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11

Car Modifications for People With Disabilities

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Car Modifications for People With Disabilities

Driving a car is something that many people take for granted — the ability to go wherever you want or need to go, whenever you need it. For someone with a disability, though, transportation can be a challenge.

Public transportation is not always available, particularly if you live in suburban or rural areas where transit services may be very limited or non-existent. Even if you live in a place with good transit services, times and schedules are not always convenient.

Rideshare services (like Uber, Lyft, Via, and others) do not necessarily offer accessible vehicles. These companies argued in a 2018 court case that they are technology companies, so the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility requirements do not apply. Since then, both Uber and Lyft have made an effort to improve accessibility ride options — Uber introduced UberWAV, UberASSIST, and Uber ACCESS, and the Lyft app now has “access mode” — but these services are still only available in select cities.

Vehicle modifications provide transportation options for people with disabilities. They range from simple additions like a pedal extension to more extensive changes like adding an automatic wheelchair ramp or special seats. These modifications can be expensive and are not available on every vehicle.

Barry Banks, a 72-year-old in Utah, had his vehicle modified after a minor stroke during surgery left his right leg paralyzed.

“After the stroke, my wife of 50 years had to take me everywhere I needed to go and do everything I wanted to do. That’s when I started looking into vehicle modifications,” said Barry. He had a left foot pedal installed and is able to drive again.

What modifications can be made

As technology has advanced, so have the ways you can modify vehicles for disabilities. You can add:

  • Hand controls and steering devices
  • Adaptive ignition controls
  • Automatic doors
  • Pedal or seat belt extenders
  • Left-foot accelerators
  • Seat modifications
  • Wheelchair lifts and ramps
  • Raised roof or dropped floor
  • And many more options

Smaller vehicles, like economy or compact cars, may not have enough space for modifications. If you need a larger car, SUV or van, the cost of just the vehicle will already be higher.

Types of modifications and the average cost

Car Modifications Average Cost
Hand Controls $500-$2,000
Wheelchair Accessible $10,000-$24,000+
Amputee Rings $400-$1,000+
Pedal Extensions $50-200
Scooter Lifts $1,500-$14,000

The cost of modifying a vehicle will vary depending on what you need. An important initial action item is finding a qualified driver rehabilitation specialist who can assess your needs. You can find a list of specialists in your area through:

You do have to pay for these assessments, but vocational rehabilitation agencies, health insurance, or workers’ compensation insurance may cover some or all of the cost.

Next, look for a certified shop to help with vehicle modifications. They can provide recommendations, pricing, and information about what modifications will work best for you.

“It’s very easy to find them, You look it up online and find a place where they are certified to do this,” said Banks. “[In occupational therapy] I tried to do the hand controls and it was difficult for me. You have to think really fast if you’re pushing or pulling, going, or stopping. I decided to try the left foot pedal, and it was very easy and much safer for me.”

The vehicle modification shop gave him two options for installing the pedal. The first was a manual pedal installed on the left that hooks to the right pedal with a short extension. When he pushed the left pedal it controlled the right one. The second option was more expensive because it hooks into the electronic system in the car, but that is the one Banks decided to get.

“I get in the car, there’s a button you push, and it automatically switches it over to the left gas pedal. So my wife can drive my car too. It’s wonderful. It has really opened up my life,” Banks shared.

If you plan to travel in your vehicle, it’s also important to note that the laws for using disability placards issued in another state vary by state. In general, most states allow you to use a placard from another state, but there may be restrictions. AccessibleGO has a state-by-state parking guide to help when planning a trip.

Auto insurance for adaptive vehicles

Like all drivers on the road, adaptive vehicle drivers must be insured. ADA anti-discrimination laws prevent insurance companies from charging higher rates based solely on the fact that you have a disability. All car insurance companies must offer insurance rates that are reasonable and fair, and it’s important to know your rights.

