Disability Law

Knowledge is power. Our AMS Vans blog posts on disability law help explain legislation and emerging issues that impact your life. We’ll make you aware of the latest changes and additions to state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to people with disabilities. Topics include disability discrimination, accessibility, healthcare, and policies and services that are being changed or created to protect and empower people living with disabilities. We’ll help you understand how Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) legislation protects your housing, educational and employment rights.

Veterans Day is Here Again

These veterans now serve here on our team at AMS Vans, Inc! We appreciate all that you've done and all that you continue to do!

These veterans now serve here on our team at AMS Vans, Inc! We appreciate all that you’ve done and all that you continue to do!

On days like today, words fall short. We know any move that we make to show our appreciation will be inadequate in comparison to the sacrifice that has been made. Still, we are thankful. We are thankful for the sacrifices, and you do not go unseen by all.

Though we know that we could never repay those who have given their lives to serve this country and those living in the freedom fought for, we do want to take today to remind our veterans of what we can offer them in appreciation here at AMS Vans, Inc.

We accept the VA Auto Grant form: 21-4502 and Application for Adaptive EQ form: 10-1394.

There are grants available for non-service related injuries – To catch the latest information –click on this link to learn more about what information has been reported from the VA.gov website on service-related injuries –> http://www.amsvans.com/blog/disabled-veterans-grants-for-wheelchair-vans-adaptive-equipment/

If you are a Disabled Veteran who has been injured either during service or has a non-service related injury and you are trying to receive funding for adaptive equipment such as a handicap van or to convert an existing vehicle into a wheelchair accessible van, here are some resources that may be able to assist you in your process of finding grants or basic funding for adaptive equipment –> http://www.amsvans.com/blog/disabled-veterans-associated-programs-for-handicap-van-funding/

This may just be a day to stand aside and reflect, to show our gratefulness for the sacrifice, but we know full well that Veterans Day is every day for the families we lift up on November 11 every year. One day isn’t enough to display our gratitude.

Catching Handicap Parking Law Breakers

illegal handicap parkingIt’s a crime that has raged on for decades and very simply, there’s almost never a situation where the law breaker isn’t aware that they’re breaking the law. The crime? Parking in a handicap parking spot when you’re not legally allowed.

Very simply, it’s a case of lazy able-bodied individuals that don’t want to walk so far. In most cases, the worst parking space at the mall is typically under 100 yards from the door.

What’s even more surprising is that the rules are not rocket science. If you have a disability that doesn’t allow you to walk long distances, you simply apply for permit and you (and only you) are allowed to park in the special parking spots  by simply displaying the permit from your rear view mirror.  And it can’t be used by someone else when you’re not there.  That’s not a lot of rules to remember, but it’s a rule broken every day.

The most important thing to remember is that if you’re illegally taking up one of these parking areas, you’re taking the spot away from individuals that actually need it. People with varying levels of disabilities simply must have that option.

What’s even more scary is just how rampant the problem has become. The small town of Niles, Ohio wrote 22 citations in under 2 months and the violators come from all walks of life including state politicians and even police officers.

Websites like HandicappedFraud.org puts the power of angered citizens online by allowing you to report violators and we’ve even covered an app by Parking Mobility that allows you to report them on the go.

The video below from 20/20 that covers a sting operation goes to show that it’s not a scenario of individuals that aren’t aware of their wrong-doings, but people who are blatantly trying to game the system and in reality, they themselves don’t even believe the words that come out of their mouths knowing full well what they were doing.

What’s your message to these people? Comment below.