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Common Handicap Parking Misconceptions

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Common Handicap Parking Misconceptions

With “National Mobility Awareness Month” having just concluded in May, now is the perfect time to clear up some of the most common misconceptions surrounding handicap parking practices.

Surveys have shown that 74% of people have personally witnessed a handicap parking space being used improperly. Therefore, it is important for everyone to understand some key elements associated with handicap parking. As you can imagine, there are many who still do not have a basic understanding of the laws and regulations surrounding handicap accessible parking. Here are some of the most common misconceptions explained!

#1: All Handicap Accessible Parking Spaces are the Same.

Not all handicap accessible parking spaces are the same. The spaces with the striped lines directly next to a standard handicap accessible parking spot are typically marked with an “Accessible Vans” sign. These spots are wider than the standard handicap parking spaces, which are often used by people with disabilities that are not driving wheelchair accessible vehicles. The extra space allows for a wheelchair vehicle ramp to deploy from the van or SUV, or for people that need extra space to access and transfer to their wheelchair.

It is a common misconception that all handicap accessible parking spaces are for people who “physically need them” – i.e., appear to the naked eye to need the spaces. In fact, there are a wide variety of “hidden disabilities” that many people do not realize merit use of handicap accessible parking spaces. Even if there is no visible sign of a disability or need for a mobility device, it does not necessarily mean that someone is misusing a parking space.

#2: I Can Park in a Striped Area Next to a Handicap Accessible Parking Space.

Building on the last point, the striped lines directly beside handicap accessible parking spaces have a very specific purpose and should not be parked in. Some people think it is better to park in these spots in a pinch rather than a handicap accessible space, when in reality, utilizing either can cause accessibility issues for those with disabilities. Some people may even believe these spaces are perfect for parking motorcycles, golf carts, or other small vehicles. However, these should be left for those who truly need them.

In fact, these striped areas are not spaces at all. These areas are there to provide the extra room needed by individuals in wheelchairs to safely enter and exit their vehicle. This area is needed because the ramp that deploy from inside their vehicle extend outward approx. 5 feet. Without this additional room, users would not have the space needed to navigate up or down their ramp. Therefore, when you park in or partially in these spaces, you take away the valuable room needed for someone to enter or exit their vehicle.

Oh, one last thing… In addition to causing convenience issues for people with disabilities, parking in these spots can also have major consequences for the offenders. In most locations, obstructing & parking illegally in a handicap zone carries a fine of at least $500 and/or jail time (source).
lady coming down wheelchair ram with a car blocking her exit

#3: You are Only Allowed to Use a Disabled Placard in One Car.

This is both true and false. It is true that disabled license plates cannot be transferred between vehicles, just like any other license plate. However, the handicap placards that hang from the rearview mirror can be used in any vehicle that the person who is issued the placard is currently riding. The person does not have to be driving the vehicle for the use of the placard to be used legally.


Now, with that said, it is prohibited to let other individuals use a placard that is not issued to them. Placards are allotted to a single person, and misuse can have major consequences. Stiffer penalties are now being imposed across the country, and many states are taking a closer look at monitoring methods for proper use, to ensure accessibility to all.

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Justin Timberlake Buys A Wheelchair Accessible Van For Tennessee Teen

J.T. Buys Tennessee Teen a Wheelchair Accessible Van

Jake Stitt sitting in wheelchair in front of his home in Tenneessee

Honk If You're Happy!

While most around the world would label 2020 as one of the worst years of recent history, the Stitt family of Morristown, TN would disagree.

(Warning: This story will touch your heart and ultimately just might strike a tear in the toughest of men.)

It’s the day before Thanksgiving, a day like any other in the small town of Morristown, TN. Here sits a teenager, Jake Stitt, a seventeen old with cerebral palsy going about his routine. It’s one of the highlights of his day, sitting on his front porch with signs to “Honk if You’re Happy” displayed, spreading cheer to others passing by.

However, on this day there so happened to be a news crew on hand from WJHL, a local TV station. Jake had thought they were there to do a story on him and his family who have been trying to raise money for a wheelchair accessible van. Unbeknownst, this day was about to take a different turn, and change the lives of the Stitt family forever.

