Helpful Resources for Wheelchair Users

wheelchair resources

A complete list of resources for those who require adaptive equipment.

If you or a loved one has mobility difficulties, being aware of any and all available resources can help you in a variety of ways. Transportation for visits with loved ones, appointments and errands requires much greater planning. For this reason, our mobility van specialists at Classic Vans have put together the following resources for you or your special someone in a wheelchair.

Adaptive Equipment Programs & Information

Adaptive equipment such as wheelchairs, scooters and many other types of devices can greatly enhance the quality of life for someone with a disability. But locating valuable information and funding in regards to these technologies can be overwhelming.

Browse the following programs and websites to help you in your search for the right equipment for you:

ChairDex

ChairDex is essentially an online glossary of wheelchair brands, accessories, studies, support groups and more.

Project MEND

Project MEND is an organization that helps those who cannot afford wheelchairs or other adaptive equipment obtain quality, pre-owned devices. Each year, the organization provides over 1,500 individuals with the equipment they need to live better.

Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA)

The MDA helps provide equipment such as gently used wheelchairs, shower chairs, walkers, canes and communication devices to those living with muscular dystrophy.

International Society of Wheelchair Professionals (ISWP)

The ISWP is an organization that links the need for development of wheelchair technology with those who require them. ISWP sells wheelchairs directly on their website, which are developed with evidence-based practices and research that benefits all individuals seeking an adaptive device.

Advocacy Programs

Living with a disability can be a challenge. However, being aware of your rights can help you navigate difficult situations.

American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)

The American Association of People with Disabilities works to advocate and connect people with the resources they need to be their best selves. AAPD hosts many events and offers tons of opportunities to get involved with increasing the political and economic power of those with disabilities.

Office of Disability Employment Program (ODEP)

ODEP works to increase the success of Americans with disabilities in the workplace. If you have any questions/concerns about your rights as a disabled worker, refer to ODEP.

Disability Rights Education and Defense Forum (DREDF)

DREDF is a national law and policy center dedicated to protecting the rights of those with disabilities. They have tons of useful resources on obtaining legal services, education, healthcare and more!

Vehicle Manufacturer Programs for Wheelchair Users

If you feel comfortable driving, or have a caretaker or family member who can help get you places, owning a wheelchair conversion van can make your life a whole lot easier. You may be thinking, Yeah, but aren’t mobility vans expensive? How do I pay for one?.

Yes, mobility conversion vans require extra expertise and equipment that can be quite pricey. However, there are various programs that manufacturers have established to help offset the costs of wheelchair equipped vans.

Chrysler/Dodge Mobility Rebate Program

Chrysler FCA has set up a Drivability Program to help give rebates to those requiring a vehicle modification for a mobility impairment. Customers who buy or lease any new Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram of Fiat vehicle are eligible for a maximum reimbursement of up to $1,000. Other Chrysler Corporation vehicles and trucks are eligible for other reimbursements as well.

Contact information for Chrysler’s automobility program: (800) 255-9877 or (800) 922-3826

GM Mobility Program

General Motors has a Mobility Assistance Program, which also offers rebates of up to $1,000 for those who purchase GM vehicles and need to make a modification or add adaptive equipment. GM requires you take your van to a certified NMEDA (National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association) installer as well as complete a driver evaluation.

Contact information for GM’s mobility assistance program: (800) 833-0312 or (800) 833- 9935

Ford Mobility Motoring Program

Through its Mobility Motoring Program, Ford will provide customers with funds for up to $1,000 towards the price of the installation/modification of a Ford vehicle for wheelchair users.

Contact information for Ford’s mobility program: (800-952-2248)

Toyota Mobility Program

https://www.toyotamobility.com

Toyota’s Mobility Program will offer buyers of new vehicles up to $1,000 in rebates for the installation/modification of their Toyota vehicles. Toyota partners with BraunAbility and Vantage Mobility International to help customers get the quality equipment and  modifications they need.

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