From a mobility transportation solutions perspective, there were more options at the show than ever before. From the new and exciting GoShichi truck to the Mobility Conquest motorcycle, customers had the opportunity to see products that typically are not stocked at the local Mobility Equipment Dealer. There was of course a large display of wheelchair minivans, from side-entry lowered floor vans to rear-entry wheelchair vans. Ford Mobility, Toyota Mobility and Chrysler Mobility also had booths showcasing their products and services that they offer to the disabled community.
Hopefully you had the opportunity to go see the Expo in LA and experience all it has to offer. If you were not able to go, remember that your local Mobility Equipment Dealer can help you with any questions you have and they are always there to help. I was talking with a wonderful couple at the show and they had a child who was in a wheelchair, and was unable to attend. The parents were looking around at all the different options in terms of wheelchair minivans and quickly got overwhelmed. The good thing is that the show offered the opportunity for Sue and Charles to see all the options out there. The difficulty came as they were gathering information, especially when it came to the differences between side-entry lowered floor minivan vs. a rear-entry minivan. They understood the pros and cons to both but couldn’t make a decision as to what direction to take.
My recommendation to them was to take the information home, discuss it and then make an appointment with a Mobility Equipment Dealer where they could discuss things in a more quiet and intimate setting. I also suggested that they bring their son, so they could get him in each of the options available and see what worked best for them and him. Another important thing that people should do is to take the vans on a test drive; take them to a parking lot and see how getting in and out of each van (especially side-entry vs. rear-entry) works with their son. Take it home and see how the ramps maneuver around your house, garage, church, school, etc.
Remember that a mobility transportation solution is not a one size fits all. Do your research. Do your due diligence and find the best solution for you and your family.