As Jake sits, in the distance, sirens are heard. Unusual to Jake, he turns to look down his street, just as a caravan of vehicles approach. Unsure what he is seeing, it soon was announced by those surrounding Jake, that the caravan was for him. It was being led by a black Dodge Caravan from, Superior Van & Mobility with the town of Morristown following, lights and sirens blaring. There was about to be a special delivery, of a very special gift, from a very special, famous friend. Unfortunately, from here words cannot describe the excitement and feeling that ensued as the caravan reached Jake’s home, you must watch the video.

Now the conclusion to this amazing story… Jake’s, “Honk If You’re Happy” display and need for a mobility van story first got attention from a local online news article. Many in the community knew about Jake, but not his need. The family did not have a wheelchair accessible van and they currently depended on his father, who needed back surgery, to physically transfer him from his wheelchair to their vehicle for transport; a task that had become dangerous for both Jake and his father as he had grown. As word got out about their need, the community came together. A Go Fund Me was established to help raise the $35,000 needed to purchase the family a much-deserved wheelchair accessible van.

Actor, Michael Abbott, Jr. who now lives in New York. but from Morristown, Tennessee, clicked on a link about his upcoming movie release and stumbled upon Jake’s story. Next steps, Michael reached out to Superior Van & Mobility wanting to learn more about mobility transportation options and what could be a possible solution with the budget they had. After receiving the information he needed, Michael reached out to the Stitt family and promised them that somehow, someway Jake would have his van by Thanksgiving. Unsure how that might happen, Michael went to sharing the story with additional news outlets and was able to get them to video and showcase the families van need which then he quickly shared  on social media. The story was even picked up and shared by Professional Surfer, Kelly Slater!

As the short time progressed, it happened, donations had started to come in from the community and those as far as Australia. It looked like the Thanksgiving delivery, Michael Abbott, Jr. had hoped for would actually happen. And he was right! Right before Thanksgiving, the Stitt family had met their goal.

However, this story doesn’t end here. At the last minute , Grammy Award Winner and Tennessee-native, Justin Timberlake found out about the initiative to raise money for the Stitt family and the wheelchair accessible van. Needless to say, Justin was very touched by, Jake and the community’s efforts. So much in fact, Justin reached out to the father via Zoom, to let him know that he would be purchasing the van for the family. But, Justin’s request did not stop there, Justin told Jake’s father that they were to also keep the $35,000 raised to help cover the ongoing, expenses associated with Jake’s care as long as Jake got to use the van while driving around town to spread his, “Honk If You’re Happy” message.

Thank you Jake for your inspiration and unselfish effort to brighten the day of others. You truly are a gifted young man who we look forward to knowing for the many years to come. We truly applaud your efforts!

From the Stitt Family:

  • Thank you Justin Timberlake for your generous donation and for changing the Stitt’s family’s life!
  • Thank you to actor, Michael Abbott Jr., for your passion to raise and spread awareness!
  • Thank you to the Morristown / Knoxville area community for returning the favor & smiles to Jake and his family!
  • Thank you to our Superior Van & Mobility – Knoxville team for making this memorable delivery possible!

2021 Toyota Sienna Wheelchair Vans Available Only as Gas/Electric Hybrids Beginning 2021 Model Year

Are You Ready for the 2021 Toyota Sienna Hybrid Wheelchair Accessible minivan?

Silver BraunAbility, Toyota Sienna Hybrid wheelchair van in driveway with ramp out

Beginning with the 2021 model year, Toyota Sienna will no longer be available as a gas only minivan.

Toyota has officially announced the Toyota Sienna, one of the top-selling minivans in the U.S. and a popular chassis for wheelchair accessible van conversions, will only be available in a gas/electric hybrid model beginning with the 2021 model year. “This is an all-new vehicle from the ground up, including a new chassis platform as well as a new electrical platform,” said Monte Kaehr, Toyota Chief Engineer. “ The development of the fourth generation Sienna was a huge undertaking but we always worked towards one single mission—to make the best van yet.”

Aiming to redefine the segment, the fourth generation Toyota Sienna, in Toyota’s words, “reimagines the minivan to support a wider array of life stages and activities”.  With a standard hybrid powertrain consisting of a 2.5-liter gasoline-powered four-cylinder engine and a pair of electric motors producing 243 horsepower, the new Sienna is available in four trim levels, and boasts an array of new tech and amenities in addition to an impressive estimated combined fuel economy of 33 mpg.

