We Found A 100% Electric Wheelchair Van

BY DAVE FINNIGAN We love that it is the last vehicle he will ever need, that there are virtually no service or repair requirements on electric vehicles, and that there is no heavy power ramp or mechanical lift to haul around or repair. Our 46-year-old son, Davy, has been in a wheelchair all his life, so transporting him appropriately has always been an issue. We have now found a 100% electric vehicle that works for […]

Funding Resources for Accessible Vehicles & Adaptive Equipment

Wheelchair accessible vehicles and adaptive equipment prices can run from $5,000 to $60,000+. Thankfully there are ways to help pare that down to an affordable figure. Disability grants and loans, government assistance and other help is available. You can even use multiple sources. State Agencies – Every state has a Vocational Rehabilitation Dept. Some provide funding for vehicle modifications. Phone numbers for state, federal and county agencies are in your local phone book or Google […]

United Fined for Violating Airline Disability, Tarmac Delay Rules

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today fined United Airlines $2.75 million for violating the Department’s rules protecting air travelers with disabilities and for violating the Department’s rule prohibiting long tarmac delays.  The airline was ordered to cease and desist from future similar violations. “It is our duty to ensure that travelers with disabilities have access to the services they need, and that when significant tarmac delays happen, travelers are not left on […]

Scaling Up Leadership Training for Women with Disabilities

The Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD) is the signature women’s leadership training program of Mobility International USA (MIUSA). “The contributions of the extraordinary women of the Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD) not only improve the lives of women and girls with disabilities in their home countries, they also play a critical role in combating discrimination, promoting inclusion, and defending human rights the world over.” – Hillary Rodham Clinton, 67th U.S. Secretary […]

The Best Laid Schemes

LIVING WITH A DISABILITY BY JERRY LEVINSON My GP diagnosed the problem as a pinched nerve, likely caused by use of the STS machine that had forced my spinal column and vertebrae into a position they had not been in in years. The title of this column is taken from a line in Robert Burns’ 1786 poem “To a Mouse” that reads “The best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry.” Truer words […]


BY PATTI VERBANAS (RUTGERS TODAY) For years, John and Rose Gallaher had considered moving their daughter, Maureen, out of the Vineland Developmental Center, where she had lived for 41 years, since she was six. The Toms River couple wanted her closer and in a home-like setting that could afford her a more independent lifestyle. “But we were petrified,” says Rose. “Maureen had multiple handicaps – profound mental disability, autism, cerebral palsy, severe seizure disorder, among […]

Make Buckling Up a Snap for Every Ride

Just say no to floppy, hard-to-buckle seat belts. Mom-invented MyBuckleMate makes it easy for anyone to buckle up in the backseat with one hand (just like you do in the driver’s seat). MyBuckleMate was designed for kids in booster seats and perfect for little hands. It fits in tight spaces and between booster seats and also fits securely so seats can be folded down without removing it and does not alter the buckle in any […]


Mobility Ventures has announced that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), the mass transit provider serving the New York City metro area and the largest in the nation, has expanded its fleet of MV-1 wheelchair accessible vehicles with an additional order of 147 MV-1s. As the only American-made, purpose-built accessible vehicle, the MV-1 has the proven flexibility, safety and fuel economy to make it a perfect fit for the New York City Transportation Authority and other […]

Pressure Mapping For Wheelchair Users

BY DR. KIRSTEN DAVIN, OTD, OTR/L, ATP, SMS As a parent or caregiver of a child who utilizes a wheelchair, one understands the constant struggle of incorporating comfort, function and safety within a child’s seating system. The threat of skin breakdown or pressure related wounds is real and can create a life-threatening concern if not properly addressed. Today, within the United States, we are seeing more wheelchair users than ever before. Recent estimates suggest at […]