Wheelchair Accessibility

Wheelchair Accessibility is constantly evolving in today’s world, so AMS Vans gives this hot topic the attention it deserves in our blog. You’re not alone in facing challenges when traveling, commuting, working, and simply getting around in your day-to-day life. You’ll read first-person accounts of the obstacles encountered by others with disabilities. Our hope is to educate everyone on the critical need for wheelchair accessibility.

Wheelchair accessible van rentals

AMS Vans makes wheelchair accessible van rentals easy and affordable

Everyone gets cases of cabin fever from time to time. But just the thought of renting a wheelchair accessible van — with the hassles of paperwork and inevitable expense — can be enough to keep you from making a move. That’s why AMS Vans has streamlined the process and made the whole thing remarkably affordable.

Life is tough when everything is going well. The process of renting an adaptable mobility van shouldn’t make things any harder — especially when you get the urge to get out of the house and see the world. But AMS Vans has solved the challenges of the hassle-free van rental.

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The adaptable mobility vehicle you get will exceed expectations

When you reserve a wheelchair accessible van rental from AMS Vans, you’ll receive a model with side- or rear-entry access, matched to your specifications and the number of wheelchair users. Other features of your rental van include:

  • Standard 10-inch lowered floor
  • Secure wheelchair tie-downs
  • Low mileage and plenty of fuel
  • Powered ramp safety backup

You can rest easy knowing that we’ll never give you a ‘rental’ vehicle that we only bring out for short-time use. We only rent special needs vehicles that are suitable for sale. This means your wheelchair van rental will be a high-quality, thoroughly inspected vehicle on which you can rely.

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Mobility freedom to hit the beach with wheelchair accessible van rentals

Last-minute reminders for wheelchair accessible van rentals

As easy — and as affordable — as we make the van rental process, we also like to educate our customers beforehand with a collection of last-minute reminders. These are minor details that can be easily overlooked — registration, planning, traveling, etc.

Multiple drivers. Enjoy the relief of shared driving responsibilities with multiple drivers — just have each one listed with their driver’s license and covered under the primary renter’s insurance policy

Wheelchair drivers. If you can transfer from wheelchair to the seat and back — and you don’t require hand controls — then you’re free to drive or adaptable mobility vehicles

Airport and nationwide access. We can get you to and from the airport if your adventures include a plane trip — and, we can deliver your rental van to you anywhere nationwide — both for a flat fee.

Service animals. Of course, your service animal is welcomed in your wheelchair accessible van rental — all that we ask is advanced notice and a reasonable cleaning fee at the end, if necessary

Rent-to-buy. We’ll put half of your wheelchair accessible van rental costs towards the purchase of your own vehicle within 30 days of rental return — up to $2,500 in discounts.

Adaptable mobility vehicle rentals

Consider adaptable mobility vehicle rentals for permanent or temporary disabilities.

Ideas for exploring your mobility freedom in a wheelchair van rental

If the thought of hitting the open road is an attractive one — but you’re just not sure how to take that next step — the AMS Vans family has some great ideas for you. From everyday errands to days-long vacations, there are so many ways you can explore your own mobility freedom:

  • After an accident or worker’s compensation claim
  • For non-emergency medical transportation
  • To offset the challenges of temporary disability
  • To transfer mobility equipment between locations
  • To enjoy mobility accessible vacation destinations
  • To test-drive a special needs vehicle before you buy

Now that you’re prepared with the van to select, the issues to manage, and the reasons to go, there’s no reason to put it off any longer. Plus, you always have the mobility experts at AMS Vans in your corner to provide solutions and support at every turn.
Contact AMS Vans today to find out just how easy and affordable it can be to rent a wheelchair accessible van. Our beautiful, clean rental vans are checked for safety and guaranteed to get you where you want to go — with rent-to-own options if you want to make that rental van your own.

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 meets 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.

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.

special needs technology with eye-controlled computer interface

Eye-controlled computers take the traditional mouse out of the equation.

2. Development of eye-controlled special needs technology

Designed for individuals with rehabilitative disabilities and motor disabilities, the Gaze interaction computer access method replaces the mouse with the eyeball as the primary means of driving a mobile device. Developed by Tobii Assistive Technologies, Inc., the collection of eye-tracking and gaze interaction-based Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices improve the overall quality of life.