Initially, Toyota’s decision to go full hybrid cast the beloved vans future as a candidate for wheelchair accessibility in doubt, but since then BraunAbility and Vantage Mobility, two of the world’s largest producer of handicap accessible vehicles, announced their converted Siennas should be available June 2021.

While the new Sienna’s SUV-inspired look and multiple upgrades in comfort, safety, drivability, and entertainment are getting rave reviews, the price of the hybrid model is rumored to be several thousand dollars more than the current models, which has caused a rush on existing new 2020 Sienna stock and older pre-owned vehicles.

If you would like more information on the new 2021 Toyota Sienna Hybrid Wheelchair Van, click the button below!

Front center console area of a 2021 Toyota Sienna Hybrid BraunAbility Wheelchair Van
Interior of a 2021 Toyota Sienna Hybrid wheelchair van from BraunAbility
2021 Toyota Sienna Infotainment center radio

To view Superior’s Toyota Sienna handicap van inventory, click below.

Dodge Discontinues Grand Caravan, the “Workhorse” of Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Platforms

Dodge Discontinues Grand Caravan, the “Workhorse” of Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Platforms

Swan Song of the Most Popular Wheelchair Van in the U.S.

Introduced in 1984, the Dodge Grand Caravan and Plymouth Voyager pioneered the minivan concept. U.S. sales of the Grand Caravan hit their peak at 300,000 in 1996 and 1997, and have hovered around the 100,000 to 150,000 range since. The Caravan lived through five design updates, the most current dating back to 2008, and throughout its history served as a mainstay of affordable wheelchair vans. When the similar Chrysler Town and Country was replaced by the all-new Chrysler Pacifica in 2017, there was speculation that the manufacturer planned on replacing the Grand Caravan with a Pacifica-based utility vehicle, but Dodge did not confirm any follow-up models at the time. The cancellation of the Grand Caravan line was officially announced in February, 2020, and Dodge recently followed up with the news that the replacement vehicle would be built on the new Pacifica platform, and sold under the “Voyager” badge.

With its status as the workhorse of commercial and wheelchair accessible minivan platforms, the Grand Caravan checked all the boxes in terms of versatility, reliability, and affordability, though the new Voyager is slated to cost about $6k more than comparable Grand Caravan models, putting its future in these areas at risk.

Get your new or used accessible Grand Caravan before they’re gone!

New Grand Caravans will be available through the 2020 model year, but will not be for sale in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington due to the more stringent emissions rules in those states. A limited supply of used Grand Caravans will still be available nationwide, but high demand is steadily driving up prices and its unclear how long this supply will last. Superior Van & Mobility currently holds an expanded inventory of affordable Grand Caravans purchased prior to the current surge in demand, and is encouraging anyone interested in purchasing one of these vehicles to act fast, as once they’re gone, THEY’RE GONE!

Check current Dodge Grand Caravan inventory

Superior Van and Mobility Purchases Presidential Conversions in Arkansas

Superior Van and Mobility Purchases Presidential Conversions in Arkansas

Contact: Dawn McCool, Director of Business Development
Company: Superior Van & Mobility
Direct: 317.464.7111
Email: dmccool@superiorvan.com

FEBRUARY 13TH, 2020 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Superior Van & Mobility Expands to Offer Arkansas Wheelchair-Users Expanded Access to Affordable Handicap Accessible Vehicles

Superior Van & Mobility acquires Presidential Conversions to become the largest family-owned wheelchair-accessible vehicle provider in the U.S.

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY – Superior Van & Mobility, the largest family-owned wheelchair-accessible vehicle dealer group in the United States, recently announced the acquisition of Arkansas-based Presidential Conversions, and its locations in Fayetteville, Jonesboro, and Little Rock. All began operating under the Superior banner on Monday, February 10th.

“Presidential Conversions has a great reputation and loyal customers,” says Sam Cook, owner and president of Superior Van & Mobility, “We look forward to meeting them and exceeding their expectations, and we’re thrilled to provide Arkansas wheelchair users expanded access to one of the nation’s largest inventories of affordable wheelchair accessible vehicles, wheelchair lifts, and mobility aids.”

