Transportation directors and fleet managers face increasing pressure to answer the question of wheelchair safety standards on their school buses. Recent changes in the standards of wheelchair tie-down and occupant restraint systems (or WTORS) have added additional considerations to the safe transportation of passengers. RESNA WC18 is the latest version of industry-accepted crashworthiness evaluation standards. Whether you are a district transportation executive or a parent of a standard that uses wheelchair transportation on buses, it is important to have someone to ask about the equipment necessary to follow these new standards. Read more
The term “wheelchair van” gets used quite often, because for many years, there were very few accessible family transportation options, mostly based on one reliable model of conversion van. The style remained for many years, because those vans offered freedom & flexibility needed by many families with wheelchair transportation requirements. The entire family could go to the same place at the same time, and what a wonderful gift that is! That also meant, however, that the entire family had the same transportation experience. There was a balance between comfort and mobility, and the comfort was almost always the sacrifice that was made. Read more
We are fortunate to be joined at the 2017 Mobility Rodeo by Tom Treacy, Director of the ABLE Savings Program.
Under the ABLE Savings Program, Kansans with disabilities now have the option to open a checking account with a debit card to use for living expenses such as education, medical and housing without affecting their government benefits. Under the law, people with disabilities and their families can set aside up to $14,000 a year in special accounts without affecting their eligibility for SSI benefits, Medicaid or other government programs. Read more
Martin has full-time custody of her two teenage granddaughters, one of whom is Bailey, a full-time wheelchair user diagnosed with myotonic dystrophy, a genetic disorder that affects muscle function.
Getting from point A to point B when travelling is often an adventure in and of itself, because the differences between our country and the rest of the world can be intimidating. Uncertainty about driving laws, currency conversions and other things make foreign travel daunting at times. But, as Tiffany Nickel found on her travels to Costa Rica, there is often more that is similar to home than is different. Those include:
Article #1: Making the Best
We often hear that accessibility is a major reason why people don’t travel often. Equal accessibility across the globe is a goal of many organizations, such as Mobility International USA. While accessibility during travel is a major concern that requires planning, it should never stop anyone from doing things they would like to do. Read more
Apple filling for 9-inch pie
1/2 c. sugar
1/4 c. flour
1/2 t. nutmeg
1 t. cinnamon
6 c. thinly sliced apples – 1/2 pared; 1/2 w/skins
Here are a few tips if this is your first time.
The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) is our industry’s trade association. www.nmeda.org. Reputable mobility equipment dealers are members of the association. Kansas Truck Mobility has gone one step further and been audited by a third-party from NMEDA who certified our company as a QAP (Quality Assurance Program) mobility equipment dealer.
It’s Father’s Day weekend, and if there’s one area of the home that is traditionally Dad’s domain, it’s the garage. The Man Cave! What makes a man cave wheelchair accessible?
Marc Schmidt, customer and recipient of the Purple Heart and Bronze Star in 1968, has been using adaptive equipment for almost 50 years. I’d rate him an expert on adaptive equipment. Schmidt remodeled his garage entry to the house a few years ago and let us snap some pictures. He created a platform that was the correct height so that when his wheelchair van ramp deployed, he could exit using the van’s ramp through a small automatic overhead door installed between the garage and laundry room.