The technology boasts a smooth, streamlined computer interaction method that only requires the movement of the eye itself to activate, select, zoom, and scroll across the input screen. When it comes to adaptive technologies, the eyes definitely have it.

3. Social robotics-assisted autism adaptations

For those living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), the challenge is not necessarily the work demands — but rather the demands of the work environment. But the advances in social robotics and special needs technology are making great strides in putting autistic individuals in positive positions of employment.

Robot buddy software loaded onto mobile devices can help those with disabilities to better understand and interact with the social world inherent in the workplace — such as if a boss is pleased or displeased with their performance. And the best part is that the social robotic system learns and adapts to the user over time.

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The newest powerchairs can be controlled with a tongue piercing.

4. The powerchair controlled by tongue movements

The Georgia Institute of Technology is putting mobility freedom where your mouth is with the development of a tongue-controlled powerchair. For the person with special abilities, all they need is a titanium barbell tongue piercing, a headset adapter, and an iPod app connected to a mobile device.

These special needs technology components work in tandem — flicks of the tongue active magnetic signals in the piercing that are passed from the headset to the app to tell the mobility device which way to move. Think of it as the ‘alternative’ to the ‘sip-and-puff’ assistive technology that has been around since the 60s.

5. Air-powered wheelchair models for water resistance

When it comes to incorporating water activities into mobility freedom, forget electronics and think pneumatics. After success with a pneumatic scooter, the Human Engineering Research Lab at the University of Pittsburgh is pioneering a special needs technology wheelchair powered completely by air.

This is a literal game changer for wheelchair users in that the air-powered model is lighter and less expensive — perfectly suited to be driven into the beach surf of zero-entry swimming pools. Plus, the technology could be easily adapted to long-term care facilities where space is at a premium.

AMS Vans offers mobility technology to help you live your very best life. From mobility equipment to the most affordable collection of new and used wheelchair accessible vans, we want to be your personal mobility superstore.

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 meets 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.

Accessible home ideas

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.

Grab-and-Pull Bars. Next, these are must-haves for improved accessibility and mobility. Wrought-iron drawer pulls fit conveniently in door frames, while 12-inch suction cup mount grab bars are perfect for kitchens and bathrooms. Also, keep in mind that grab-and-pull bars are designed for balance and stability — not full body weight bearing.

Mobile Stairlift. Although these can be pricey, they’re perfect for a multi-level home when mobility is an issue. So look for used models that are still under warranty. Use the stairlift for individuals or for moving bulky or heavy objects up and down the stairs.

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Life hacks that make everyday difficulties easier to manage

Conserving Energy. Accessible living ideas include cooking food in bulk in a crock pot to conserve movement and cleanup. Use paper products to reduce dish washing. And schedule your most energy-consuming tasks for the times of the day that you have the most energy.

Shorter, Spacious Counters. Also, this is a potential DIY project that will make a huge difference in kitchens, offices, and garage areas. Encourage freer mobility and room to cook or work by taking several inches off the top of counter top spaces — and leaving several feet between adjoining pieces.

Improving Motor Coordination. For special needs individuals with accessible living issues concerning fine motor coordination, Velcro clothing fasteners help with dressing, clothing loops assist in pulling pants up and on. Also, Velcro fasteners attach mobile devices for easy viewing.

Accessible home tips

A chair lift can carry people or objects between floors.

Making accessible living home tools with small adjustments

Faucets, Door Handles and Light Pulls. First, encourage freer mobility and room to cook or work by making these items adaptable to a variety of special needs and abilities. Almost all big box home improvement stores carry appropriate hardware for conversions.

Small Electric Appliances. Then, from food cutters to can and jar openers, a collection of small electric appliances can make a huge difference for special needs individuals in the kitchen. So remember to lower storage areas for easy access and replacement.

Finally, when you’re ready to leave your house and take your show on the road, AMS Vans can deliver mobility freedom. We’ve helped remove the travel limitations of thousands of customers — and their families and caregivers — with our affordable inventory of new and used wheelchair accessible vans with adaptable conversions.

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 handicap vans and adapted mobility equipment that meets 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.