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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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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.

1. Know the accessible vacations with reputations for special needs adaptability

Wheelchair accessible vacations known for full-adaptability include large and small cruise ship vacations, domestic and international safaris, and several European tourism sectors. Searches that start there will inevitably lead to other uncommon — yet pleasantly surprising — options.

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2. Focus on the activities that meet disabled access vacation requirements

Thankfully, this is a list of amazing adventures that grows every year. Accessible vacations activities include sailing, scuba diving, sky diving, amusement parks, swimming, and sightseeing. Check specially abled forums and social media accounts for even more ideas.

3. Check potential destination websites for access statements on accessibility

Access statements represent critical information that a resort or vacation business uses to let everyone know they’re welcome to the facility — no matter what their special need might be. This is a constantly changing document that lists the accessible vacations amenities that are or are not available.

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4. Review floor plans of facilities and accommodations for inclusivity

The best handicap accessible vacations feature most — if not all — facilities and accommodations on a single floor for wheelchair access. If not, then elevators with wide doors should be present, operational, and publicized before you book your adventure.

5. Find accessible vacations destinations featuring adaptive technology options

This might include the use of text-to-speech software or text-to-Braille hardware for the visually impaired, wheelchair lifts to multiple levels of a single-floor conference room, or resort communication technologies for guests with mobility issues.

6. Check room configurations for wheelchair accessible vacations potential

An appropriately inclusive room might include everything from specifically appointed and designed beds to fully accessible showers and bathrooms. Look for open floor plans with easy access to the parking lot and excursion loading areas of the building.

7. Ask the right questions of your travel professional before you book

If you’re working with a travel agency or planning professional, ask him or her:

  • Does your vacation insurance cover pre-existing medical conditions?
  • Does your vacation insurance cover wheelchair/equipment repair/replacement?
  • Can you make accessible accommodation a ‘requirement’ rather than a ‘request’?
  • Can you guarantee this room will be available upon arrival?
  • Are the other accessible vacations facilities and beach accessible?
  • Is there assistance available at the origin and destination airport?
  • If the transfer bus at the destination is not accessible, is there an alternative accessible taxi service?

8. Consider the adaptability and comfort of a wheelchair accessible RV

Larger vans, custom buses, minivans, and RVs are making huge inroads into the world of accessible vacations. Some buy and some rent — but special needs vacationers love the privacy and functionality of these adaptable vehicles. A bus or an RV solves many of the irritations and challenges of travel.

Let AMS Vans get you to your next accessible vacations destination. Whether you decide to rent or to buy, we have a remarkable inventory of new and used wheelchair accessible vans — and mobility equipment — all sensibly priced to help make your next holiday fully-adaptable and absolutely unforgettable.

About AMS Vans

America’s Mobility Superstore is a national wheelchair accessible van dealer and manufacturer with a mission to deliver the industry’s best wheelchair accessible vans and adapted mobility equipment that meet the unique needs of our specially-abled customers at a price they can afford. With over 20 years of dedicated service to helping thousands of amazing people realize true mobility freedom, the AMS Vans nationwide family is growing every day.

Tips on Dating this Valentine’s Day

young disabled man and girlfriend at a cafe

Valentine’s day is right around the corner, and we want to talk about how accessible we think dating can be!

With these easy steps, you can find a date and impress them with a fun-filled night!

Step One: Find a dating website that’s right for you!

– Special Bridge
Dating 4 Disabled
– Disabled Passions
Whispers 4 You

Step Two: Create a profile, and don’t be afraid to be honest about your specific situation!

Step Three: The Date — Choose somewhere that you know is wheelchair accessible!

Ideas:
– Bowling
– Dinner
– Movie
– Visit an Art Gallery/Museum
– Cook together

And remember — don’t try to hide your disability. You have to own it, and be honest about it. But it’s also not who you are, so don’t spend the night focusing on it or only talking about it!

So, what happens when you’ve planned everything and met your match online?

You’ll need date-night transportation! Look up accessible van rentals. If you’re in the Atlanta, GA or Houston, TX areas, AMS Vans has several vans to choose from! Call now to check availability at 877-621-4029! (If that date goes well, we also rent weekly and monthly for more getaways and can even deliver way outside those areas!)

That’s it! You’re set to having the perfect night that’s full of independence and LOVE! 

Happy Valentine’s Day from your AMS Vans family!

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.

So why wouldn’t you take care of your wheelchair?

We’re here to help you with your wheelchair and accessible equipment upkeep! Follow these simple steps, and you’ll keep your wheelchair in shape with ease!

Just like keeping your house clean one room at a time, taking care of your wheelchair takes baby steps!

CtW95U7WAAA2JRd– Clean it! Take time once or twice a week to wipe down your wheelchair, also checking for any tears that you might need to get repaired immediately!

– Another weekly step: check the nuts and bolts. You can use a wrench for this! Tighten any loose ones, and replace anything that is dangerous!

– Just like any other thing on wheels, you should be checking your wheelchair tire pressure frequently! You won’t have a light that will come on when they’re running low like you do in your car, so it’s up to you to make sure that your tires are filled! Then you need to do the little things like cleaning the tread and making sure your wheels don’t need to be replaced! (They will bulge outwards or throw off wheel alignment, and that’s how you’ll know that it’s time to get new ones!)

– Checking out your framework is important, too! Lo14500175_10154008305877104_8184649916152933801_o (1)ok for any cracks or damage or movement barriers!

Taking care of your wheelchair will ensure it a longer lifespan! However, is something does happen to go wrong or it’s time for an upgrade, AMS Vans, Inc. does offer Pride Mobility chairs, Jazzy chairs, and even the Whill with blue tooth and multiple terrain options! It never hurts to check out newer models, and sometimes your wheelchair van requires a certain sized wheelchair!

If you have questions about the chairs and services that AMS Vans, Inc. offers, give us a call at 877-621-4029!

You can also visit www.amsvans.com to view the wheelchairs and scooters that we offer in our inventory!