Advocacy

As advocates for our readers with disabilities, AMS Vans brings you relevant news, emerging issues and inspirational stories. Significant, new ideas and events are transforming the lives of people with disabilities throughout the world. We cover individuals and organizations who help those with disabilities improve their living conditions. Read about celebrities who establish coalitions and non-profits in support of handicapped children. You’ll learn how people with disabilities use their personal struggles to modify the attitudes and perceptions of an unenlightened society with impressive results. It’s all about upgrading the status-quo for people with disabilities.

physical disabilities

New Research Methods Empower Persons with Physical Disabilities

If you haven’t been keeping up with the latest advances in research for solutions to enhance the lives of those with physical disabilities, you might be surprised at what’s become possible. From improvements in prosthetic options to advancements in employment psychology, let’s run down the list of how science is working to enhance the lives of this unique community.

With the recent spotlight on physical disabilities — both from legal and functional standpoints — a great deal of progress has been made in improving capabilities and enhancing lives. The combination of science and technology has brought about advancements in both quality of life and the ability of persons with physical disabilities to contribute in the workplace. Continue reading

Used wheelchair van

5 Used Wheelchair Van Shopping Mistakes You Can Avoid

For most customers, shopping for a used wheelchair van reveals a range of emotions that run from stressed to exhilarated. One on hand, you’re thrilled at the thought of finally achieving true mobility freedom. But there’s always that fear of buying the wrong vehicle and paying too much for it.

At AMS Vans, we’re ready to keep that from happening to you. The best way to enjoy your shopping experience is to have an idea of what you want, have a plan to get it, and make sure to avoid the most common vehicle shopping mistakes. Here are five you can master fairly quickly. Continue reading

Wheelchair transport van

How to Start an NEMT Wheelchair Transport Van Business

A unique business opportunity has developed for entrepreneurs in the transportation sector. There are populations of disabled individuals in cities, suburbs, and rural areas that require adaptable transportation to various non-emergency medical appointments. The NEMT potential for wheelchair transport van owner/operators is growing at an astounding rate.

As with starting any wheelchair transport van business, there are several concrete steps to be taken to ensure a proper foundation. For the sake of brevity, this article will focus on four primary elements: (1) establishing a business entity; (2) assembling a wheelchair transport van fleet; (3) creating a website and social media presence; and, (4) setting up a client/customer pipeline. We’ll conclude with some resources you can consult for additional information. Continue reading

Handicap vans

Stars Who Buy Handicap Vans and Cool Gifts for Disabled Fans

“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”
― John Bunyan, English author

Anyone who has ever shopped for handicap vans discover one basic truth very early in their search: Handicap vehicles are expensive. (As are most automobiles in general.) For those who aren’t fortunate enough to qualify for grants or dealer financing, the idea of mobility freedom remains nothing more than a dream — a vision of what could be ‘if only’.

Which is why we love to hear stories of famous stars — athletes, entertainers, artists, musicians — generously purchasing handicap vans, wheelchairs, or other mobility equipment for their disabled fans in need. And it doesn’t have to be handicap vehicles. It might be cool gifts for special people that have a huge impact. Continue reading

Accessible mobility

Leveling the field of play: Outdoor and athletic accessibility advances

The nationwide push for equal access to facilities for the special needs population has gained noticeable momentum. One vital area of the movement is outdoor accessibility to parks and athletic facilities — such as national parks, training facilities, and sporting arenas.

American philanthropist, founder and chief executive officer of the non-profit organization KaBOOM!, and disability advocate Darell Hammond explains, ‘Growing up in a group home, and with an undiagnosed learning disability to boot, the odds of success were not on my side. But when I joined the high school football team, I learned the value of discipline, focus, persistence, and teamwork – all skills that have proven vital to my career as a C.E.O. and social entrepreneur’. Continue reading

Disability expenses

Disability Expenses and 5 Myths Surrounding the ABLE Act

21 states currently offer these special needs savings accounts for disability expenses — with more states to follow. Products of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, ABLE Accounts empower individuals with significant disabilities to save and invest. Here’s an overview along with 5 of the biggest ABLE myths dispelled.

The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act — better known to special needs advocates as ABLE — is legislation designed to level the playing field with respect to saving and investing money earmarked for disability-related expenses. The ABLE Act allows individuals to save this money tax-free without jeopardizing their eligibility for public benefits such as SSI or SSDI. Continue reading

Signs of support

Walk to Defeat ALS, with AMS Vans | March 2015

Start line at the Walk to Defeat ALS

photo courtesy of DD-Photography Services; used with permission

 

On Saturday March 28, 2015, AMS Vans proudly sponsored the Walk to Defeat ALS in Jacksonville, Florida held at Tinseltown and Seven Bridges Grille & Brewery.  Over 2,000 walkers from 109 teams laced up and walked to help find a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as ALS and Lou Gehrig’s disease.  This walk was the largest walk in the history of the Florida Chapter of ALS.

Signs of support

photo courtesy of DD-Photography Services; used with permission

AMS Vans provided supplies for walkers to create personalized, hand-held signs to hold while walking the route.  Walkers were thrilled that they could show others who they were supporting.  One young boy, named Andrew, took much care as he colored his sign that read, “I walk for my Nanny.”

Signs of support

AMS Vans regularly participates in fundraising events for the ALS Association, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Spina Bifida Association, Fragile Kids, FOCUS, Houston Children’s Charity, and the Shepherd Center.

Signs of support

photo courtesy of DD-Photography Services; used with permission

Signs of support

photo courtesy of DD-Photography Services; used with permission

Signs of support

photo courtesy of DD-Photography Services; used with permission