The recent acquisition of Presidential Conversion’s three locations expands Superior to sixteen stores and adds Arkansas to the list of locations in Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Louisiana, Nebraska, Alabama, and Florida. Family-owned since its founding in 1976, Superior offers its customers a unique “no haggle” sales model focused on a purchase experience that is, according to Cook, “as simple and as stress-free as possible”. “We do things differently at Superior,” he says. “Every day we come to work we have the opportunity to change peoples’ lives, and that’s not something everyone can say about what they do for a living. Our mobility specialists don’t work on commission, so our customers know they get the lowest pricing possible, and we have an absolute passion for helping them regain their freedom of mobility.”

Founded by Arkansas-native John Wilson, Presidential Conversions began as a luxury van converter in 1977. The company switched exclusively to mobility vehicle conversions in 1981, and eventually added mobility scooters, wheelchairs, and home-modifications to its product line. While Superior has acquired Presidential Conversion’s name and its accessible vehicle business, John and his team will continue to offer personal mobility aids and home modification services under the name Presidential Mobility. “I’ve known Sam Cook for many years and have great respect for Superior’s business philosophy,” says Wilson. “As I began to consider semi-retirement, it was very important I find the ‘right’ company to hand the vehicle business off to, one that would continue to take great care of our customers. I’m thrilled things are aligning with Superior because I know our clients will continue to be in good hands.”

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Superior Van & Mobility provides new and used wheelchair accessible vehicles, mobility seating options, hand controls, scooter and wheelchair lifts, and other driving aids, all of which meet or exceed Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). Each Superior location is certified by the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) and supports and advocates with local community groups to promote disability awareness. Superior Van & Mobility’s sixteen sales and service centers are located throughout Indiana, Kentucky, Eastern Tennessee, Louisiana, Nebraska, Alabama, Florida, and Arkansas. For more information, visit www.SuperiorVan.com.

Superior Van & Mobility Acquires Phase III Vans with Locations in Alabama & Florida

Superior Van & Mobility Acquires Phase III Vans with Locations in Alabama & Florida

1.6.2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Superior Van & Mobility announces the acquisition of Phase III Mobility with locations in Alabama and Florida. The addition of these two stores will mark the 13th “brick and mortar” Superior Van & Mobility QAP dealership with in-stock and ready to deliver mobility vans, wheelchair lifts and driving aids, as well as certified on-site technicians offering 24/7 service assistance.

Phase III Mobility has been serving Montgomery, Alabama and surrounding areas with wheelchair accessible products and service since 1994, but began converting full size vans in 1980.  The Pensacola, Florida location was added 8 years ago and serves those in Northeast Florida as well as Southern Alabama.  Superior Van & Mobility is a family owned company providing mobility transportation solutions to the consumer and commercial industry since 1976.

Phase III Mobility owners Bodie and Debbie Ingram shared thoughts on the acquisition, Bodie stated, “Our customers are like family and we will truly miss working and assisting those with mobility challenges in our communities. However, we know given Superior’s presence as an industry leader in the mobility industry, our customers will be well taken care of.”

Sam Cook, President and owner of Superior Van & Mobility, shared his thoughts, “Our main focus is making mobility possible to all who need our products. The strategic growth expansion into Alabama and Northern Florida lessens the distance between our Tennessee and Louisiana locations, while also increasing our volume of mobility solutions available.” Sam continued, “Phase III Mobility has a great foundation and we look forward to continuing to grow what Bodie started in 1994.”

Superior Van & Mobility provides wheelchair accessible vehicles, mobility seating options, hand controls, Scooter and Wheelchair Lifts, and a variety of other driving aids, all of which meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS).  Each location helps and supports local community groups on disability awareness issues.  Superior Van & Mobility now has thirteen sales and service centers throughout Indiana, Kentucky, Eastern Tennessee, Louisiana, Nebraska, Alabama and Florida.  For more information, please visit www.superiorvan.com.

Pennzoil, BraunAbility and PVA Provide Veterans the Gift of Mobility

Pennzoil, BraunAbility and PVA Provide Veterans the Gift of Mobility

Daily, thousands of Americans put their lives on the line serving in the military for our freedom. This past Memorial Day, we remembered those whose lives were lost and reminded ourselves that for many returning home, a new battle begins. In an effort to assist those who have sustained a paralyzing injury while active, Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), BraunAbility, and Pennzoil® teamed up to retrofit three vehicles in an effort to give back the gift of mobility to paralyzed veterans.

