One of the biggest ways a person in a wheelchair can get that feeling back is to have the ability to drive again. Besides, a lot people with disabilities were driving enthusiasts before they were ever in wheelchairs. So why shouldn’t they have the ability to take pleasure drives (or make trips to the grocery store) just like the rest of us? That is where BraunAbility Wheelchair access vans come into play.
BraunAbility was started by Ralph Braun, a young man who was stricken by muscular atrophy and had to start using a wheelchair when he was only 14 years old. But Mr. Braun was very mechanically inclined, so much so that he actually invented the wheelchair lift used in most modern wheelchair accessible vans. Eventually BraunAbility expanded into the company it is today with 213 dealers across the country.
All BraunAbility vans are sold through a dealership and Nick Gutwein, a spokesman for the firm, warns against buying converted vans from companies on the internet. “We are committed to selling only through qualified dealers who can get customer’s acclimated to driving the vans and can service them any time 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All dealership technicians are fully certified by the company, the facilities have peerless wheelchair access and are air conditioned.”
BraunAbility dealers carry new and used inventory on their lots and have contracts with both Chrysler and Toyota for Caravan and Sienna minivans. The conversions are designed to blend in with other minivans and are fully crash tested and safety rated. A typical conversion costs $22,000-$24,000 in addition to the cost of the basic van but the Veterans Administration and State Vocational Rehab funds can be used to help pay for the cost.
The most important gift any person with a disability can receive is the gift of freedom and Braunability helps give people that gift. Mr. Gutwein summed it up best when he said, “we help people live their life to the fullest.”
To get more information on the different types of vans that BraunAbility offers go to www.BraunAbility.com.