Wheelchairs & Scooters Resources

Last updated: May 21, 2016

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  • Action Products, Inc. makes wheelchair cushions and seating systems; heel and elbow protectors, and full mattress overlays for Rehab/DME markets
  • Armrest Wheelchair Bags bags for your powerchair, wheelchair, or scooter add the ability to store your personal items in an easy to use, and conveniently located place. Secure, and weather resistant, these are the best wheelchair bags on the market.
  • Autochair (wheelchair and scooter carriers). AutoChair designs and manufactures hoists and other aids to assist people with disabilities and reduced mobility to get into their car or van. [UK]
  • Beach Wheelchairs there are so many sand-friendly wheelchairs, you might have a hard time choosing among them.
  • East Coast Rehab, LLC of Alexandria, Virginia custom mobility products: manual, power and sport wheelchairs, as well as custom seating and positioning
  • EV Riders a complete line of powerful mobility scooters for elderly, seniors and disabled customers for every need and every budget: like the state-of-the-art Royale (both 4-Wheel and 3-Wheel versions available), the strong and most powerful SportRider™, the 1-2-3 folding TranSport, the beautiful and transportable RiderXpress and the powerful, fun and versatile Stand N Ride™ scooter for kids and adults wanting to have fun.
  • Emergency Evacuation and Stair Climbing Chairs and Attachments
    • Scalamobil Portable Stair Lift in U.S. and Canada
    • Stair-Climbing Wheelchair
    • iBotfrom Wikipedia. The iBOT is a powered wheelchair developed by Dean Kamen in a partnership between DEKA and Johnson and Johnson's Independence Technology division. As of 2009, it is no longer available for sale from Independence Technology, but support for existing units was available until the end of 2013. In 2010, one organization was trying to revive the manufacture and maintenance of the iBOT Mobility System. America's Huey 091 Foundation is an organization that provides advanced mobility devices, which used to include the iBOT, to wounded disabled veterans. The foundation's goal is to help revive the manufacture of a new generation of iBOT and if possible to manufacture, sell, and maintain some using a veteran owned and operated organization. In 2011, Dean Kamen, the inventor of the iBOT, stated his support of America's Huey 091 Foundation's effort to reinstate iBOT production.
    • iBOT Discontinued — Unfortunate for the Disabled but Perhaps a Budding Robotics Opportunity?
  • Freedom Concepts – Bicycles designs and builds bicycles and other mobility devices to help kids be kids. To let people enjoy the simple joy of movement. To create a cycle of mobility.
  • Life on Wheels Center
  • Ms. Wheelchair America
  • Luggage Tips for Wheelchair Travel – Packing to Carrying A wheelchair user needs significant trunk control to handle the weight of a heavily loaded backpack. So what do you do when you have a lot of stuff to carry combined with a maneuverable but "tippy" wheelchair?
  • Mobility Independent Transportation Systems, Inc. (M.I.T.S.) driving equipment, van conversions, scooters, and power chairs [Mid-Atlantic region]
  • Mobility Outlet Cummings Mobility Conversions & Supply Inc. has been providing automobile conversions and adaptive devices for the physically challenged for over 30 years.
  • Scalamobil Portable Stair Lift wheelchair attachment for climbing stairs
  • Scootaround delivers to cruise ships, conferences, etc.
  • SpinLife SpinLife's customer service staff provides logical buying advice for those who are not yet sure what type of product will work best for them. SpinLife also provides guaranteed low prices for quality products for those who know exactly what they need.
  • The Scooter Store
  • Towson Medical Equipment Company, Inc. scooters, powered and unpowered wheelchairs, seatlift and recline chairs, stairway elevators and wheelchair lifts, home modifications and grab bar installations, portable and permanent ramps, and medical supplies
  • Wheelchair Diffusion Blog Wheelchair and scooter tech guides and reviews This blog is sponsored by the United Spinal Association.
  • A guide to wheelchair selection by Jean Minkel, MA, PT – A United Spinal Association TechGuide publication
  • Wheelchair Manufacturer, Invacare Corporation, provides custom manual wheelchairs, IVC manual wheelchairs, power wheelchairs, top end everyday chairs, and high-performance sports and recreation wheelchairs
  • Wheelchair and Scooter Express
  • Wheelchair Medic wheelchair repair technicians and parts to keep you mobile at all times
  • WheelchairNet
  • Wheels Unlimited
  • Whirlwind Wheelchair International The RoughRider wheelchair makes it possible for every person who needs a wheelchair can obtain one that will lead to maximum personal independence and integration into society. Whirlwind has worked with wheelchair riders around the world to design durable and highly functional wheelchairs that perform well on rough terrain and are built in factories that contribute to local economic development.
  • Lifts and ramps:

Adaptive Vehicle Guide Information

Last updated: May 22, 2016

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Reprinted with permission from the American Automobile Association, AAA World Magazine, May/June issue, 2000.

brochure coverThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published its first consumer brochure to help persons with disabilities select and purchase a car with adaptive equipment or modify an existing vehicle.

Adapting Motor Vehicles for Disabled People provides a step-by-step process to help consumers in the market for adaptive equipment evaluate their needs, select the right vehicle and find a qualified dealer to make the necessary vehicle modifications. General information is also included on cost-saving, licensing requirements and organizations to contact for assistance. A new vehicle modified with adaptive equipment can cost from $20,000-$80,000, so it pays to research any public or private organizations that can offer financial help.

According to NHTSA, there are more than 380,000 vehicles on the road today that have been adapted with new equipment such as mechanical and powered hand controls for gas and brakes, joystick steering, wheelchair lifts and low-effort braking systems. While the brochure focuses on drivers of modified vehicles, it also includes suggestions for drivers who transport passengers with disabilities.

The brochure is available on NHTSA's Web site at https://www.nhtsa.gov/cars/rules/adaptive/brochure/. And as a PDF file. (629 K .pdf) Or call the Department of Transportation Auto Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236.

Related Links

  • Adaptive Automotive Equipment (.pdf). [Not currently available—being updated for sale.] The United Spinal Association offers a free publication about adapting automobiles for disabled drivers. Significant improvements have been made in the technology of adaptive automotive equipment, giving individuals with spinal cord injuries or disorders (SCI/D) more options than ever for getting back behind the wheel of a car. Take a look at how adaptive controls can make a big difference in the quality of someone's life.
  • NHTSA's Automotive Safety Issues for Persons with Disabilities