InfoQuest Summer 2009

Article Highlights:
  • Accessible public transportation
  • Accessible vehicles
  • Travel scooters
  • Renter resources
  • Lifts and ramps
by Quest Staff on July 1, 2009 - 2:45pm

QUEST Vol. 16, No. 3

Find resources on accessible public transportation, including travel scooters and vehicles, as well as information on portable ramps and lifts.

For more on accessible public transportation, see “Rolling Through Phoenix and Boston.”

ADA Accessibility Guidelines for Transportation Vehicles

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund
(510) 644-2555
DREDF advocates for strong, comprehensive ADA transportation requirements and services, and provides in-depth training on ADA transportation.

DOT Guidance Clarifies Paratransit Regulations
(888) 446-4511

Federal Transit Administration Office of Civil Rights
(888) 446-4511
The Web site has complaint forms and technical information on the transportation provisions in the ADA.

2008 Public Transportation Factbook, American Public Transportation Association>


See “Accessible Vehicles Q&A.”

To receive printed copies of the articles below, go to local MDA office at (800) 572-1717, and ask that they be mailed to you.

“Hand Controls Keep You on the Go,” July-August 2008

“InfoQuest: Hand Controls, Turning Seats & Funding Resources,” July-August 2008

“Turning Seats Can Enhance Mobility,” July-August 2008

“Playing the Money Game: Funding Challenges and Options,” May-June 2008

“Assistive Technology Funding Challenge,” January-February 2007

“Show Me the Money: Financing Options Can Make Van Buyers Good to Go,” July-August 2006

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.

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

Disabled Dealer Magazine
Organized into eight regional publications, the online advertisements feature new and used mobility products, including used accessible vehicles. Visit the site for local contact information.

National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA)
Quality Assurance Program
(800) 833-0427
Search the directory for NMEDA manufacturers and dealers in your area, and check out the section with details about mobility reimbursement/rebate programs.

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”

VCI Mobility
(888) 463-5715
"2010 Buyer's Guide: Handicap Accessible Wheelchair Vans"

For more on travel scooters, "Travel Scooters Offer an Easy Way to Go."

Amigo Mobility International
(800) 248-9131

Golden Technologies
(800) 624-6374

Mobility Scooter Reviews
(604) 983-2828
The site includes a comprehensive comparison table of scooter specifications from various manufacturers.

Pride Mobility Products
(800) 800-8586

The Rascal Co.
(800) 662-4548

Shoprider Mobility Products
(310) 328-8866

(800) 342-2214

Zip’r Mobility Solutions
(800) 760-9107


See “Renters with Disabilities Hit Hard.”

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (“Freddie Mac”)
(800) 373-3343

Federal National Mortgage Association (“Fannie Mae”)
(800) 732-6643
News about their current policies dealing with evictions of renters related to foreclosures.

National Housing Institute
(973) 763-0333
Referrals to local tenant organizations.

Rental Protection Agency
(801) 484-7368
Advises both landlords and tenants on consumer issues.

State bar associations
Listed in telephone directories; may be able to provide referrals to local attorneys specializing in foreclosure and landlord-tenant issues.

U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)
(202) 708-1112
Resources include lists of no-cost foreclosure-issue counselors and public housing agencies by state.


See “As the Wheel Turns: Portable Solutions.”

4 Medical Supplies
(800) 736-0151
Company also provides ramps, mobility scooters, wheelchairs and additional accessories and medical equipment.

Adaptive Engineering
(800) 448-4652

(800) 459-0400

Garaventa Lift
(800) 663-6556

ThyssenKrupp Access
(800) 829-9760

AlumiRamp Inc.
(800) 800-3864

(877) 231-3487

(800) 876-7267
Ramps and lifts

(800) 561-3576
(866) 614-1754

Prairie View Industries
(800) 554-7267

Ramp Solutions
(800) 630-4713

(866) 883-4722

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