However, there are reasons someone with a disability may have to pay a higher monthly premium for automobile insurance. Companies may give you a higher quote for premiums if:

  • You have a certain medical condition with increased safety risk (such as epilepsy or stroke)
  • You have a vehicle with custom modifications that would increase vehicle replacement costs in the event of an accident

Adding extra coverage

When you own an adaptive vehicle, you may want to consider additional coverage, such as:

  • Higher collision or comprehensive coverage amounts to pay for the full cost of replacing a vehicle with interior or exterior modifications.
  • Mobility car insurance, which provides temporary transportation in an accessible vehicle if yours needs repairs.
  • Roadside assistance to help with things like flat tires or other vehicle breakdowns.

These additional coverages could increase the premiums for your insurance.

It’s important to tell an insurance company about any medical conditions or vehicle modifications that could impact your coverage. Not doing so could result in loss of coverage or an insurance company that refuses to pay after an accident.

Finding affordable coverage

To keep the cost of insurance affordable, ask about:

    • Low-mileage or usage-based discounts: These discounts can reduce your costs if you don’t drive long distances or do not drive often. Some require a small device installed in your vehicle to transmit information about your driving habits and total mileage to the insurance company.
    • Senior discounts: Many companies offer discounts for people who are 55 or older.
    • Bundling discounts: You can get lower rates if you bundle more than one coverage together, such as auto and homeowners insurance.
    • Safe driver discounts: Many companies offer safe driver discounts to people with no recent accidents that were your fault, and no recent moving violations (such as speeding tickets).

If you do not plan to drive the modified vehicle, you can also remove yourself from the policy as a driver, possibly lowering the cost of insurance.

How to pay for vehicle modifications

One of the biggest challenges for people who would like to get a modified vehicle is finding a way to pay for it. This can be especially difficult if you’re already budgeting for other medical expenses or necessary home modifications, in addition to car modifications.

There are several things you can look into for help covering some or all of the cost of your vehicle modifications:

      • Auto insurance policies may pay for some or all of your adaptive equipment if you need it after being involved in a motor vehicle crash.
      • Workers’ compensation insurance policies usually cover adaptive equipment that is necessary after a work-related injury.
      • Medicare will pay for adaptive equipment in some situations. Contact the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) at 1-800-MEDICARE to find out if you are eligible.
      • Vehicle manufacturer rebates are available from some manufacturers if you purchase a newer vehicle (usually less than one year old). If you work with a dealer who is part of the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA), they can usually help you find out what’s available and apply.
      • Special financing programs with extended loan terms, lease packages, and other options can make adaptive vehicle payments more affordable. An NMEDA dealer can help you discover what options are available.
      • Sales tax waivers are available in many states for adaptive devices.
      • Tax deductions are available for some adaptive equipment. A tax consultant can help you identify which modifications qualify for these deductions.
      • Nonprofit organizations in some local areas offer grants and other assistance for adaptive equipment and vehicle modifications.

Available Grants

Many states and local governments offer grants or other programs to help people with disabilities pay for vehicle modifications through vocational rehabilitation services, disability services or aging services. Available resources and programs vary by state and local area. Find information about which public and private organizations provide resources in your state below.

Alabama|Alaska|Arizona|Arkansas|California|Colorado|Connecticut|Delaware|Florida|Georgia|Hawaii|
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Tennessee|Texas|Utah|Vermont|Virginia|Washington|West Virginia|Wisconsin|Wyoming

