Technology

Technology has been improving our lives for decades—especially in the realm of disabilities. AMS Vans stays up to speed on innovation, and we bring that progress to you in articles that reveal how designers and engineers push the envelope to improve wheelchairs and mobility scooters. Advances in technology have enabled AMS Vans to provide you with an easy-to-operate wheelchair accessible van that gets you where you need to go. In our Technology section, we give you the scoop on disability and accessibility technologies—emerging technologies, mobility equipment, adaptive equipment for auto and home, and medical tools that help people with disabilities live and work independently. We also provide information about organizations and assistance programs that may help you pay for this technology. Definitely a good read!

Van with wheelchair lift

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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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

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

How to Have a Happy Halloween!

We get it: Halloween can be a hard holiday for specially-abled families! If you don’t live in a neighborhood, that means loading up in your van after every trick-or-treat stop. Not to mention how frustrating it can be to climb up curbs or make it to the front-door of a house with stairs!

But fear not! We’ve found the solution to the Halloween Horror!

Trunk-or-treating!

What is trunk-or-treating, you ask? Instead of going house to house on Halloween, lines of decorated cars assemble for trunk-or-treaters to peer into their trunks for some Halloween candy!

Because we believe fun should be accessible, here are some van decorating ideas for anyone wanting to decorate their own van for a trunk-or-treat!

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Having trouble figuring out what you can do to dress your kid up for Halloween? We’ve got that covered, too! Check out our Halloween Costume board on Pinterest >> https://www.pinterest.com/amsvans/happy-halloween/

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Veigel Hand Controls Testimonial, Demo | AMS Vans

America’s Mobility Superstore is known nationwide as a leader in wheelchair van sales, but many don’t know that we also adapt other vehicles with handicap accessible equipment.

In this video testimonial, Drew, who has extensive nerve damage in his right leg, talks about and demonstrates his new Veigel Classic II Hand Controls installed by AMS Vans. The device smoothly transfers foot pedal operations to the driver’s right hand, and allows Drew to drive again!

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