizable, yet most don’t think about them too much. It’s the handicap symbol, and in New York it’s getting a fresh look after 45 years.
What started as an illegal art project in Rhode Island by Sara Hendren and Brian Glenney soon transformed into a movement for change recognized by the government. Their original idea was to liven up the “stiff, robotic” look into a more active and human looking symbol. The message is to get away from presenting the look as a disability, and rather show that it is still a person in the chair who is still moving forward.
The ability to get in and out of your vehicle easily and comfortably is one of the most important steps in gaining a true sense of freedom. Climbing, twisting and lifting make transferring from a wheelchair into a car’s seat difficult for people with disabilities or limited mobility. While built-in seating is the safest option when driving or riding as a passenger, the physical demands of the transfer process can take a toll on both your body and your caregiver’s. Read More →
With such a wide variety of adaptive vehicle equipment options available, selecting the appropriate features or modifications can become big task. In an effort to facilitate this process, here are the responses to some of the most frequently asked mobility equipment questions. Read More →
Handicap accessible vehicles are a vital part of living for someone with a physical handicap who has to use a wheelchair. It helps to increase their mobility and their freedom. If there was no way safely to transport the person in a wheelchair, then the individual who is handicapped would probably be stranded at home all the time. For a long time, the handicap van was the only way to transport the wheel chair.
With today’s technology and the help of groups like NMEDA, handicap accessible vehicles have come a long way. NMEDA stands for National Mobility Equipment Dealer’s Association. NMEDA is a not for profit trade association of mobility equipment dealers, manufacturers, driver rehabilitation specialists and other professionals. NMEDA is dedicated to the ability and safety for people with disabilities to drive or be transported in vehicles modified with mobility equipment. All of our members work together improving the transportation options for people with disabilities.
As a group, we offer additional educational training to help to ensure current knowledge of the mobility equipment. One of the courses we offer online is the NMEDA Certification Program. This program is for our members only and for service department technicians. This program is intended to standardize technical competency for the automotive mobility industry. This certification is very important; it proves your abilities and shows that you are one of the best in the business. These credentials are recognized throughout NMEDA’s membership. Becoming a member requires some steps from those applying. They must fill out the application, complete the classes, and pass the test with at least an 80%. This certification will have to be renewed every two years.
We also offer a Dealer Sales Training Online Course. This course is for anyone working in the fields of mobility equipment sales, service and support. This is to ensure that all the staff dealing in the sales, service and support of the mobility equipment has the general knowledge of the working equipment and its safety. This program is also designed so that the sales staff will be able to help the customers to make the right choices when it comes to the equipment that they need.
When you are looking to purchase a handicap vehicle, check for the nearest NMEDA dealer in your area. Make sure you tell the trained salesperson what you are looking for. Also be sure to tell him all of your driving needs. The sales person is trained to know how to guide you to choose what equipment will best suit your needs. Some dealers will have a variety of new and used vehicles. It will depend on your needs and you financial situation, which way you will want to go.
Knowing if the handicapped person will be driving the vehicle or just a passenger in the vehicle will make a big difference in what options the vehicle will need to be equipped. If the handicapped person will be driving the vehicle, there is a good chance that the vehicle will have to be equipped with hand controls for steering and working the gas and brakes. There are a lot of choices to make when choosing the right handicap accessible vehicles.