Buying an adaptive van, especially a new one, may seem to be off the charts for many of us. To get a better idea of how to reduce costs and search out possible funding sources, I talked with Mike Neher, C6-7 quad and manager at Performance Mobility, a reputable dealer in the Portland, Ore., area […]
With fuel prices stuck on high, using better planning, driving and vehicle maintenance practices can help you get more miles to the gallons and better value as you top off your tank. Frank Kelly, wheelchair user and certified mobility consultant for IMED Mobility, Roseville, Minn., says while newer vans are getting better mileage, he knows […]
Crowdsourcing has the potential to change how medical research is both funded and carried out — and this could have a major impact in the quest to cure SCI, MS and many other disabilities. Every aspect of research, from deciding what to study, to designing clinical trials, to finding subjects, may get an Internet-powered makeover. […]
Crowdsourcing access? We have two apps for that! AbleRoad and AXS Map are both free apps designed to connect people to all types of accessible venues. Both are downloads from iTunes and Google Play, and both are also usable as websites. And both are new, so the databases of actual accessible venues are still pretty […]
I blogged recently about making the decision to switch from car to wheelchair van, and since vans are out-of-the world expensive, I’ve been checking other alternatives – like public transportation. Unfortunately, I don’t live anywhere near a bus stop, and even if I did, I’d bet that half the time, according to many stories I’ve […]
How do you handle the embarrassing situation when a stranger pushes your wheelchair out on the dance floor with your permission?
I’d just about given up having access to public transit and taxi service when I travel around the U.S. Then I visited Seattle. Lo and behold, there was a wheelchair van in the taxi line outside the airport, and it charged standard rate. In a state of shock, I rode from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SeaTac […]
AM General has acquired Vehicle Production Group, the former manufacturer of the MV-1, after purchasing the rights to a loan from the U.S. Department of Energy for $3 million in an auction. The deal creates a new company called Mobility Ventures LLC, which will take over VPG’s assets. VPG, which made the only American-built vehicle […]
By moving a power wheelchair’s drive wheels toward the center and adding both front and rear casters for stability, maneuverability dramatically increases.