Handicap Accessible Car
Not all handicap accessible vehicles are manufactured with equal quality. The mobility and comfort of accessible vehicle depends not only on its design, but also largely on the type of equipment present in the car. The specific needs of the occupant would help to identify the proper configuration of the wheelchair accessible vehicle as well as the aids of accompanying mobility. Generally, handicapped equipment is designed to make it easier for people with disability to travel on the road.
Alternative Communication DeviceA handicapped person is more susceptible when he or she travels on the road alone. To provide the utmost support, adaptive mobility systems can include communication equipment, which provides assistance through the use of technology. Handheld devices or portable computer systems like those from Mayer-Johnson Systems of DynaVox are classic examples of alternative communication devices. Although geared towards people with speech disability, they are valuable tools for any handicap traveling on the road.
Turning Automotive SeatingThe car is said to be an extension of home. Therefore, it is important to make the wheelchair accessible vehicle as comfortable your home, especially for people with disability. One way to achieve it is to install turning automotive seating, which makes the loading and unloading of the wheelchair and the user easier. Yet, this special feature is not found in every handicap accessible vehicle. This works by allowing the chair to rotate out of the vehicle and be lowered to a comfortable level so that the disabled can be transferred on to the vehicle easily from the wheelchair. It can also be raised and rotated inward to place the disabled person into the vehicle. The process is reversed when the person leaves the wheelchair accessible vehicle.
Auto Lowering Rear SuspensionThis feature is useful for vehicles using a long channel rear entry or similar configuration. By allowing the rear suspension to adjust the angle of incline, the ramp can be less steep. This will allow the wheelchair bound the disabled so that the user can easily gain entry to the handicap accessible vehicle. This feature is extra useful for people with disability who have manual wheelchairs and limited use of their arms.
Hand ControlsNot all handicapped travelers are content to be the passengers in their own vehicles. Some people with disability have limited use of their feet and legs but maximum control over their upper body. In this case, the handicapped driver can benefit from the installation of hand control devices. This type of handicap equipment installs rods connected to the conventional accelerator and brake pedals of the car, allowing the handicap to drive the vehicle with his hands. You can check for the presence of this adaptive mobility device before buying handicap vans for sale.
Removable or Folding Front Passenger SeatSome handicap accessible vehicles make use of the side entry configuration. This type of design is ideal if the wheelchair bound person prefers to be in the front passenger or driver seat. A front seat that can be detached or folded forward to provide space for the wheelchair is a desirable feature in this case.
Full Power OptionsIt can be conceded that most handicapped or disabled individuals do not have the same upper or lower body strength as more able bodied people. Installing power options into a handicap accessible vehicle will make it easier for the disabled user to benefit from the amenities. Power functions may include central locking, power steering, electric windows, and even cruise control. These options provide comfort and additional mobility to the handicapped driver or passenger.
Modified for Wheelchair SeatingDepending on the size of the handicap accessible vehicle (whether full size or minivan), seating configuration can be specified to position the wheelchair closest to the wheelchair lift. In most instances, a conventional full size van would allow seating for up to four normal people and approximately four wheelchairs. Based on your specific needs, you may want to modify this configuration. Using a specialized chair like a jump seat can also provide your vehicle with additional room for wheelchair seating.
Wheelchair Electronic StrapsSecuring wheelchairs inside the vehicle can sometimes be a bit challenging. Specific electronic straps to conversion shops can make the wheelchair seat fitted more to the needs of the disabled. This handicap equipment allows proper adjustments of the straps in such a way that the wheelchair will be adequately secured while the handicapped person remains comfortably seated.
Special Equipment for Special NeedsDepending on the actual passengers that will be using the handicap accessible vehicle, some vans may require installation of additional special equipment. Wheelchair for athletes is designed with a wider base compared to conventional manual or electronic wheelchairs. This means that it may require a wider ramp or you might need to purchase a portable ramp as an added access service in this particular situation.
Climate ControlNot all places experience the same type of weather at the same time. Installation of an air conditioning unit (or heater) can make your ride more comfortable under different weather conditions. A conversion shop may give you the option to convert to a manual powered air conditioning system.
Mobility, safety, and comfort are the three most common concerns for people with disability traveling on the road. Making sure that the vehicle is in an excellent condition and equipping it with necessary handicap equipment that serve the specific needs of the handicap driver or passenger will help to address these concerns. The major determinant should always be based on the needs of those who will use it, as well as the projected manner of usage.