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Adapted automobile

Mutual Aid Amputee Foundation conference attendees examining hand controls.[1]

An adapted automobile is an automobile adapted for ease of use by disabled people. Automobiles, whether a car or a van, can be adapted for a range of physical disabilities.

Contents

  • Hand controls 1
  • Wheelchair access 2
  • Financing 3
  • Rental 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Hand controls

Foot pedals can be raised, or replaced with hand-controlled devices. Automotive handicap hand controls make it possible to adjust the acceleration as well as apply the brakes, in a similar way regular foot pedals,[2][3] The hand controls are being tested using SAE guidelines for Automotive Adaptive Driver Controls, which mandates weather exposure, vibration, and cycle testing.[4]

Automatic transmission and ergonomic adaptations, such as a lumbar support cushion, may also be needed.[5]

Wheelchair access

A wheelchair-adapted taxi in Cheltenham, UK.

Wheelchair lifts, ramps or hoists, may be customized according to the needs of the driver.

A transfer board or seat lift facilitate the transfer from the wheelchair into the vehicle.[6]

Financing

Generally, the more limiting the disability, the more expensive the adaptation needed for the vehicle. Financial assistance is available through some organizations, such as Motability in the United Kingdom, which requires a contribution by the prospective vehicle owner. Motability makes vehicles available for purchase or lease.[7] When an employee with a disability requires an adapted car for work use, the employee does not have to pay for a "reasonable adjustment" in the United Kingdom; if the employer is unable to pay the cost, assistance is offered by government programs.[8]

Rental

A challenge for mobility-impaired drivers is renting a vehicle when they travel. Organizations that specialize in

  • Handicap Hand Control Kits.
  • Carospeed hand controls
  • Veigel hand controls
  • Kenguru car: instant cruising for the disabled
  • Safety
  • Wheelchair stowage
  • Stowage systems for wheelchairs

External links

  1. ^ Less than four blog Amputee Social Network
  2. ^ http://www.ask.com/question/automobile-handicap-hand-controls
  3. ^ Veigel hand controls
  4. ^ Sept 2009.Paraplegia News "Hand control testers needed" by Gale Cengage
  5. ^
  6. ^ http://www.veigel-na.com/main-veigel-north-america/rehamotiver/products/seats.html
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References

See also

[10] businesses, however, it is advisable for drivers with disabilities to reserve a car well in advance of travelling.car rental In France, adapted cars with hand-controls are available from leading [9]

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