InfoQuest July-August 2008

More about … hand controls, turning seats and funding sources

Article Highlights:
  • Hand controls
  • Turnings seats
  • Funding resources for adapted driving controls
by Quest Staff on July 1, 2008 - 1:58pm

QUEST Vol. 15, No. 4

Hand Controls Keep You on the Go” and “Turning seats can enhance mobility” show how vehicles can be adapted to help people with muscle weakness continue to drive or get in and out more easily.

The resources below tell where to find hand controls and turning seats manufacturers, as well as funding resources that can help lessen the financial burden of paying for it all.

Resources for drivers

Adaptive Driving Alliance
(623) 434-0722
The national group consists of vehicle modification dealers that are NMEDA Quality Assurance Program (QAP) certified and provide van conversions, hand controls, wheelchair lifts, scooter lifts, tie downs, conversion van rentals, paratransit and other adaptive equipment for disabled drivers and passengers.

American Occupational Therapy Association
(301) 652-2682

Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED)
(877) 529-1830
Database to locate Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (CDRS) in your state.

National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA)
(Quality Assurance Program)
(800) 833-0427
Search the directory for NMEDA manufacturers and dealers in your area.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(888) 327-4236
Go to and enter the following titles in the search box:

  • “Adapting Motor Vehicles for People with Disabilities”
  • “Automotive Safety Issues for Persons with Disabilities”
  • “Hand Control Usage and Safety Assessment”
  • “Safety Issues for Vehicles Adapted for Use by Persons with Disabilities”

Hand controls

Ace Mobility
(877) 223-5301
High-tech, drive-by-wire controls, including joystick for gas, brake and steering

(800) 470-7067
Push/pull mechanical hand control

Creative Controls Inc.
(800) 539-7237
Mechanical push/pull and push/rightangle controls; secondary controls; high-tech pneumatic gas/brake systems

Crescent Industries
(207) 777-3500
Secondary controls

Driving Aids Development Corp. (DADC)
(800) 767-6435
Power-assisted push/pull and push/twist controls

(973) 808-9709
Mechanical push/pull controls; steering wheel devices; reduced-effort steering; horizontal steering systems; low- and noeffort brake modifications

Driving Systems Inc. (dSI)
(818) 782-6793
Scott and Menox driving systems

Electronic Mobility Controls
(225) 927-5558
High-tech, drive-by-wire hand controls, including joystick for gas, brake and steering

Independent Driving Systems
(888) 422-5337
Customized, high-tech controls

(888) 453-6738
Digital accelerator ring integrated inside the steering wheel and mechanical hand brake control

Mobility Products & Design
(800) 485-2499
Push/pull and push/right-angle controls; 3700 vertical, floor-mounted push/pull

Mobility Products & Services
(800) 243-4051
Mechanical push/pull control

(888) 370-5050
Push/rock control

(913) 871-5772
SmartSignal controller for turn signals; mounts so driver can reach without taking hands off wheel or hand control

Turning seats

Access Unlimited
(800) 849-2143
Click on “Van Products”

(800) 843-5438
Click on “Products” and “Companion Seat”

Bruno Independent Living Aids
(800) 882-8183
Click on “Turning Automotive Seating”

Freedom Lift
(800) 755-2856
Click on “Products” and “All Seat Products”

(800) 348-8267
Click on “Lifts” and “Seating & Accessories”

Mobility reimbursement programs

Acura Mobility Program
(800) 382-2238

Chrysler Automobility
(800) 255-9877

Ford Mobility Motoring
(800) 952-2248

General Motors Mobility
(800) 323-9935

Honda Mobility Assistance Program
(800) 999-1009

Lexus Mobility
(800) 255-3987

Toyota Mobility
(800) 331-4331

(800) 374-8389

Volvo Mobility
(800) 803-5222

Funding help

Bank of America Access Loans
(800) 900-9000
Click on “Access Loans” or call to locate a local banking center

Burhill Financial Services
(866) 521-0083

Digital Credit Union
(800) 328-8797

RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America)
Alternative Financing Technical Assistance Project
(703) 524-6686

State Departments of Vocational Rehabilitation
(Also check your telephone directory under “state listings.”)

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