Wheelchair Vehicles

Written by Sierra Rein
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Wheelchair vehicles have been around for the last 20 years to help those who can not drive normal passenger cars get to work, school, or to the grocery store on their own. Before these came into existence in the late 1970s, persons with disabilities had to rely on their ambulatory friends and family members to get from one place to another. Those that could not be lifted out of their wheelchairs and into passenger seats were often left home.

However, once personal vans and trucks became completely fitted for wheelchair owners to drive themselves, many people with disabilities began feeling independent once again. They could drive to work or school at any time they wished, and could perform menial tasks, such as picking up the dry cleaning or going to the grocery store, on a daily basis. Recent technologies, such as powered remote controls for doors and lifts, as well as luxurious interiors and electronically-sliding seats, make many of these wheelchair vehicles an honor to own.

The most popular of accessible personal cars are mini-vans and fullsize vans. These can be equipped for more than one wheelchair in addition to seating arrangements for able-bodied passengers. The driver's and passenger's seating areas can be set up with either regular seats or with power tie-down tracks to secure a wheelchair in place.

Financial Aid to Help Towards the Purchase of Wheelchair Vehicles

There are many mobility programs across the nation dedicated to helping persons with disabilities finance or lease wheelchair vehicles for themselves and their families. These programs work with insurance companies, state health departments and auto dealers to arrive at a workable price solution. You must be consulted and evaluated by a professional to see if you physically and financially qualify for financial aid.

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