June 3, 2012

Choosing a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle That's Right for You

UNITED KINGDOMMotability is a UK non-profit organization that enables people with disabilities who receive either the Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance or the War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement to utilize these benefits to obtain a new car, powered wheelchair or scooter. The following video, hosted by Lara Masters provides a step-by-step process for buying a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV). While some of the information shown is specific to the Motability Scheme, much of it would be useful for anyone to consider before going ahead with such a purchase. Here are some of the things they suggest:

1. What is a WAV? - Learn about the different vehicle types and options available.
2. Why Choose a WAV? - Does a WAV fit your criteria and circumstances?
3. Things to Consider before Making a Decision - Who is using the WAV, Who is driving?, Budget constraints?, Take at least 1 test drive, Involve others, Try it where you will use it, Is it comfortable, convenient, Is there easy access?, Is there enough room? Will circumstances change?

VIDEO: Motability - Choosing a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle

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