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Types of Handicap Vans

Updated on July 2, 2012
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Mobility Vans

When it comes to finding vans for handicap individuals, it’s important to consider all of the options and how those options fit in with someone’s unique needs. Whatever the circumstances, the ability to obtain a mobility van for a handicapped person is probably going to change their life significantly for the better, but with the right planning and research you can get them just the right vehicle for their needs.

One of the most common types of handicap vans that you’ll see on the road today is the full size van with strap down ties in the back seat area. This often requires that a van have entire sections of seating taken out so that the strap down ties can be installed. In some cases, a center or home for handicap individuals will use a mobility van which can actually hold multiple people who have a physical disability or who are in a wheelchair. These vans do stick out in some ways as they are large, difficult to maneuver and do not have regular seating in the car. However, they can be the right choice for people with certain disabilities or needs. For example, some people have especially large wheelchairs or need to transport multiple people, both of which could not be accommodated easily in a smaller handicap van.

There are also smaller vans for handicap people available, and those are usually in the form of a regular minivan which has been customized to meet the needs of someone with a physical disability. These vans may have removable seats in the middle and rear of the vehicle to allow for easier transportation of a wheelchair or scooter, and they are often lower to the ground to accommodate those who have difficulty with getting into a vehicle. In addition, some of these mobility vans even have hand controls built in to the steering, braking and acceleration systems so that someone without the use of their legs can still drive on their own.

Finally, it’s important to consider if you’ll want a wheelchair lift or a ramp if you are going to be transporting someone in a wheelchair or scooter in your handicap van. These two options need to be explored fully to see which works best for you.

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