Hank Ebert, was one of those veterans who received a retrofitted BraunAbility Toyota Sienna minivan, featuring the latest technology in assisting paralyzed drivers, as part of Pennzoil’s “Love Your Car” program, a partnership they created with the PVA. Hank was a U.S. Navy veteran, and served four years in the Navy as a crewman on a rescue helicopter in Vietnam. Today, despite his injury, Ed stays active as he participates in the Veteran’s Wheelchair games, is a fishing guide, and an die hard drag racing fan. Ed was lucky enough to have been nominated by his local PVA chapter in Minnesota to receive the custom vehicle, and as you can see from the video, he was overwhelmed by the generosity.

“I’m incredibly excited. It hasn’t even sunk in yet how excited I am,” said U.S. Navy veteran, Hank Ebert. “From winning this vehicle, to being flown to Charlotte to see my first NASCAR race, to being here with all my friends to celebrate, it’s just awesome.”

Today, there are more than 44,000 American veterans living with paralysis and the effects of rising healthcare costs. These are veterans, who have been here for us, and are now in a great need of support. Which has led to the mission of the PVA’s “ABLE” campaign, which was developed to help the nation’s paralyzed veterans rebuild their lives. With support from companies like Pennzoil, Mission: ABLE will continue to provide American disabled veterans with the tools to help them regain their mobility.

How Can You Help Catch Handicap Parking Violators In Your Community

How Can You Help Catch Handicap Parking Violators In Your Community

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Revised and updated from an article I posted on our blog back in May 2013

Many of us have experienced, or heard comments from customers and friends in wheelchairs of how hard it is to find a handicap parking space, or one where they can safely deploy their wheelchair ramp. In fact, I hear all the time how it always seems the spots designated for vans with ramps are always occupied by vehicles without ramps, or worst, those without permits, motorcycles or even grocery carts!!

Whatever you’ve heard or experienced, the problem is big, and most outside the disabled community don’t seem to really acknowledge. Despite the passing of The Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, we still seem to find ourselves coming up short in enforcement and the availability of accessible parking. When the act was instituted, the prescribed formula for determining the number of accessible spaces in a parking lot depended on the number of total spots. For example, a lot with up to 400 spaces must have at least eight handicapped parking spaces, but ONLY ONE has to be van accessible marked with hash marks to signify the need to keep the area clear.

Twice As Many Permits
Interesting note: there are 1.2 million active handicapped parking permits in Ohio, according to the latest figures from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. That figure represents twice as many accessible parking plates and placards compared to a decade ago.

Why is this becoming a problem? The number of spaces required by the ADA has remained the same. This influx has left drivers with various degrees of disability competing for limited real estate in local parking lots, and it’s not just Ohio.

Violators – Still a Problem
There have been parking violators as long as there have been handicapped parking spaces, despite the threat of fines. The sad truth is, handicap parking violation is considered a low-priority offense, with many Police Departments issuing less than one ticket per day on average.

Regardless of how well any one city enforces their disabled parking spaces, their enforcement agents (police, etc.) cannot be everywhere…all the time. Even in cases where a violation is called in to the authorities, most enforcement agents cannot arrive at the location in time to ticket the offender. The fact is, people with disabilities would make the best enforcers of parking violations because they experience it everywhere they go.

What’s the answer? – How can you make a difference?
There’s an App for that!
Parking Mobility (parkingmobility.com) is a new smartphone app that allows users to report parking violators. The app cues the user to take a set of photos of the vehicle in violation and it marks the date, time and location. The app then sends a report to local authorities, if the city has approved and adopted the practice of using the app. Normal citizens, through the use of the Parking Mobility application, are now empowered to help make a difference.

Let’s face it… Disabled parking is needed by 20% of the population, and cities are responsible for ensuring that these parking spots remain accessible and are not being abused. Parking Mobility is the answer, empowering its citizens and their assisting local government in addressing disabled parking abuse. After all, who is better to spot a violator than those who depend on it daily?

To learn more about the Parking Mobility app. please visit www.Parkingmobility.com.

