The Paralyzed Veterans of America, Buckeye Chapter (BPVA) is one of 34 chapters of the Washington D.C. based Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA). As a Congressionally chartered veterans service organization not an agency of the federal government, the BPVA has been assisting veterans with spinal cord injuries or disease, including Multiple Sclerosis and ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) in Ohio since 1972.
BPVA services include:
Wheelchair Sports & Recreation
Spinal Cord Injury Research
Advocacy to eliminate architectural barriers and protect civil rights for persons with disabilities
Referral services for assistive devices, housing, employment, and transportation
Literature on a variety of topics, including self-care, independent living and disability rights
The Wheelchair Games are a popular fundraiser of the BPVA that helps support their efforts for veterans. The 2nd Annual Buckeye Wheelchair Games will be May 16 – 18, 2013 at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. If you would like more info about the Buckeye PVA or the Wheelchair Games, please visit their website at http://www.buckeyepva.org.
Today’s handicap accessible vans are more sophisticated than ever. That’s good news for customers looking for special accommodations. What determines the modifications of a van? It all comes down to how the individual’s disability interacts with different adaptive driving equipment. Each rider or driver has unique physical challenges. For example, entering or exiting a chair to enter or leave a van. Or sitting for hours on a long trip. So each van can be tailored to fit the unique needs of the rider or driver—even as they drive.
Handicap Accessible Vans: The Art of Accommodation, Perfected
Comfort is a priority in handicap accessible vans. An awesome conversion can respond to the rider or driver down to the smallest detail. Take seating options. They can vary from a simple seat that rotates out, to one that rotates out and lowers at the touch of a button. Scooter and wheelchair lifts can also help load and unload an occupied or unoccupied wheelchair, scooter or power chair for the ride. And adaptive hand controls offer ways to control key vehicle functions. From the radio controls and air conditioning to acceleration, braking and steering.
Both Yellow Cab of Columbus and people with disabilities stand to benefit from handicap accessible vans. With so many options available, these vans are worth a second glance.
Steve English and Katie Driscoll of Illinois have always had an attachment to children who have special needs. Katie is a mother to a daughter with Down Syndrome and Steve’s son is grown with special needs of his own. Together, … Continue reading →