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.

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Stars Who Buy Handicap Vans and Cool Gifts for Disabled Fans

“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”
― John Bunyan, English author

Anyone who has ever shopped for handicap vans discover one basic truth very early in their search: Handicap vehicles are expensive. (As are most automobiles in general.) For those who aren’t fortunate enough to qualify for grants or dealer financing, the idea of mobility freedom remains nothing more than a dream — a vision of what could be ‘if only’.

Which is why we love to hear stories of famous stars — athletes, entertainers, artists, musicians — generously purchasing handicap vans, wheelchairs, or other mobility equipment for their disabled fans in need. And it doesn’t have to be handicap vehicles. It might be cool gifts for special people that have a huge impact. Continue reading

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Instantly Recognize a Wheelchair Mobility Expert from a Salesperson

Chances are that this is your first time purchasing a wheelchair accessible van. Buying a standard car or truck is a fairly straightforward endeavor. However, wheelchair mobility comes with an entirely new set of features, jargon, and considerations. It can be enough to confuse anyone who is unfamiliar with the industry.

Mobility consultant

Mobility consultants give their customers a new lease on life.

That’s why the role of the wheelchair mobility expert simply can not be overstated. The best mobility experts combine product knowledge and personal compassion to help you sift through the myriad of buying options and choose the right wheelchair van for you. So let’s take a look at what separates a wheelchair mobility expert from a common car salesperson — as well as how to tell the difference when you get to the showroom. Continue reading

Hand controls for driving

Advances in Hand Controls for Driving Adaptable Vehicles

The development of handicap hand controls for driving has opened new opportunities for special needs drivers with physical limitations. Let’s take a closer look at this adaptable mobility phenomenon — how it’s taken advantage of new technologies and what the future might hold for hand controls for cars.

Adapting the traditional steering wheel to drivers with disabilities has taken researchers on some fairly ingenious routes of development. From rotating knobs to grip extensions to braking and acceleration, handicap hand controls for driving are improving both accessibility and control. As we come closer to the dawn of the self-driving vehicle age, here are some of the most recent advancements in handicap hand controls. Continue reading

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The Ford Wheelchair Van versus the Honda Mobility Van

The Honda mobility van — the pride of Japanese auto-making. The Ford wheelchair van — an American automotive icon. When it comes to make and model, does a brand name really make a difference with respect to adaptable mobility? Let’s find out as we take a closer look at two of the biggest names in the industry.

There are two basic methods people use to select a particular vehicle make. The first in through history — they choose one over the other because that’s the way their families have always done it. The second is through detailed comparison — placing makes side-by-side and weighing the various qualities of each objectively. For the sake of this exercise, we’ll compare the Honda mobility van and the Ford wheelchair van using Method #2. Continue reading

Used wheelchair van

The 3 Top Used Wheelchair Van Myths and Mysteries Exposed

Unfortunately, purchasing a used wheelchair van is typically a forced reaction to some negative life event. It could be the result of the onset of old age or an accident that results in paralysis. Regardless of the cause, the need for a used wheelchair van is thrust upon the unexpected.

For those that are just beginning your search for a used wheelchair van, the initial sources of information might include the Internet, friends and family, and coworkers and colleagues. As you might expect, the swirl of subjective opinions, ‘he said-she said’ stories, and even the occasional horror story can produce several myths and mysteries. Here are three common misconceptions that you might hear — and the truth behind them. Continue reading

Wheelchair van conversions

What Most Influences the Price of Wheelchair Van Conversions?

As you might expect, there is no single answer to this question. Unlike traditional cars and trucks, wheelchair van conversions have several additional mechanical systems that add cost. That’s why it’s important to identify the various elements that affect price to determine where the smartest places are to spend your money.

While they certainly have their differences, traditional vehicles and adaptable mobility vehicles have a common thread — they’re both high-dollar purchases. Wheelchair van conversions are investments in the tens of thousands of dollars that deserve careful consideration and planning. The final purchase price can vary widely based on the following characteristics. Continue reading

Mobility vans

Hi-tech advances in mobility vans and vehicles

Mobile accessibility technology improves the connection of those with special needs to their vehicles — reducing co-dependence and encouraging greater freedom. The latest advances in the field hint at enhanced interaction between mobility vans and special needs drivers and passengers.

True mobility freedom is one of the greater challenges to be faced by individuals with special needs. While many people are in a situation to rely on caregivers for transportation, advances in mobility vans technology are increasing the potential for those with specific disabilities to utilize their cars for travel and engagement with the world. Continue reading

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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