How to Get Your City to Adopt Parking Mobility
So you want your city to adopt Parking Mobility? That’s great, but where to start? The following is a checklist to help make it easy for you. This will show you how to engage with your city to demonstrate why Parking Mobility is good for you, your city and your community:

1. You’re not alone!
You may ask yourself: how can I get my city to adopt Parking Mobility by myself? Well, the answer is power in numbers. Governments are far more responsive to an organized group than one individual. Through organizing a group of fellow citizens who are passionate about addressing disabled parking abuse, you will be more convincing to your city that: Disabled parking abuse is a real issue affecting a significant percentage of the community and Parking Mobility is the best answer to that problem by allowing the individuals who need disabled parking to report violations.

2. Leverage our partner organizations
Your first step is to let Parking Mobility know that you want to help with your city. Call them at (512) 981-9628 or email them at contact@parkingmobility.com. They will connect you with their partner organizations in your community which is also endorsing Parking Mobility, including but not limited to:

• Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation
• Easter Seals
• Paralyzed Veterans of America
• United Cerebral Palsy
• United Spinal Association

3. Emphasize the key benefits
City officials are strapped for time, and so it is important to quickly identify how the city will benefit from Parking Mobility:

• Generates significant additional revenue for your city without any cost
• Reports to cities include all violation information required of enforcement (photos, GPS coordinates, time stamp, and user info.)
• Law enforcement cannot be everywhere…all the time
• People with disabilities are best suited to report violations since they are the ones using the disabled parking
• Improves accessibility in your city and engages citizens

4. Advocate
Inform your community – your personal network, local newspapers and radio and TV stations – that disabled parking abuse represents a real issue affecting a significant percentage of the community. Discuss how even if enforcement was a priority for the city, law enforcement cannot be everywhere…all the time. In fact, the best way to tackle disabled parking abuse is to put the reporting power in the hands of the people who need disabled parking. This is what Parking Mobility does.

5. (AGAIN) you’re not alone!
If you are running into roadblocks or need more material, always remember that Parking Mobility supports you throughout the process. They talk to cities regularly and can assist with your local community effort we can support your discussions and engagement with your city to get Parking Mobility in place.

What is a Driver Evaluation, and Do You Need One?

What is a Driver Evaluation, and Do You Need One?

A Prescription from a CDRS Might be Needed to Purchase Mobility Equipment

There are many reasons why an individual might require a driving evaluation, however before we address the reasons why, lets review what exactly is a driver evaluation.

WHAT IS A DRIVER EVALUATION?

A driver evaluation is a comprehensive set of physical and/or cognitive assessments, performed by a Certified Driving Rehabilitation Specialist (CDRS). The assessment is designed to evaluate an individual’s cognitive and/or physical limitation related to safely operating a motor vehicle.

WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM AN EVALUATION?

Any individual that has a physical and/or cognitive limitation or impairment that is interested in regaining their independence by operating a motor vehicle.
• Any person where a physician or family member has questioned an individual’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.

WHAT CRITERIA IS USED IN THE EVALUATION PROCESS?

When undergoing a driving evaluation, the following skills are addressed and performance must be deemed acceptable by a CDRS.

• Physical Function – Range of motion, strength, coordination, endurance and sensation.
• Vision – Visual acuity, depth perception, contrast sensitivity, peripheral and color recognition.
• Cognition – Attention, judgment, memory, spatial, perception, problem solving.
• Reaction Time – Ability to respond timely and accurately with regards to driving tasks.
• Self Control – Ability to modulate oneself in response to demands in the environment.

WHAT IS THE PROCESS ORDER OF AN EVALUATION?

A driver evaluation usually consists of the following steps and can last 2 to 3 hours. However, each case being unique results in a variance of time allotted.

Clinical – Portion of evaluation consists of a variety of screening tools, assessments and standardized tests of skill related to physical, cognitive, visual and reaction time.
• Behind the Wheel – Portion of evaluation assesses the clients’ abilities to control the vehicle over various road situations. This step is only performed if the client demonstrated the necessary physical, visual, cognitive and reaction times during the clinical assessment. Use of adaptive equipment will be used and introduced if deemed necessary from the clinical evaluation. Client must have previous drivers license or permit to participate in this part of the evaluation.
• Results/Outcomes – Summary is provided of the evaluation and will detail the clients’ abilities with list of recommendations.
• Equipment Prescription – If warranted, a written prescription that includes the recommendation of adaptive equipment is provided, and referral to an appropriate vendor/vehicle modifier is made.
• Fitting and Inspection – After the vendor modification / Install, a final fitting is conducted to ensure that the prescribed equipment or modification is positioned properly and adjustments are made.
• Driver Rehabilitation Training – If necessary, training begins in the operation of modification / installation of equipment. The duration of this training is determined by the therapist and will vary based on clients needs.

