If you have ever needed to use a wheelchair, or if you use one regularlyy now, you know how challenging travel can be.
Perhaps you just want to make an appointment across town or attend a local event. Maybe you need transportation out of town for a medical-related trip.
If you don’t have a wheelchair-accessible van, NDAD may be able to help you in those instances.
The North Dakota charitable nonprofit makes available four vans, each with a ramp, to individuals who are wheelchair users.
Currently, two of the vans are based in Grand Forks, one is in Minot and the remaining one is in Fargo. None is equipped with hand controls.
Each van may be used for local appointments and events, or out-of-town medical appointments. Out-of-state trips must be for medical purposes only and be approved in advance by NDAD.
Here’s another plus: The vans are available for no charge. The user must return the van with a full tank of gas.
Equipment loan program
The borrowers range from people who have been injured or are recovering from illnesses to people with congenital or other long-term health challenges.
This program also is free of charge.
Some people need the equipment for only a short period of time, making a purchase unfeasible. Others borrow equipment for days, weeks or a few months until they purchase like or similar equipment themselves, either on their own, through insurance providers, or with help from NDAD’s low-interest financial loan program for assistive devices. (The latter – provided in association with Alerus Financial – provides loans between $500 and $50,000 to qualified people with disabilities and other health challenges. That also could help you own an accessible van.)
NDAD’s free equipment for loan includes, but are not limited to:
• Manual and power wheelchairs and accessories
• Bed rails
• Transfer benches
• Portable ramps
• Canes of various types
• Bathtub and shower safety railings
• Gait belts
• Grab bars
• Toilet seat risers, rails and safety frames
• Shower chairs
• Walkers, knee walkers, walker trays and wheeled walkers with seats
• IV poles
NDAD’s equipment loan program was used by more than 900 people in 2012.
Visit an NDAD office in Grand Forks, Fargo, Minot, or Williston for more information about its equipment loan program or its financial loan program, or contact NDAD by phone at 1 (800) 532-NDAD (6323).