Buyer's Guide > Adaptive Equipment for
Your Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle
Thanks to technological advances in adaptive equipment, people with physical disabilities can experience nearly the same level of driving independence as the rest of the population. BraunAbility wheelchair vans and wheelchair lifts for vans help those with physical challenges attain mobility freedom.
A wheelchair van isn't the only thing our customers need to hit the highway. There are times when vehicle adaptations are necessary for a wheelchair user to drive. One example, Veigel/MPD, manufactures a wide variety of driving controls which may be installed and custom-fitted by a mobility dealer. Some people will also require help learning how to drive and operate their handicap van with driving controls.
Crucial to this training is the role of Driver Rehabilitation Specialist, which ADED (Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists) defines as "one who plans, develops, coordinates and implements driver rehabilitation services for individuals with disabilities."
For someone with a physical disability who wants to drive, a private driving school may play an important role. These facilities will help you train behind the wheel of an accessible vehicle, such as a wheelchair van adapted with hand controls, and will conduct evaluations that will determine whether the student with a disability may be licensed to drive. Some hospitals and rehabilitation centers offer the same training resources.
No matter which type of handicapped vehicle you find yourself in, learning to drive can be a challenging – but very rewarding – experience. To find local resources and rehabilitation driving schools in your area, visit www.driver-ed.org.
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