In the minds of many drivers who are disabled, driving is considered to be a gift. In reality, it can often be an expensive undertaking.
Q. My wife and I are planning to buy a home in a new development where we will be joined by our paraplegic adult son. Making the home wheelchair accessible is an important part of our plans, but we have run across some challenges in making that happen.
Q. The electric wheelchair I’ve been using the last 10 years is beyond repair, and my vendor says replacement parts are unavailable. My need for the wheelchair is critical. Now I have learned that my level of disability does not allow me to have a chair with the same features. I have been “demoted” to a standard power wheelchair.
Companies are introducing new or upgraded accessories to be enjoyed by people with a variety of disabilities.
Q. I am confused about what has happened to parking spaces for those of us who drive vans and must unload from side ramps or wheelchair lifts.
There are many manufacturers that realize the value of our customer base and have continued to introduce new products or improvements.
Q. I work for a company that made an accommodation for me and my wheelchair, which allows me to work on the first floor of our two-story building. Others in my department work upstairs, but our office building lacks an elevator. I now have a larger problem.
Many golf courses have started adding accessible golf carts to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Some local advocates have made a proposal to our county council to adopt a new version of the symbol that appears in all of the accessible parking spaces in our community.