Handicapped Transportation

Written by Norene Anderson
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Handicapped transportation is available in most communities to assist the elderly or anyone with disabilities to medical appointments and other necessary meetings or agencies. This mode of transportation is often a full-size van with a lift or a ramp and secure tie downs for two or more wheelchairs. For many handicapped individuals, this is the only time they are out of the house or care facility.

The ability to have handicapped transportation custom designed for any special need has afforded the pleasure of travel to thousands of disabled individuals. The return to independence is a major accomplishment for someone confined to a wheelchair and dependent on others. With the optional features available, a van can be designed for the physically challenged to be the driver or the passenger.

The Challenges of Handicapped Transportation

One of the obstacles to conquer as a handicapped driver is shifting gears. Many individuals have either a right-sided weakness or a left-sided weakness. If an individual is weak on the right side, an extension or lever can be adapted to the clutch for ease of changing gears. In some vehicles, it is possible to relocate the shifting system. The choice may be determined by the location of the original equipment and the practicality of relocating.

Many electrical and mechanical devices are available to make handicapped transportation possible for moderate to severely disabled individuals. For those preferring to have someone else do the driving, the conveniences such as a lift, ramp, or a transfer assistance seat can make it easy to travel. Remote controls and power assistance will facilitate moving about and enjoying the ride.


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