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Vehicle Tie Down Systems

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Q’Straint Strap System

A new page has been added to the vehicle equipment section that provides some general information about both strap type and docking device type tie down systems.

Tie downs are necessary to protect wheelchair users and passengers in van while driving.

For more information about vehicle ties downs visit: Vehicle Tie Down Systems

Driving Controls Information

I’ve just finished a page on the variety of types of driving controls available for those who have physical limitations that make driving difficult, or impossible, in conventionally equipped vehicles.

Products covered include:

901 Hand Controls

Hand Controls

  • Hand controls – Allow people without the use of their legs to drive
  • Spinner knobs – Used in conjunction with hand controls for one handed steering
  • Left foot gas pedals – Allows people who do not have the use of their right feet to drive
  • Pedal extenders – Allow anyone who has difficulty reaching the gas & brake pedals to drive
  • Pedal guards – prevent accidental contact with the pedals by drivers using hand controls
  • Turn signal extensions – Allow people who can’t reach the signal switch options for positioning
  • Parking brake extensions – Make reaching and using parking brakes easier
  • Gear shift extenders – Make reaching and using gear shifts easier

More information on driving controls

Turning Seats

Vehicle Turning Seats

Vehicle Turning Seats


After a bit of a hiatus from adding new content to the Mobility Basics website I’ve added a new section about turning seats for vehicles

Turning seats aid a user accessing a vehicle by turning out of the vehicle and in some cases lowering down to make accessing higher vehicles easier.

The turning seat section of the mobility Basics website is part of a larger project I’m working on that will, in the end, provide a lot of information about vehicle products and adaptations.

SENSIMAT Pressure Management System

I’ve added an article on the Canadian made SENSIMAT Pressure Management System for wheelchair users. This system does not directly manage pressures experienced by users but provides data that will enable the user to modify their habits and actions to minimize the risk of developing pressure sores.

This product has the potential to help wheelchair users to minimize and possibly prevent pressure sores developed by long periods of sitting in their wheelchairs.

The SENSIMAT can alert users when they should be shifting their weight, track and record pressures throughout the day and even allow medical professionals to access the data remotely to see how their patients are doing.

For more information about the SENSIMAT Pressure Management System see the article at: mobilitybasics.ca/sensimat-pressure-sensing-system

Evacuscape Rescue Chair

Evacuscape Rescue Chair ImageI’ve added the Evacuscape Evacuation Chair to the New and Unique Products section of the MobilityBasics.ca website.

The Evacuscape rescue chair is a lightweight wheeled chair that caregivers and emergency workers can use to transport mobility impaired people down staircases in the case of an emergency where the elevators can not be used.

The use of an evacuation chair reduces the chances of injury for both the user and those assisting in their evacuation.

New Products Added

I’ve just added two new products from ConvertaStep to the New and Unique Products section of the website.
Welcome Mat Ramp
The first product is a Welcome Mat Ramp the lifts to create a threshold ramp when needed by wheelchair and scooter users. Its available in three sizes for thresholds up to 8″ high and can be purchased as a motorised version for those who aren’t able to lift the ramp.
ConvertaStep Lift
The second product is the ConvertaStep Lift that is a simple little lift to allow people to access porches and decks up to 33″ high without the need of a huge ramp or expensive porch lift.

Paul Smith, Typewriter Artist

Paul Smith (1922 – 2007) was a sufferer of cerebral palsy who figured out that he could create amazing works of art using only ten of the symbol keys found on a standard typewriter.

Smith lived in the Rose Haven Nursing Center in Oregon from 1967 until 2007
where his work remains posted in the hallways of his old home with the people he considered his family for the latter half of his life.

Last year, 22-time Emmy award-winning reporter John Stofflet posted this news video he created for KING-TV in 2004, featuring Smith and his artistic talents. I just came across this video today and was blown away by the work Paul created throughout his life.

Scooters, Wheelchairs and Roads

I live in a small village in South Central Ontario and things are pretty lax around here. Many people walk on the road instead of the sidewalks (not sure why).

In our village we have a group of about half a dozen scooter users and a couple of wheelchair users who think they are driving cars. In spite of sidewalks that are cut down to allow access for mobility product users these people always drive on the roads and to make matters worse they tend to drive on the right side with the traffic approaching them from the rear.

While things are pretty lax around here and vehicle drivers, for the most part, are pretty careful and drive at reasonable speeds, the Trans Canada Highway goes through the middle of town and is the most dangerous roadway in the area due to large trucks and trailers and people just trying to get through the village quickly and get back to highway speeds. And still these people drive on the road with their backs to traffic.  Continue reading

Disabled people and Food Banks

There is an interesting article today in the Toronto Star about the number of disabled people using food banks are up this year. Apparently, in the past 19 years the benefit amount for people on Ontario DIsability Support Program (ODSP) has increased $156.00 (about 17%) per month to $1086.00 with another $15.00 coming this October.

I don’t know about you but my cost of living has gone up much more than 17% since 1995. As near as I can figure from cost of living figures I can find it has gone up about 40% in that time period. Even a 40% increase would only amount to about $1,300 per month which isn’t much after paying rent, heat hydro and food.

The government treats people with disabilities the same way they treat other people receiving welfare benefits. They pay normal welfare recipients a subsistence amount to entice them to return to the workforce.

The government’s, both federal (CPP DIsability) and provincial (ODSP), seem to think that if they pay disabled people a low enough benefit they will somehow miraculously become well and be able to work at jobs that they can live on.

I guess the theory is that low benefits will weed out those who would collect disability benefits but are able to work but the problem is, those who truly can’t work starve and live in hovels.

The governments could police the programs better to make sure those collecting are deserving and pay them a benefit they could live on but that would require bigger budgets.

These days “taxpayers” would rather see disabled people hungry than pay a few more bucks a year in taxes because, in their eyes, there is nothing worse than paying taxes to support services that they don’t need personally.