Where can I find an accessible van?

Accessible VanQ: I use a wheelchair and it has become too difficult to continue transferring in and out of my chair to drive. Where can I find an accessible van, and is there any financial help out there?

A: Begin your research with a visit to vehicle brand websites. Many major car companies have a section on their websites with information about adapting their vehicles, and some include information on financial assistance. Your local Joni And Friends Area Ministry may have more information regarding local sources for accessible vans. Check with your state’s government-funded occupational and vocational rehabilitation services which help people with disabilities integrate into work and community life. Also, Disabled Dealer is a great place to start looking for the used accessible van that is right for you. And as a reminder, driving in a wheelchair is a unique experience that requires training. The Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists can help you locate specialized driver training near you.

One more thought, don’t automatically rule out public transportation or ride share programs. Contact your state’s department of transportation for information about routes and schedules. If there are not accessible options available in your area, petition for your needs.