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!

wheelchair access vans

Want to Learn Internet Tricks to Shop for Wheelchair Access Vans?

There are few things as physically exhausting and mentally draining as shopping for wheelchair access vans. Driving long distances to car lots with a decent inventory. Moving across massive campuses — often under the glare of an afternoon sun. Dealing with pushy salespeople. Trying to keep track of what you’ve seen.

But imagine if you could shop for wheelchair access vans without ever leaving your home. Sitting in your pajamas having a second cup of coffee. Telling your computer exactly what kind of vehicles you wish to browse — right down to your favorite color. No blinding sun or aggravating rain. And no pushy salesperson trying to get you to buy the one wheelchair van he happens to have on the lot. Welcome to the future of car buying. Continue reading

Handicap devices

6 Unusual Handicap Equipment Devices to Enhance Your Life

Adaptable living for disabled individuals is experiencing a renaissance. A community of companies — both established and start-ups — are pushing independence. At the intersection of technology and adaptability is a new generation of handicap equipment that help people live extraordinary lives.

The inspiration for the handicap equipment featured in this article comes from the basic activities most people take for granted. However, the assisting mechanism completes these ‘mundane’ tasks in rather extraordinary ways. So, if you love the phenomenon of advanced technology leveling the playing field — and helping to turn the ‘difficult, if not impossible’ into everyday victories — this blog post is for you. Continue reading

Wheelchair tie downs

Do You Trust Your Life to Your Wheelchair Tie Downs?

When you consider the implications of an accident in an adaptable mobility vehicle, safety features take on a whole new importance. Major vehicle manufacturers spend millions each year in research and development to improve the safety of their vehicles. Wheelchair tie downs are a primary focus of these efforts.

Your life literally depends on the vehicular safety gear that keeps your wheelchair locked into place. And while there are a variety of gadgets and contraptions that assist in this effort, your wheelchair tie downs are arguably the most important. Let’s take a closer look at wheelchair tie downs — and more specifically, how they work, brand and model options, and what to look for in choosing the very best models. 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

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

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

special needs technology with bionic spinal cord implant

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/