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Hummingbird Lover
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   Posted 3/14/2008 7:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Everyone!
I hope everyone is doing well! I have a question and was wondering if anyone here may be able to help me. I need an accessible van but cannot afford one that is already accessible!! The prices are crazy! Anyway, I have been looking at vans in general and was wondering if anyone knew about help to get them accessible? Now, I'm not talking about a brand new van, that is just as expensive! I am looking at vans that are no older than three years old. Does anyone provide help to pay for that? What would be great is if I could find someone just to do it, like a grant or something.
If anyone can help I would be so grateful! I need to get busy in ministry again and must have a van to do it!
Take care everybody and know you are always in my prayers!
"All things work together for good to those who are called according to His Purpose." Rms 8:28
Rev. Adelle

Motown John
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Date Joined Jun 2005
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   Posted 3/15/2008 10:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Saturday p.m.
Hello Hummingbird:
With regards to your van issue.....
I live in Michigan...and we have quite a competent and active MS Society chapter.
I get quartterly magazine from them...and they generally have used vans for sale...on back page. about checking 21st Century place to find EVERYTHING?
EBAY.....Just a thought.  Or state MS Society?
Great  Luck.  John Francis

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   Posted 3/16/2008 3:06 PM (GMT -6)   
One of the things that makes a van accessible is that the floor of the van -- the whole floor-- is lowered. If it weren't, the ramp going up into the van would be too steep, and you would not be able to ride up in it in your wheelchair without hitting your head on the ceiling inside.
So it is not possible to take a "regular" van and put a ramp in it.  If all you need are hand controls, those can go into any car, and there are some other modifications possible. But if you're looking for a van with a ramp and have to buy new, or used, one that is already designed for that purpose.
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....

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Date Joined Feb 2008
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   Posted 3/17/2008 9:22 AM (GMT -6)   

Hello Hummingbird,

Just thought I'd add my two cents.  Did you know that you can also get a PT Cruiser, a Honda Element and I believe a Scion retrofitted to accomadate a wheelchair?  They are really neat.  There is also a new product you may not have heard about, it's called a FlexRamp.  According to the ad it turns any full size or mini van into and accessible van.  Their website is:  Might be something you might be interested in.

Gentle hugs,
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