State Organization
Alabama Alabama Council for Developmental Disabilities (CDD)
Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Alabama Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
Alabama Statewide Technology Access & Response (STAR) Program
Alabama Vocational Rehabilitation Service (VRS)
Alaska Alaska Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)
Alaska Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)
Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA)
Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
Assistive Technology of Alaska (ATLA)
Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education (GCDSE)
Northwest Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Center
Statewide Independent Living Council of Alaska (SILC)
Arizona Arizona Aging and Disabilities Resource Centers (ADRCs)
Arizona Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)
Arizona Department of Veterans Services
Arizona Rehabilitation Services
Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
Arkansas Arkansas Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)
Arkansas Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)
Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA)
Arkansas Disability Coalition (ADC)
Arkansas Governor’s Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC)
Arkansas Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
Arkansas Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)
Increasing Capacities Access Network (ICAN)
California California Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)
California Association of Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)
California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR)
California Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA)
California State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD)
California Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
San Diego Assistive Technology Center (SDATC)
Colorado Adult Resources for Care and Help (ARCH)
Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)
The Center for People with Disabilities (CPWD)
Colorado Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, State of Colorado (DVR)
Connecticut Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS), State of Connecticut
Connect-Ability
Connecticut Association of Area Agencies on Aging (C4A)
Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities (CDD)
Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Connecticut Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
Connecticut Tech Act Project (CTTAP)
New England Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Center
North Central Area Agencies on Aging
Delaware Adam Taliaferro Foundation
Delaware Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)
Delaware Assistive Technology Initiative (DATI)
Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Delaware Disabilities Council
Delaware Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities (DSAAPD)
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), State of Delaware
Florida Abilities Foundation (AF)
Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), State of Florida
Center for Independent Living (CIL)
Department of Elder Affairs (DEA), State of Florida
Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST)
Florida Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Florida Developmental Disabilities Council (FDDC)
Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
Georgia disABILITY Link
Georgia Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)
Georgia Association of Area Agencies on Aging (GAAAA)
Georgia Department of Veterans Services
Georgia Rehabilitation Services
Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) of Georgia
Tools for Life
Hawaii Assistive Technology Resource Centers (ATRCs) of Hawaii
Hawaii Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)
Hawaii Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)
Hawaii Office of Veterans Services (OVS)
Hawaii State Council on Developmental Disabilities (CDD)
Hawaii Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services Program
Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) of Hawaii
Idaho Idaho Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)
Idaho Assistive Technology Project (ATP)
Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities (CDD)
Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
Idaho Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
Northwest Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Center
State of Idaho Division of Veterans Services (DVS)
Illinois Family Support Network
Great Lakes Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Center
Illinois Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)
Illinois Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)
Illinois Assistive Technology Program (IATP)
Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA)
Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living (INCIL)
Illinois Vocational Rehab (VR)
State of Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities (CDD)
Indiana Great Lakes Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Center
Indiana Aging Services
Indiana Assistive Technology Act (INDATA)
Indiana Association of Area Agencies on Aging (IAAA)
Indiana Council on Independent Living (ICOIL)
Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA)
Indiana Disability Services
Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS)
Iowa Great Plains Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Center
Iowa Able Foundation
Iowa Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)
Iowa Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)
Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA)
Iowa COMPASS
Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS)
Kansas Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK)
Great Plains Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Center
Kansas Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)
Kansas Area Agencies on Aging Association (K4A)
Kansas Commission on Disability Concerns (KCDC)
Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs (CVA)
Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities (CDD)
Kansas Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
Kansas Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS)
Kentucky Kentucky Assistive Technology Loan Corporation (KATLC)
Kentucky Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)
Kentucky Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) and Independent Living
Kentucky Assistive Technology Service (KATS) Network Coordinating Center
Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA)
Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)
Kentucky Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
Louisiana Area Agencies on Aging (AAA), State of Louisiana
Louisiana Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)
Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network (LATAN)
Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA)
Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC)
Louisiana Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
Governor’s Office of Disability Affairs
Louisiana Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)
Southwest Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Center
Maine Bureau of Maine Veterans Services
Maine Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)
Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)
Maine CITE
Maine Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC)
Maine Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)
