Transporting Children with Disabilities

Automotive conversions are often completed to meet your exact accessibility needs; there are additional factors to weigh out if you plan on using the handicap van or car to transport children with disabilities. Here are a few things to keep in mind to keep your child safe while traveling:

  • Children under the age of 12 should always ride in the backseats of a vehicle.
  • Ensure ancillary pieces of medical equipment are secured on the vehicle floor or underneath the seat/wheelchair, as these may become dangerous projectiles in the event of an accident or rough terrain.
  • If your child requires any electric equipment for travel, make sure you have a source of power to last twice as long as you need for the duration of the trip, in case of changing circumstances.
  • Bring extra supplies like medicines, prescriptions and sustenance along for the trip to account for any changes in schedule or lost items.
  • Allow your child to sit with or close to family members or caregivers by transferring them from their wheelchair to a seat in the car (if possible) or positioning their wheelchair close to others. This not only adds protection and lets you keep an eye on them, but also adds a feeling of comfort, security and warmth for your child.
  • Tinted windows will prevent your child from getting too hot from streaming sunlight.
These are just a few of our suggestions for staying safe on the road while traveling with your children.

Originally Posted on July 16th, 2018 in Living With a Disability

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