ERIC Number: ED405685
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
Adaptive Driving Equipment: Selection and Major Considerations [and] Battery Powered Scooters and 3-Wheelers. Information Support Packets #1 and #2.
Stevens, John H.
Two brief guides offer suggestions for persons with physical disabilities who are considering the purchase of adaptive driving equipment, battery-powered scooters, or three wheelers. The first guide offers guidelines for individuals considering purchase of special hand controls or other modifications or a van lift to enhance their independence in the area of personal transportation. Hand controls are briefly described and the importance of dealing with a responsible vendor is emphasized. Insurance aspects are noted. An assessment quiz provides a checklist for the selection and purchase of hand controls. Van lifts in general and hydraulic and electric lifts specifically are briefly described. A similar quiz/checklist is offered to help in selecting a van lift. A listing of manufacturers of adaptive driving equipment is included. The second guide notes the popularity of small transportable three-wheeled scooters for individuals with mobility limitations. The guide briefly describes important features of the power and drive systems, batteries, steering and control features, braking, and seating and armrests. A 13-item assessment quiz is offered as a checklist for potential purchasers. A listing of U.S. manufacturers of battery-powered 3-wheelers is provided. (DB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: South Carolina State Vocational Rehabilitation Dept., West Columbia. Center for Rehabilitation Technology Services.