New England Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Center
Pine Tree Society
Maryland Department of Aging
Family NETworks
Jill Fox Memorial Fund
Maryland Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)
Maryland Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)
Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC)
Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA)
Maryland Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
Maryland Technology Assistance Program
Massachusetts Massachusetts Aging and Disabilities Resource Centers (ADRCs)
Massachusetts Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)
Massachusetts Statewide Independent Living Council (MASILC)
Massachusetts Veterans’ Services
Massachusetts Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS)
MassMatch
New England Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Center
Michigan The Great Lakes ADA Center
Michigan Aging and Disabilities Resource Centers (ADRCs)
Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA)
Michigan Disability Rights Coalition (MDRC)
Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS)
Michigan Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
Minnesota EquipALife
The Great Lakes ADA Center
Minnesota Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)
Minnesota Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)
Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA)
Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities (CDD)
Minnesota Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
Minnesota System of Technology to Achieve Results (STAR) Program
Positively Minnesota
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
Mississippi Mississippi Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)
Mississippi Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)
Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services (MDRS)
Mississippi Statewide Independent Living Center (SILC)
Mississippi Veterans Affairs Board (VAB)
Project START
Missouri Missouri Assistive Technology (MoAT)
Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging (ma4)
Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council (MODDC)
Missouri Veterans Commission
Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)
Montana Montana Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)
Montana Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)
Montana Council on Developmental Disabilities (CDD)
Montana Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
Montana Veterans Affairs (VA)
Montana Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Programs
MonTECH
Rocky Mountain Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Center
Nebraska Assistive Technology Partnership (ATP)
Great Plains Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Center
Nebraska Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)
Nebraska Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)
Nebraska Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA)
Nebraska Statewide Independent Living Council (NESILC)
Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)
Nevada Assistive Technology for Independent Living (AT/IL) Program
Nevada Aging and Disabilities Resource Centers (ADRCs)
Nevada Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)
Nevada Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR)
Nevada Office of Veterans Services (OVS)
Nevada Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
New Hampshire Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services (BEAS)
Governor’s Commission on Disability
Granite State Independent Living (GSIL)
The Harry Gregg Foundation
Institute on Disability (IOD)
New England Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Center
New Hampshire Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)
New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities (NHCDD)
New Hampshire State Offices of Veterans Services
New Hampshire Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
New Hampshire Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)
New Jersey Adam Taliaferro Foundation
Area Agency on Aging (AAA)
Assistive Technology Center (ATC)
Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (VA), State of New Jersey
Disability Rights New Jersey (DRNJ)
New Jersey Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)
New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities (NJCDD)
New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS)
New Jersey Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
Northeast Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Center
New Mexico Independent Living Resource Center (ILRC) of New Mexico
New Mexico Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)
New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department
New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services (NMDVS)
New Mexico Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC)
New Mexico Technology Assistance Program (NMATP)
State of New Mexico Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
Southwest Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Center
University of New Mexico Center for Development and Disability (UNMCDD)
New York Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR)
Center for Assistive Technology (CAT)
New York Aging and Disabilities Resource Centers (ARDCs)
New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC)
New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs (VA)
New York State Independent Living Council (NYSILC)
Northeast Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Center
North Carolina North Carolina Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)
North Carolina Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)
North Carolina Assistive Technology Program (NCATP)
North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities (CDD)
North Carolina Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA)
North Carolina Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS)
North Carolina Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
North Dakota North Dakota Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)
North Dakota Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)
North Dakota Association for the Disabled (NDAD)
North Dakota Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA)
North Dakota Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
North Dakota Interagency Program for Assistive Technology (IPAT)
North Dakota State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD)
North Dakota Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
Rocky Mountain Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Center
Ohio Disability Foundation
Great Lakes ADA Center
Ohio Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)
Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging (O4A)
Ohio Department of Veterans Services (DVS)
Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC)
Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission (RSC)
Ohio Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
Oklahoma Oklahoma Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)
Oklahoma Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)
Oklahoma Assistive Technology Center (OATC)
Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS)
Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA)
Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC)
Oklahoma Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
Southwest Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Center
Oregon Blanche Fischer Foundation (BFF)
The Institute on Development and Disability
