Wheelchair Blog from AMS Vans

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A physical disability presents unique challenges for the individual, the family and the caregivers. Our wheelchair blog is here to empower all of you with tips, trends in wheelchair technology, wheelchair news, inspiring stories, insightful interviews, medical breakthroughs, helpful links, the latest in adaptive products, disability news, upcoming events and, of course, information about AMS Vans' wheelchair accessible vehicles. We focus on anything and everything that enriches your life and makes it easier.

Buying a handicap accessible van is a defining moment in the life of an individual who wants manageable mobility beyond the wheelchair. We have handicap vans for sale, and we want to ensure the process—from the moment it begins—is as smooth as possible. When you purchase a wheelchair van from us, the process never truly ends, because you become part of the AMS family. Just like family, we stay in touch and care about your happiness.

We'd love to hear from you—even if it's just to say "hello!" Your thoughts matter, so take time to comment on the articles that interest you, inspire you, or provoke you. Every question, suggestion or concern you share with us helps us make our wheelchair blog better and more useful for all our readers. At AMS Vans, we want to get to know you, and we want you to get to know us!

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The ultimate buyer’s guide to a mobility van with wheelchair lift

Adding a wheelchair lift to your van — or buying a mobility van with a wheelchair lift pre-installed — unlocks new opportunities for accessibility and participation. Use this buyer’s guide to learn how to shop for this critical piece of mobility equipment.

The wheelchair lift is a fully-powered device designed to elevate a wheelchair and its occupant above a vertical plane in homes or vehicles. This lift has been a requirement on all mass transit vehicles since the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. Continue reading

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The wheelchair accessible vehicle buyer persona challenge

You can find out a lot about yourself during the process of shopping for and purchasing big ticket items — think of such products as a new home, a new or used wheelchair accessible vehicle, or a vacation package. There’s just something about that level of consideration and decision-making that reveals the type of person we all are.

As technology offers consumers a variety of new ways to engage with businesses, these advancements have led to revelations concerning buying behaviors and about the type of consumers we really are. While some prefer the convenience and anonymity of shopping online, some still elect to visit brick-and-mortar stores to see and feel adaptable mobility products before they purchase. Continue reading

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Leveling the field of play: Outdoor and athletic accessibility advances

The nationwide push for equal access to facilities for the special needs population has gained noticeable momentum. One vital area of the movement is outdoor accessibility to parks and athletic facilities — such as national parks, training facilities, and sporting arenas.

American philanthropist, founder and chief executive officer of the non-profit organization KaBOOM!, and disability advocate Darell Hammond explains, ‘Growing up in a group home, and with an undiagnosed learning disability to boot, the odds of success were not on my side. But when I joined the high school football team, I learned the value of discipline, focus, persistence, and teamwork – all skills that have proven vital to my career as a C.E.O. and social entrepreneur’. Continue reading

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3 Distinct Ways Wheelchair Vans Adapt to Your Comfort, Purpose

While medical diagnoses can be similar, special abilities and daily needs are unique. So should be the accessible wheelchair vans that meet these daily needs. Let’s discuss three specific elements that wheelchair vans adapt to your comfort and purpose.

Your ability to interact with your accessible vehicle is a critical factor that determines its level of adaptation. For example — if you plan to drive or sit as a front-seat passenger — your vehicle will require a greater degree of accommodation than if you’re simply riding in the middle or rear row areas. Here’s how wheelchair accessible vans hold the potential to transform to meet your unique lifestyle. Continue reading

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3 Reasons Why You Must Shop Factory Direct Handicap Vans for Sale

Every time a product passes through a new set of hands, it must increase in price to create a new profit. Handicap vans for sale are no exception. Here are 3 reasons why buying from a factory direct source, or authorized dealer, guarantees you get the best product version for the lowest price possible.

The ‘middleman’ is responsible for driving up the costs of goods and services sold around the world. With some products, this connection between seller and buyer is necessary, due to distance or rarity. However, handicap vans should never fall into the clutches of the middleman. AMS Vans is a factory direct seller. Continue reading

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Disability Expenses and 5 Myths Surrounding the ABLE Act

21 states currently offer these special needs savings accounts for disability expenses — with more states to follow. Products of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, ABLE Accounts empower individuals with significant disabilities to save and invest. Here’s an overview along with 5 of the biggest ABLE myths dispelled.

The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act — better known to special needs advocates as ABLE — is legislation designed to level the playing field with respect to saving and investing money earmarked for disability-related expenses. The ABLE Act allows individuals to save this money tax-free without jeopardizing their eligibility for public benefits such as SSI or SSDI. Continue reading

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Mobile Accessibility Elude Rideshare Programs: Wheelchair Riders Left Stranded, Confused

The rideshare revolution is in full swing. But with all of the democratic ways to get about town, the special needs community is often left stranded. Find out why mobile accessibility rideshare options are scarce. Learn what the courts have to say. And, discover new mobile accessibility rideshare mod must-haves.

The United States has a tongue-in-cheek tradition of being slow to adapt new technologies to minority populations — even the second most populous minority in the land. So, it should be no surprise that the wheelchair riders routinely miss out on new mobile accessibility rideshare technologies.

Today, we examine the issue of rideshare mobile accessibility — from the streets to the courts to the future. Continue reading

Rear-entry wheelchair accessible vans

Rear-entry wheelchair accessible van benefits that deserve your attention

You’re thinking about purchasing a special needs vehicle. You ask yourself the question: What kind of van — rear-entry or side-entry — should I buy? Because knowing is half the battle, we’ll rundown the benefits of the rear-entry wheelchair access vehicle that make this a smart choice for adaptable mobility.

Wheelchair accessible vehicle technology has created some unique rear-entry access designs. When you get a quick look at the primary elements of the rear-entry van, you might decide that this is a special needs vehicle worth owning. Continue reading

Side-entry wheelchair accessible vans

Why side-entry wheelchair accessible vans are creating a buzz in mobility

Individuals with special needs who are in the market for a new vehicle have a choice to make — rear-entry or side-entry. While the answer depends on your unique abilities, you should know that the side-entry wheelchair accessible is trending right now. Here’s more on what all the buzz is about in the world of adaptable mobility.

Side-entry wheelchair accessible van technology is giving special needs individuals travel possibilities that they never considered before. The configuration elements of this popular conversion style might just get your attention enough to make you pull out your wallet. Continue reading

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AMS Vans makes wheelchair accessible van rentals easy and affordable

Everyone gets cases of cabin fever from time to time. But just the thought of renting a wheelchair accessible van — with the hassles of paperwork and inevitable expense — can be enough to keep you from making a move. That’s why AMS Vans has streamlined the process and made the whole thing remarkably affordable.

Life is tough when everything is going well. The process of renting an adaptable mobility van shouldn’t make things any harder — especially when you get the urge to get out of the house and see the world. But AMS Vans has solved the challenges of the hassle-free van rental. Continue reading