Vehicle Mobility Aids for Wheelchairs and Scooters

Considering the purchase of a handicap accessible vehicle? There are a number of important decisions to be made as you begin your search. The first question is, will you seek a vehicle that has already been modified, or will you do the modification to the vehicle after you purchase it? If you are looking for assistance in answering this question, you may consider locating a certified driver rehabilitation specialist (CDRS). They are specialists in equipment selection, fit and training.

Vehicles are accessed by either a ramp or a lift. There are four main types of lifts:

1) The platform lift is a permanent installation on a vehicle, and it folds up and down to receive and carry a wheelchair or scooter.

2) A rotary or swing lift is used on private vehicles and swings out on a post and lowers to the ground. It takes up less room than a platform lift.

3) A hoist lift is typically used to pick up and lift just a wheelchair or scooter on straps into the vehicle.

4) The under vehicle lift is stored under the vehicle in an enclosure, sliding out when needed.

Portable and powered ramps are available for use with accessible vans. The powered ramp is activated in association with a powered door.

When you consider how to finance your accessible vehicle including adaptive aids, it may be worthwhile to consult some of the major automobile manufacturer programs such as the GM Mobility Program, Chrysler Automobility Program, Toyota Mobility Program and the Ford Mobility Motoring Program.