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Driving Is Still Possible For Most Amputees

Driving Is Still Possible For Most Amputees

Regardless of their amputation level, most amputees can still drive a car or ride a motorcycle if they choose to. Jessica Cox and John Foppe, for example, were born without arms, yet they developed a flexibility in their legs that enables them to drive with their feet instead of hands. For other amputees, even those who are missing parts of all four limbs, appropriate prostheses or adaptive devices such as hand controls, left-foot gas pedals, or special vehicles can make driving possible.

 

For information on funding sources for some of these solutions, see the website listings marked with *.

 

Note: To ensure that you meet all of the requirements for driving with an amputation, check with your department of motor vehicles.

 

Following is a sampling of the numerous companies, products, and services that can help you operate a car or motorcycle.

 

Abilities.com

www.abilities.com

 

AbleData

http://abledata.com

 

Access Mobility Systems

www.accessams.com/Driving_Aids/Hand_Controls/hand_controls.html

 

*Adapting Motor Vehicles for People With Disabilities

www.nhtsa.gov/cars/rules/adaptive/brochure/brochure.html

 

Adaptive Driving Access

www.adaptivedriving.com

 

*Adaptive Driving Alliance

www.adamobility.com

 

Adaptive Driving Program

www.adaptivedrivingprogram.com

 

*Amputee Driving Aids Automotive Innovations

http://tinyurl.com/hdm3n7e

 

BraunAbility

www.braunability.com

 

Creative Controls

www.creativecontrolsinc.com

 

Disabled Driving Resources (Search to Find Local Providers)

www.nhtsa.gov/apps/modifier/search.htm

 

*Driving to Independence

www.drivingtoindependence.com/driver-assessment.html

 

Kempf

www.kempf-usa.com

 

*MobilityWorks

www.mobilityworks.com

 

Performance Mobility

www.performancemobility.com/hand-controls

 

Portable Left Foot Accelerator

www.plfa.org

 

Scott’s Adaptive Driving Devices

www.auto-handcontrols.com/driving_accessories.htm

 

SureGrip

http://suregrip-hvl.com

 

The Mobility Resource

www.themobilityresource.com/adaptive-driving-equipment

 

Veigel North America

www.veigel-na.com

 

*Washington Access Fund

http://tinyurl.com/h9k89aq

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