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H.A.L.O. Foundation - Adaptive Equipment


Adaptive Equipment - General Resources

Adaptive Driving
Teaching people with special needs how to drive.
www.adaptivedrivingprogram.com

Adaptive Mobility Equipment
www.amemobility.com

Adapting Motor Vehicles for People with Disabilities
https://www.nhtsa.gov/document/adapting-motor-vehicles-people-disabilities

Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists
www.aded.net

BLVD
Buy, Sell or Rent Wheelchair Vans
www.blvd.com

Central Massachusetts Safety Council Auto School
centralmasafety.org/drivers-education/disability-driving/

Children with special needs
www.childrenwithspecialneeds.com/disability-info-2/adapted-clothing/

Disabled Dealer
Magazine to buy, sell or trade adaptive equipment.
www.disableddealer.com

Driver’s Education for People with Special Needs
www.mass.gov/rmv/driversed/specialized.htm

Freedom Concepts
Designing and building adaptive bicycles and other mobility devices to help kids be kids
www.freedomconcepts.com/

Meadows Driving School
East Longmeadow & Palmer
www.meadowsdrivingschool.com

MobilityWorks
www.mobilityworks.com/mobilityworks....

Project Mobility
The Mission of Project Mobility is to make a positive difference in the lives of children, adults and wounded soldiers with disabilities.
www.projectmobility.org

Spalding Rehabilitation Program - Cape Cod & Islands
spauldingrehab.org/conditions-and-treatments/pre-driving-evaluations

Specialized Driver's Education Programs
www.massrmv.com/rmv/driversed/specialized.htm

Special Needs Outdoor and Indoor Mobility Devices
www.babyjogger.com

The Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists
aded.site-ym.com/?page=725

Financing Vehicle Modifications

AbleData
Source for assistive technology information, has a list of over 200 manufacturers and distributors of assistive products in Massachusetts.
abledata.com/products...

Adapting Motor Vehicles for People with Disabilities
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/rules/adaptive/brochure/brochure.html

Car Talk
Website has a special section on funding for accessible vehicles, with suggestions of possible sources:
www.cartalk.com/content/special-needs-zone-3#assistance

Charity / Local Organizations:
There may be local organizations (such as Lions, Elks, Kiwanis, or Rotary Club) in your area that would be willing to help fund a vehicle or vehicle modification for an individual.

Financial Assistance Resources

Disability Nonprofit Organizations:
www.mass.gov/anf/employment-equal-access-disability...

  1. Call disability-specific organizations to find out if they have a grant program to help pay for assistive devices
  2. Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund - Eligibility determined by the Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund Commission and the MassDept of Public Health Staff. www.mass.gov/cicrf
  3. Health Insurance Carrier / Workers’ Compensation - Check with your health insurance carrier to find out if you are covered for vehicle modification.

Manufacturer Rebates or Reimbursements on new vehicle modification

Most major auto manufacturers have a rebate program that reimburses a portion of mobility equipment cost after it is installed on a new vehicle.

Ford Mobility Motoring
800-952-2248
www.fordmobilitymotoring.com/
How to apply:
www.fordmobilitymotoring.com/...

General Motors Mobility
800-323-9935
TTY 800-833-9935
www.gmmobility.com/

Honda Customer Mobility Assistance
automobiles.honda.com/...

Hyundai Mobility Program
800-633-5151
www.hyundaiusa.com/financial...

Massachusetts Assistive Technology Loan Program
Offers assistance in applying for low interest rate loans through 20 access sites across the state.
Phone: 508-751-6431 or 508-751-6428
Email: MassATLoan@eastersealsma.org
www.easterseals.com/ma/...

Massachusetts Minuteman Volkswagen Mobility Assistance
800-675-4488
www.minutemanvw.com/VW-Mobility...

Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
Vehicle modifications for eligible MRC clients. If eligible for vehicle modification, it is written in the Individual Plan for Employment (IPE).
FAQ about Vehicle Modification/MRC:
www.massmatch.org/documents/Vehicle...

Mobility by Volvo
800-803-5222
volvo.custhelp.com/app/...

National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA)
NMEDA has a list of mobility equipment providers searchable by state
www.nmeda.com/locate-dealer/

Subaru Mobile-It-Ease Program
800-782-2783
www.subaru.com/owners...

Toyota Mobility
800-331-4331
www.toyota.com/mobility

Travis Roy Foundation Individual Grant Program
Applications accepted year round for paraplegics and quadriplegics paralyzed by a spinal cord injury to assist in with vehicle modifications. Applicants must demonstrate a financial need. Grants are not available towards the purchase of new or used vans; funds are available ONLY for vehicle modifications and range from $4000 to $7500.
Information about individual grants:
www.travisroyfoundation.org/grants/individual-grants/
Grant eligibility, instructions, and form:
www.travisroyfoundation.org/....pdf

U.S. Dept of Veteran Affairs
Offers a program to meet the needs of today's veterans. The Automobile Adaptive Equipment program issues grants when qualified veterans purchase vehicles which require driving modifications. Additionally, the adaptive equipment is covered at no cost to the veteran.
www.prosthetics.va.gov/psas/AAE.asp

Additional manufacturers mobility programs
www.massmatch.org/documents/....pdf

Buying a Used Vehicle

You may want to consider buying a used and reconditioned van. Many accessible van companies also sell used vans.

Quality Auto & Van Sales in Norton
Sells former used vehicles that have lifts already in them. Contact Quality Auto at 800-408-8550.
qualityvansales.com/

Ride-Away Handicap Equipment Corp
Sells new and used vehicles. They have several two location, North Attleboro and Norwood, in Massachusetts.
800-237-7979
www.ride-away.com/lp/londonderry...

Assistive Technology Exchange in New England (getATstuff)
Is MassMATCH's free AT device exchange program. The Equipment Exchange is similar to a "want ad" where pre-owned AT is listed in order to put people looking for AT in contact with sellers or donators. The Equipment Exchange is an opportunity to re-sell or donate, or sell used AT, call the toll free MassMATCH INFO-line 877-508-3974
www.getATstuff.org

Craigslist
Search by region: Boston, Cape Cod, South Coast, Western MA, or Worcester. Enter "wheelchair accessible vans" in search bar, choose "For Sale".
boston.craigslist.org/gbs/

Disabled Dealer Magazine
888-521-8778
www.disableddealer.com

Additional resource to track down used vans for sale:
Call New England INDEX at 800-642-0249. Ask if any vans are listed for sale on "Support Conference" and the phone number of your Local Independent Living Center which may have a listing of vans for sale.

More Information:
Talk with a qualified accountant to determine your eligibility for tax credits for vehicle modifications.

Disclaimer: The Massachusetts Network of Information Providers for People with Disabilities (MNIP) is pleased to be able to provide this information. Please Note: This information is not comprehensive nor is it intended to take the place of professional advice. The user is encouraged to check other resources of such information. No endorsement by the University of Massachusetts Medical School, DisabilityInfo.org, INDEX or any of its affiliates should be inferred. We reserve the right to remove, to modify, or to add any listing at any time, for any reason, and without notice.

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