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.
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
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
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
The Mobility Resource www.themobilityresource.com/adaptive-driving-equipment
Veigel North America www.veigel-na.com
*Washington Access Fund http://tinyurl.com/h9k89aq