WHAT TYPE OF MODIFICATION/EQUIPMENT MIGHT I BE PRESCRIBED?

Obviously, everyone’s needs and situation are different; however the most popular vehicle modifications and installation of adaptive equipment are as follows:

Lowered floor, wheelchair accessible van
• Wheelchair or scooter lift
• Hand controls
• Transfer seat
• High tech, electronic driving systems
• Wheelchair restraints
• Docking systems

DOES INSURANCE PAY FOR THE EVALUATION?

Unfortunately, these services are not often covered by insurance plans. Please make sure you check with your insurance provider to determine your exact coverage.

DOES INSURANCE PAY FOR THE MODIFICATION / INSTALLATION OF ADAPTIVE EQUIPMENT?

Most insurance companies do not cover the modification / installation of adaptive equipment, however there are many sources that do provide assistance, and you might qualify. To see if you qualify, you should research the following services for assistance availability as they are the most common:

• Vocational Rehabilitation Services (for your state)
• Workers Compensation (if qualify and applicable to your situation)
• Veteran Administration (if qualify and applicable to your situation)
• Insurance Provider
• Medical Assistance Programs

As you can see, a driver evaluation is not only very important, but it is a process. A process that is best started as soon as possible in a situation where time is an essence on regaining mobility.

If you think you might be a candidate or just interested in learning more about driver evaluations, please DO YOUR RESEARCH and contact a CDRS in your area. Most rehabilitation facilities will have a list of CDRS in your area and can provide contact information to you. We also work with numerous CDRS in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois, Tennessee, Nebraska, Iowa, Arkansas, Alabama, Florida and Louisiana, so feel free to contact any one of the, Superior Van and Mobility locations in those markets.

Wounded Warrior Receives Camo Accessible Van

Wounded Warrior Receives Camo Wheelchair Accessible Van

Wounded Warrior receives camo wrapped wheelchair accessible van from BraunAbility

A very deserving disabled veteran was presented with an accessible van converted by BraunAbility, a manufacturer of wheelchair accessible vehicles.

Lance Corporal Michael DeLancey was presented a camo-wrapped accessible van alongside BraunAbility employees who have served in the military.

Winamac, IN (PRWEB) May 23, 2013

A very deserving wounded veteran was presented with a customized camouflaged accessible van on behalf of BraunAbility, a leading manufacturer of wheelchair accessible vehicles based in Winamac.

Lance Corporal Michael DeLancey, a native of Pinellas Park, Florida, was injured in Iraq in 2006 when a sniper’s bullet pierced his spinal cord, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down and critically damaging his lung. Despite the life-altering injury, DeLancey has been a force of positive change. He serves as an ambassador for Wounded Warrior Project and speaks with fellow veterans recovering from serious injuries.

“As a Marine, Mike has built his life upon the three Corps Values: Honor, Courage and Commitment,” said Kevin McMahon, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “These are values that our founder Ralph Braun believed in – and they are values that the people of this company hold true.”

The completely camouflage-covered vehicle will transport DeLancey to his volunteer work with veteran organizations and events in his home state of Florida and nationwide.

BraunAbility, founded in 1972, has a long history of serving veterans with disabilities. Many of the company’s first customers were newly injured veterans returning from the Vietnam war at a time when people with disabilities had very few mobility options.

Held at BraunAbility corporate headquarters in Winamac, the presentation was an opportunity for the company to not only honor Lance Corporal DeLancey, but current employees who had served in the military as well. In honor of DeLansky’s visit to the company and all company veterans, BraunAbility employees wore red, white and blue.

“Thank you for your service, for your commitment, and we celebrate the many ways you continue to serve our country,” added McMahon.

The presentation, appropriately, occurred just before Memorial Day weekend and during National Military Appreciation Month.