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Q'Straint's New iQ Research Center

Q’Straint’s New iQ Research Center

Wheelchair users are especially vulnerable in high-impact motor vehicle crashes, but Q’Straint, one of the largest manufacturers of wheelchair securement devices is hoping to make such travel safer with the opening of its cutting–edge iQ Research Center of Excellence. “Our new crash simulation system allows us to now study, test, certify and bring new products […]

Behind the Wheel of a New Van

Behind the Wheel of a New Van

Wow, am I sitting up high now!  So high in fact, I can see over almost all the other vehicles on the road. What a feeling of power behind the wheel!  It’s also one of the benefits of ditching my much smaller and lower Honda Civic for a  newly equipped and very accessible van. I’ve […]

Taming Our Fear of Flying

Taming Our Fear of Flying

Flying can be scary for wheelchair users, but these tips can make for a smooth ride.

NMEDA to Give Away Four Adaptive Vans

NMEDA to Give Away Four Adaptive Vans

NMEDA will give away four adaptive vans in May as part of National Mobility Awareness Month.

Letters: April 2014

Relationships, cruising Alaska, retirement planning, humor, bus protest

Are Popular Rideshare Companies Excluding Disabled?

Are Popular Rideshare Companies Excluding Disabled?

Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft have soared in popularity but they have largely excluded people with disabilities. The California Public Utilities Commission may take action if it finds these companies are leaving the disabled in the lurch. “The commission will step in once we have information, verifiable information, that there’s a divide between the […]

Hunter and fisherman Jeff DeLeon uses his ATC to haul his kayaks and pull a trailer.

Motorvation: Pick-Me-Up Pickups

There are several options, available at prices comparable with adapted vans.

Oh, no, not the snow!

Oh, no, not the snow!

With a huge swath of the country covered by mounds of snow, it’s time to face a seasonal truth: for wheelers, unless you’re skiing or otherwise playing in the snow, dealing with the snow and the cold stinks! Big wheels caked with snow. Small wheels covered in dirty slush. All four wheels bringing snow and […]

From the news - believe them or not!

From the news – believe them or not!

You can go through a whole week, maybe even a month, thinking that life is getting easier for people with disabilities. But then you come across some news items that jolt you off that cloud of delusion. Borrowing a page from Mr. Ripley, I present you with three recent news items and challenge you to […]

Basics of Buying an Adaptive Van

Basics of Buying an Adaptive Van

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 […]