Disability Not the End of Mobility

A disability does not necessarily mean that you must give up mobility. There are resources available to help people with disabilities find transportation solutions, adapt vehicles for their use, and benefit from rehabilitation efforts focused on driving skills.

For example, people who have recovered from a stroke or spinal injury, lost a limb, or have arthritis, multiple sclerosis, or cerebral palsy may continue to drive with the appropriate adaptations, assistive devices, and training.

Nationally, there are three organizations that offer a wealth of information:

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is the U.S. government resource responsible for all disability rights. This organization provides information on public transportation facilities and mediation programs. Contact ADA at www.ada.gov or 800-514-0301.

The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) provides a list of equipment dealers in the United States and Canada, and contact information for disabled driver agencies. Contact NMEDA at www.nmeda.org or 800-833-0427.

The Association for Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED) is a nonprofit, professional organization for people that provide driver education and transportation equipment modifications for people with disabilities. Contact ADED at www.driver-ed.org 800-290-2344.