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Maintaining independence is fundamental for people living with disabilities. Having mobility options allows people with certain disabilities to go to doctor’s appointments, grocery shop, visits friends, and keep a sense of autonomy.
Purchasing a vehicle can be expensive. However, grants and other resources can help meet diverse needs, including for those who need an accessible vehicle of their own.
Various federal funding sources can help cover the cost of wheelchair vans or adaptive equipment for your existing vehicle. Different programs may focus specifically on accessible transportation options for older adults, veterans, or people living with disabilities.
Examples of these resources include the following:
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs invites eligible veterans to seek out its automobile allowance benefits. Vets can also apply for its grants for accessible vehicles and adaptive equipment.
Adaptations may include such vehicle adaptations as changes to seats, brakes, steering wheels, and assistive equipment. Note that each state’s VA office may likely have available grants specific to state residents as well.
This program is headed up by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The Transportation for Elderly Persons and Persons with Disabilities Program grants money to states. The states then coordinate transportation services with nonprofits that address the mobility needs of seniors and people with disabilities.
These types of grant-funded services generally do not provide accessible vehicles for individual use. However, they offer transportation services that are often free or discounted.
Such public transit programs are in place in these and other states:
If you receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), have a disability, and want to work, the PASS program may be of interest to you.
Participants receive a monthly stipend that can go toward paying for an accessible vehicle if required to achieve your work goals. Learn more on the Social Security Administration website.
Across each state, grants for mobility vans vary widely. Be sure to consult The Mobility Resource’s list of state disability grants available specifically for wheelchair vans.
Other state programs exist that assist people with disabilities in modifying their vehicles to make traveling with a mobility impairment easier. Unfortunately, these programs are not consistent throughout the country. Some states that provide their residents with grant opportunities for vehicle updates include:
In addition, numerous states have low-interest loan programs that can help individuals pay for modifying or purchasing a vehicle. These include:
Certain car manufacturers also offer rebates for approved devices, equipment, and controls that have been installed in a new vehicle.
Learn more about programs available through such companies as Audi, Honda, and Subaru, among many others. (Other car companies are even launching vehicles specially designed for families with certain disabilities, such as autism.)
Grants for individuals may be available through foundations, nonprofits, and other types of organizations. Depending on the size of the program, some participants may receive enough money to cover the entire cost of assistive equipment and vehicle modifications. Smaller programs may be focused on supporting families with demonstrated financial need.
The following are examples of organizations that provide grants to individuals and families with certain disabilities:
Note that grant application criteria and deadlines will vary from one organization to another. Finding and applying for grants for those who need a wheelchair van or adaptive vehicle modifications can take time. Speak to your special needs planner for guidance.