Ability Center Blog

Our blog can be quirky, fun and educational but the ultimate goal is to bring mobility industry news to you. New product launches, differences between products, Ability Center news, and much more!
The VMI Chrysler Pacifica Access360 Wheelchair Van For over 30 years, Vantage Mobility International (VMI) has been manufacturing wheelchair conversions on vehicles.  The latest edition to the VMI family is the Chrysler Pacifica minivan.  Their quality, state-of-the-art lineup of mobility products provides ease of use, maneuverability and flexibility. All of their wheelchair vans have been 100%...
Driver Evaluation - Getting Behind The Wheel Again At Ability Center, we install hundreds of hand controls and driving aids annually.  We put these driving aids on Vipers, Corvettes, Golf Carts, ATV's and wheelchair accessible vehicles...whatever you want to drive, we can try to adapt it for you. Before we can adapt vehicles with any...
Fold-Out Ramp vs In-Floor Ramps.What's the Difference? When shopping for a side-entry wheelchair accessible minivan, a major decision is which type of ramp is best for you; fold-out or in-floor.  To help you with your decision, we've listed some key differences in the ramp styles for wheelchair vans below but before we begin, here is...
Holiday Gift Guide Getting gifts for those with mobility challenges can be, well, a challenge.  People who have limited hand functionality, or use a wheelchair make traditional gifts completely impractical.  Here are some suggestions for gifts that will not only delight but may even make someone's day a little easier. Adaptive Clothing - Tommy Hilfiger...
Movies, Television Shows, and Documentaries Starring People with Disabilities We've been pleasantly surprised lately to see so many documentaries about people with disabilities get mainstream publicity.   Think of where we've come just in the past decade with awareness and education through the explosion of social media.  These films and television shows will help all...
How Weather is Dangerous for People with Disabilities Courtesy of Summit Disability Law Group Along with snowmen and icicles, winter increases the risk of frostbite, increased joint stiffness and pain, and hypothermia.  However, even with winter over, there are still some weather risks we should all be aware of. The warmer weather can present different but equally dangerous...
The First Wheelchair Accessible SUV - The MXV! You have asked for it and BraunAbility has delivered, the first wheelchair-accessible SUV.  The MXV began shipping in December of 2014 and we couldn't be more excited to be able to offer our customers an alternative to the traditional wheelchair-accessible minivans. The Explorer-based BraunAbility MXV has a...
New Year's Resolutions That Are Actually Fun! If you are like us, each year we try to set goals to better ourselves, get in better shape, drink less, blah, blah, blah!  What if we tried some things that would be fun and unique and would indirectly enhance our lives?!?  Are you game? 1. Take more...
Unique and Special Gift Ideas As the holiday season revs into high gear, sometimes we struggle with gift ideas.  We found some unique gifts that might be of interest: 1. Artwork from United Cerebral Palsy of Fresno.  UCP of Central California’s Center for the Arts & Technology serves adults with a broad range of disabilities...