Features of Conversion Mini Vans for Those With Disabilities

No matter how much of a homebody a person might be, there always comes a time when you need to get out of the house and get some fresh air.

However, over 25.5 million Americans are reported to have disabilities that limit their travel.  As a result, people with disabilities make much fewer trips than those without. One limitation they face is the availability of wheelchair-accessible vehicles.

Conversion mini vans are vehicles that have been modified to allow wheelchair access. It may have a folding lift installed at the rear or side door. In some cases, conversions can change how the van drives and functions.

Here are three amazing features of handicap van conversions.

1. Multiple Entry Options

Although most people think of sliding doors with ramps for wheelchair-accessible vans, you can actually get the conversion done in multiple different ways.

For example, a rear-entry option involves either a full or half-cut design. The half-cut option typically has a manual door which reduces the cost of the modification.

A benefit of a rear-entry conversion is the ability to seat multiple passengers easily with full power ramps. With a side-entry design, it could take much longer and require more coordination to fit as many people.

2. You Can Modify Your Pre-Existing Vehicle

A major selling point for investing in conversion mini vans is that you can convert a vehicle you already own. This can be especially helpful if you’ve suddenly found yourself needing a wheelchair but don’t want to part with your SUV or truck.

The average wheelchair van conversion can take as long as six weeks to finish, and cost $10,000 at the minimum. However, you can customize the modification however you’d like.

If you can’t afford to convert your vehicle or are otherwise unable to do so because it isn’t a compatible model, you can always buy a previously converted van.

Ability Center offers financing for veterans who can’t afford the upfront costs. The Veterans Program also offers two vehicle modifications over 4 years through the Automobile Adaptive Equipment (AAE) program.

3. Driving Conversions

In previous years, ride-sharing services have proven lackluster when it comes to providing wheelchair-accessible services, despite the People with Disabilities Act. Whether or not they provide accessibility is largely based on what kind of vehicle a driver already owns.

To avoid this problem, you can take the wheel into your own hands.

Driving conversions to your van allow individuals in wheelchairs to use specialty devices to drive their own vehicle. These can include hand controls, touchpads, steering wheel spinner knobs, and more.

Try Out Conversion Mini Vans

Conversion mini vans are a necessary part of regaining your mobility and going wherever you like. Depending on where you live, a vehicle may be the only way for you to regularly get out of the house.

Not sure where to start? Reach out to us with your questions.

The Ability Center provides community resources to help with housing for people with disabilities, as well as resources to compare handicap van conversions in your price range.