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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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