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5 Futuristic Special Needs Technology Advancements That You’ll Just Have to See to Believe

Thought-driven bionic limbs. Eye-controlled computers. Advances in social robotics. With more awareness and funding available for special needs individuals than ever before, the cutting-edge of assistive and adaptive technology is a sight to behold. Here are 5 of our favorite special needs technology advances.

1. Introduction of the first bionic spinal cord

With recent successes in bionic limbs that include thought-controlled legs and arms, a team of Australian scientists — backed by a $2.5M sponsorship from the U.S. Army — is attempting to develop the first thought-controlled bionic spinal cord to assist soldiers with disabilities.

The implant will empower the user to control robotic limbs using only their thoughts for a period of five years. In fact, the signal has the capacity to control not only a robotic limb, but a mobile device, mobility device, or exoskeleton. Continue reading

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The Smartest Household Hacks, Tips, and Tricks for Accessible Living that You’re Likely to See Today

The goal is simple: increase accessible living and decrease effort and reliance. So for individuals with special needs and abilities, sometimes it’s the most direct solutions that provide the greatest degrees of mobility and accessibility in everyday life. Therefore, these household hacks, tips, and tricks are a great place to start.

Making repetitive movements shorter and easier for every room

Half-steps for Elevation. First, accessible living easily made from common materials. Half-steps can be created for just about every type of regular staircase in your home. Simply build rectangular boxed platforms of varying heights and include non-skid strips for traction. Then paint or stain to match the room decor. Perfect for moving from entry areas to main areas, as well as for garages and porches. Continue reading

Wheelchair Vans with Lifts

What does the Ford Transit van with mobility conversion do better than any other wheelchair accessible vehicle?

Most wheelchair accessible vehicles do just one or two things very well. Some are known for a great deal of interior room. Others offer multiple configurations for versatile adaptations. And, some mobility conversions boast handling and maneuverability. But the Ford Transit van can do it all.  

Combination of style and substance: Unique features that now come standard

Perhaps the most critical consideration for any full-size wheelchair conversion van is its versatility. The new Ford transit van has been reconsidered and reconfigured to meet a variety of transportation possibilities. Continue reading

Accessible Vacations Amenities To Meet Your Special Needs

8 Must-have Accessible Vacations Amenities To Meet Your Special Needs

When it comes to accessible vacations, there are a few specific amenities that simply must be considered before you go. The best wheelchair and handicap accessible vacations start with attention to the following adaptation details.

This blog is for the newly-initiated into the world of special needs accessibility. Until the entire world is created with special needs individuals in mind, you’re probably spending additional time planning accessible vacations that ensure potential destinations adequately meet your unique disability. The AMS Vans family has created the following checklist of 8 must-have amenities to verify exist at your next holiday locale. Continue reading

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Know the Worth of Your Wheelchair

If you want a good thing to last, you have to give it some TLC, right?

You eat clean so that your body stays happy and healthy. You call your best friend every day so that your relationship can stay in tact and flourish. You sit in front of your TV screen mimicking the moves of a hippie yoga instructor that you’ve never met so that you can keep your blood pumping. Continue reading

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Hand controls on a Maserati?

Are you tired of being given a list of things that you can’t do?

Well we here at AMS Vans, Inc. are about to give you something to add to the list of things you can do!

Drive! 

That’s right! And you don’t have to get rid of the car you love in order to do it! Continue reading

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Holiday Travel Tips

Traveling for the holidays? Going to your son’s house to see his family? Ditching to cold to relax in Hawaii on Christmas morning?

Well, we here at AMS Vans, Inc. know how finding good wheelchair transportation can make the holidays harder than they need to be.

In the midst of booking flights or hotel accommodations, it’s important to check on a few things! Continue reading

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Veterans Day is Here Again

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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. Continue reading

Sundays are for________

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We know how stressful Sunday nights can be as you face an upcoming week full of new hurtles you know are coming your way. Because we get that there are just some things that you cannot possibly plan to be prepared for, we want to help you prepare for the things that you can tackle beforehand.

Let’s give yourself a buffer for the unexpected with some quick and easy planning cheat codes that you can accomplish on a Sunday before your week starts! That way you can breathe easy come Monday morning!

Sunday is for planning your week: Check out your calendar on Sunday, scoping for an idea on what’s coming up, what appointments you have to show up to, what events you need to attend and be front and center at for your kids, what days you need to pack lunches and what days you can plan to rest. Give yourself a heads up on what’s coming so that you can eliminate as many surprises as possible!

Sunday is for meal planning: Hate how you always find yourself asking, “What should be for dinner tonight?” Well think ahead! Make a list on Sunday of all the meals that you can prepare for the week (and all the opportunities to eat left overs). Once you come up with a plan for every breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the upcoming week, you eliminate any stress that comes with not knowing what you are going to do at the end of a long day for dinner or food the next day!

Senior Shopping at the supermarketSunday is for grocery shopping + meal prep: Now that you’ve got your meal plan figured out for the week, it’s time to shop! One thing I’ve found myself doing on Sundays now is cooking meals for the week! With one shopping trip on Sunday, you can buy everything you need for the whole week, and cook half of it that night! That way, when you come home after a long day, it’s as easy as warming something up on the stove to serve to the family! This opens your nights up to get breakfast and lunch ready for the next day! Get ahead of the scrambling and stress!!

Sunday is for cleaning + laundry: Nothing can bring a damper on your week quite like having laundry to do can. Make sure you don’t run out of anything half way through the week by just doing large loads of laundry throughout your day Sunday! Tidy up and reorganize around the house so that you feel better when you can rest in a clean house. Remember, organization and cleanliness is a good way to beat depression and anxiety!

Sunday is for outfit planning: Give yourself a buffer in the morning! Let’s be honest, ladies– half of our morning routines when it comes to getting ready for the day involved picking out what we’re going to wear! Maybe we’d get a little more sleep if we already knew what we were going to wear every day! So go ahead and pick your clothes out on Sunday. Organize your outfits together in your closet or go ahead and lay them out so you don’t have to stress about it the morning of!

Sunday is for cleaning your purse out: The parent life can look a lot like a tornado struck inside a purse or backpack after a long week. Candy, snacks, lose change, make-up, papers, etc. can end up jumbled around, cluttering up your bag and your life. So take the time Sunday to clean it up and do away with things you don’t need!

Sunday is for paperwork: Go through your mail and notices and check to see what appointments or events you need to mark down on the calendar for the upcoming weeks. Don’t get caught off guard by a bill you forgot to pay or a day you were supposed to bring snacks to class for everyone!

Now you’re ready for your week! We know every Monday is a chance for curve balls to get thrown your way, so be prepared! It’s always good to pencil in time for the unexpected, for rest, and for some extra fun! That’s what Sundays are for!