Is It Time for Me to Use an Accessible Van?

Feb 18, 2014
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For people whose disability requires using a wheelchair, it’s all about staying active and living life to the fullest. If it’s not, it should be. When your activities, dreams, and ambition are held back by a lack of suitable transportation, it might be time to think about getting a van equipped for accessibility.

Here are five moments in life when it’s time to seriously consider getting a personal mobility vehicle:

1.    “My child is too heavy for me to lift into our car.”

Parents of a small child who uses a wheelchair can get by without a vehicle adapted for accessibility early in the child’s life, when it’s easy to lift the child from her wheelchair and transfer her to a seat in car. As she gets older, she’ll grow too heavy to lift without effort and risk to both child and parent. A minivan with a side entry conversion will remove the risk—and have plenty of room for her friends, too!

2.    “My wife’s disability now requires a wheelchair.” 

Many chronic illnesses and conditions begin with mild symptoms that worsen over time. Should it get to the point when a mobility device is necessary, it may be necessary to look into a new or used ramp van to help maintain quality of life moving forward.

3.    “I’m taking up wheelchair racing!”

That’s the spirit! There are more opportunities than ever for people who use wheelchairs to compete in sports or simply stay active on a regular basis. Rather than squeezing a sports wheelchair, a person in an everyday wheelchair, and bulky equipment into a standard car, make your active lifestyle no sweat with a vehicle especially designed for personal wheelchair accessibility. There’s plenty of room for a wheelchair passenger, other passengers, and equipment!

4.    “He got accepted to a college out West!”

Your son, who uses a wheelchair, just got accepted to an out-of-state university. Congratulations! If he’s been driving the old family van for the past couple of years, it might be time to replace it so he has a more reliable means of accessible transportation on campus. The ever-growing number of used vans in today’s market makes accessible transportation surprisingly affordable for most budgets—even one that’s investing in a college education!

5.    “Dad has to come live with us.”  

Life takes many turns, and often, an adult child must unexpectedly bear the responsibility of taking in and caring for a parent with limited mobility.  Safety, health, and quality of life—for the entire family—can be far less of a concern with the convenience of a personal accessible van. The beauty of a minivan converted for wheelchair access is its versatility; it’s basically a family car with an accommodation.

At these moments, when your world takes a 180-degree turn, you can help your life take a turn for the better—more affordably than you think.

It’s impossible to judge the value of an accessible van until you need one, and the difference between having and not having personal accessible transportation when you need it is beyond measure.

Author: Susan Hawkins

  • bobl07

    Thanks Susan for stating the important role driving plays in having a healthy active lifestyle for people with disabilities.