Shopping for an accessible vehicle has changed over the last few years.
Q. Do you know if it’s legal to supply your own hand controls for use when renting cars? I have tried more than once and was refused the car rental — they said I could not use my own hand controls.
Whenever these incidents occur, be sure to generate a letter to the management company, preferably signed by as many of the building tenants as possible.
The SAM car would allow quadriplegics to control all aspects of driving using only their heads.
Q. Recently, I’ve been prescribed a number of different medications, which left me with a three-month supply of the “unsuccessful” ones that now need proper, safe disposal. Additionally, I have accumulated outdated wheelchairs and a variety of unneeded medical supplies. There are probably people somewhere in the world who could benefit from having access to them. Are there other avenues that I might investigate?
Q. I have owned a home located on a steep hill, but changes caused by my quadriplegia now make it more difficult for me to travel locally. The steep grade on nearby streets and sidewalks also makes it dangerous to travel in my wheelchair. I want to move to more level ground.
The world of boating is open to people with disabilities as it has never been.
I use a power wheelchair and had saved up money for the down payment on a mortgage. There will be several modifications needed to make this home accessible. One of the first places I turned for assistance was a government agency but was disappointed to learn that I have accumulated too much money and that my salary alone surpasses their limitation. Are there other resources available to people like me so that we can make access improvements or repairs?
As the weather warms, many who use hand controls seek out recreation on the water.
Q. My niece is getting married on the opposite side of the country and I use a power wheelchair. Despite flying in the past, I now question my ability to do so safely. We hear reports about flights that were canceled, delayed extensively, or people being removed from departing flights for no apparent reason. I cannot imagine what it would be like ...