Wikipedia’s definition of Assistive Technology: Assistive technology or adaptive technology (AT) is an umbrella term that includes assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices for people with disabilities and also includes the process used in selecting, locating, and using them. AT promotes greater independence by enabling people to perform tasks that they were formerly unable to accomplish, or had great difficulty accomplishing, by providing enhancements to, or changing methods of interacting with, the technology needed to accomplish such tasks.
A wheelchair van is an example of an AT product. The conversion of a wheelchair van generally involves the following:
- Some portion of the floor is lowered
- Seating is modified to allow wheelchair access and is reconfigurable
- Means of external access added. This is most often a ramp, lift, or turning seat
- Suspension may be stiffened to allow extra weight of power chairs / additional weight from conversion
- Power kneeling system is typically added to reduce the slope of the ramp
- Gas tanks and fuel lines may be modified
- Vehicle is certified to meet NHTSA safety requirements
Wheelchair lifts, scooter lifts, hand controls, raised doors, raised roof…all can be considered AT devices. Kersey Mobility provides a free consultation with a Certified Mobility Specialist to determine which type of conversion and equipment best meets each customer’s individual needs. We have locations on both sides of Washington state for your convenience. One in Sumner, serving Western Washington, and one in Spokane, serving Eastern Washington. Contact us today!