We recently supplied the Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) with the first drive from wheelchair vehicle in the country to be used for tuition.
Unlike a regular drive from wheelchair vehicle that is designed to suit the individual the vehicle had to be set up to be as versatile as possible.
We had to consider the fact the vehicle would be used by different people, in different wheelchairs with varying degrees of mobility and ability. The secondary and primary controls are all catered for and can be used in different ways. Certain aspects of the car can be configured by the driving instructor to suit the individual taking lessons.
The Irish Wheelchair association see this addition to their fleet of tuition vehicles as a major step forward in offering lessons to people in a wheelchair.
At a recent launch at the IWA centre in Athlone many of the people who will take lessons got their first chance to view the car and feedback was good.
Rosemary Keogh, chief executive officer of the IWA and TD Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran officially launched the vehicle at the event.
The vehicle will open up opportunities for people to receive driving tuition from their wheelchair for the first time.
The Independent covered the story, full article can be read here