Saturday, January 06, 2007

Vans for wheelchair users

If you have a friend or relative with a physical disability, which makes him/her a wheelchair user, then you can understand the challenges they face all the time, especially when traveling.

Modifying a vehicle to van to make it accessible to a wheelchair can be really expensive. To enable my wife's grandfather - Atok, who's a wheelchair user, to ride comfortably without getting off his wheel chair, they bought a Naza Ria. It was then modified “MTV Pimp my Ride” style with a hydraulic ramp in the back. Read my posts here and here.

The total cost for modifying the car was quite expensive but it was well worth it because it made life much easier for Atok.

If you have something similar in mind, I recommend you check out this site on handicap equipped vans. They have a number of topics. One discusses whether you should buy a full sized van or a mini van(the latter handling better on the road and getting superior gas mileage but potentially not spacious enough for some users. Another interesting and very important topic is regarding safety. They have provided a link to the NHTSA brochure: Adapting Motor Vehicles for People with Disabilities. Wish I had found this site earlier.

This is a sponsored post.

p.s. Just cam to know that the term "wheelchair-bound" is politically incorrect. The right term is "Wheelchair User".


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