Adaptive Mobility Equipment

Written by Norene Anderson
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Adaptive mobility equipment covers a wide scope of devices to make travel possible and comfortable for the physically disabled. One of the first things to consider is the transportation vehicle. A minivan or full-size van can be easily adapted to accommodate even the most severely disabled individual.

Allowances for entry and exit are adjusted to provide a ramp or a lift for wheelchair or scooter access. These can be electronically powered or manual, but most are powered. This allows the wheelchair occupant to be in control of coming and going without requiring an assistant. The entry can be either rear entry or side entry. The specific van design and ramp or lift design will determine the best location.

A Variety of Adaptive Mobility Equipment

For the physically challenged driver, adaptive mobility equipment offers the opportunity to retain the right and ability to drive. Technological advancements have made it possible to control virtually every aspect of driving from a joystick control. The control is designed in such a way that safeguards prevent accidentally mistaking the brake for the accelerator. Even the turn signals, power windows, and all other secondary controls are on a touch pad.

If you are new to the concept of using adaptive mobility equipment, you must take the time to learn the techniques before you will be given the privilege to drive. There are rehabilitation centers across the nation specializing in training joystick driving. With all the equipment that is available for the physically challenged, travel, sightseeing, and shopping are all possible to enjoy. Independence is a reality.


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