Modified minivan

– allows user to drive while sitting in a manual wheelchair

User on ramp on the way into the car
User on ramp on the way into the car

Description
The minivan is equipped with a ramp with a lift function on the side (photo 1). The wheelchair has an attachment bracket on the chassis and the car has an automatic fastener on the floor that the wheelchair mounting hooks into, see related tip. The seat belt is always buckled and suspended so that the user only needs to roll forward (photo 2), see related tip. An extra backrest and headrest sit behind the driver’s seat and automatically move in behind the user at the touch of a button. The gear lever is bent and extended so the user can easily grasp it (photo 4). The other control buttons are also modified. For example, the buttons to raise and lower the windows are extended with a small lever (photo 5: small levers in front of the user’s left hand). Another example is the attachment button for the wheelchair and the button for the extra backrest and headrest that are located in the left side panel (photo 5).

The user controls the car with a special handle on the steering wheel (photos 3 and 4) and a specially designed hand control (photo 5), see also related tip.

The car key is also modified to provide a better grip for the user, see related tip.

Made by
Hedemora Anpassning (modifications) which today is part of Permobil, www.permobil.se (in Sweden), last checked April 2017.

Paid for by
Swedish Social Insurance Agency

This tip is from 2011

User drives in to the driver’s seat, safety belt is already in place
User drives in to the driver’s seat, safety belt is already in place
User sits in place with extra backrest and headrest behind her
User sits in place with extra backrest and headrest behind her
User holds the gear lever
User holds the gear lever
User with left hand on joystick that acts as "brake and accelerator"
User with left hand on joystick that acts as "brake and accelerator"

Related tips

Attaching wheelchair and seat belt in modified car
Attaching wheelchair and seat belt in modified car
Modifications that make it safe for a person with disabilities to drive while seated in a manual wheelchair.
Modified car key
Modified car key
- suitable for people with impaired hand function.
Control of car
Control of car
Modification for accelerator and brake as well as for control of the steering wheel - make it possible for a person with a high spinal cord injury to drive.

Tipsare: Yasmin

Yasmin lives in an apartment. She is working part time. She was injured in 1999 and has a C-5 tetraplgia. Through hand surgery her grip function improved. She has personal assistance 24 hours a day, 7 hours of those are assistance on call.