Mobility Unlimited
Northwest Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Center
Oregon Aging and Disabilities Resource Centers (ADRCs)
Oregon Association of Area Agencies on Aging and Disabilities (O4AD)
Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities (CDD)
Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA)
Oregon Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (OVRS)
Oregon Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
Oregon Technology Access Program (OTAP)
Oregon’s Statewide Assistive Technology Program
Pennsylvania Adam Taliaferro Foundation
Pennsylvania Aging and Disabilities Resource Centers (ADRCs)
Pennsylvania Area Agencies on Aging (PAAA)
Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (VA)
Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council (PDDC)
Pennsylvania Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
Pennsylvania Workforce Development’s Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)
Rhode Island New England Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Center
Ocean State Center for Independent Living (OSCIL)
Rhode Island Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)
Rhode Island Assistive Technology Access Partnership (ATAP)
Rhode Island Developmental Disabilities Council (RIDDC)
Rhode Island Division of Elderly Affairs (DEA)
Rhode Island Division of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Rhode Island Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS)
Rhode Island Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
TechACCESS of Rhode Island
South Carolina Family Connection South of Carolina
South Carolina Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)
South Carolina Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)
South Carolina Assistive Technology Program (SCATP)
South Carolina Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC)
South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department (VRD)
South Carolina State Office of Veterans’ Affairs (OVA)
South Carolina Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
South Dakota Dakotalink
Rocky Mountain Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Center
South Dakota Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)
South Dakota Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)
South Dakota Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities (CCD)
South Dakota Council on Developmental Disabilities (CDD)
South Dakota Department of the Military and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
South Dakota Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
South Dakota Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS)
Tennessee Star Center
Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Tennessee Disability Coalition
Tennessee Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
Tennessee Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS)
Texas Fleetwood Memorial Foundation
Texas Aging and Disabilities Resource Centers (ADRCs)
Texas Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)
Texas Veterans Commission
Utah Rocky Mountain Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Center
Utah Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)
Utah Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)
Utah Assistive Technology Program (UATP)
Utah Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA)
Utah Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC)
Utah Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
Utah Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)
Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living (DAIL)
New England Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Center
Office of Veterans Affairs (VA), State of Vermont
Vermont Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC)
Vermont Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)
Vermont Assistive Technology Program (ATP)
Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC)
Vermont Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
Vermont Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
Virginia Virginia Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)
Virginia Assistive Technology System (VATS)
Virginia Association of Area Agencies on Aging (VAAAA)
Virginia Board for People with Disabilities
Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS)
Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
Washington Northwest Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Center
Center for Continuing Education in Rehabilitation
Washington Aging and Disabilities Resource Centers (ADRCs)
Washington Assistive Technology Act Program (WATAP)
Washington Association of Area Agencies on Aging (W4A)
Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC)
Washington Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Washington State Independent Living Council (WASILC)
West Virginia West Virginia Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)
West Virginia Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)
West Virginia Assistive Technology System (WVATS)
Center for Excellence in Disabilities
West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance (DVA)
West Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
West Virginia Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)
Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), State of Wisconsin
Governor’s Committee for People with Disabilities (GCPD)
Great Lakes ADA Center
Independent Living Council of Wisconsin (ILCW)
Wisconsin Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)
Wisconsin Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)
Wisconsin’s Assistive Technology Program (WisTech)
Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (WBPDD)
Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA)
Wyoming Wyoming Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)
Wyoming Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)
Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources (WATR)
Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD)
Wyoming Military Department
Wyoming Statewide Independent Living Council (SICL)
Wyoming Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)

The bottom line

Vehicle modifications are a great option for people who want or need the independence that driving can provide. Before you buy a modified vehicle, it’s a good idea to talk to a certified adaptive driving specialist or a dealer that is part of the NMEDA to determine exactly what vehicle and what modifications will best meet your needs.

It’s also imperative to find out in advance what the costs will be, including:

        • Costs to purchase a vehicle with modifications or to modify an existing vehicle
        • Automobile insurance costs
        • Additional costs to accommodate an adaptive vehicle, such as home modifications to be able to park the car in your garage or driveway

These costs can add up, but fortunately, there are federal, state, and local government programs, as well as charitable organizations and other resources, that can help alleviate some of these costs.

“There were two things I wanted to be able to do after my stroke. One was to drive, the other was to go bowling,” said Banks. “Well, I’m not going to be able to go bowling, but I can drive. The biggest benefit of car modifications is that a person who has a disability gets their freedom back. I can pick up my grandkids at school and take them home. I can go to the grocery store, the pharmacy, and the gym on my own. It really helped my attitude after the stroke.”

   

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