The ACCES-VR program offers a variety of Vehicle Modification Services for individuals with disabilities. The program is administered by a certified vendor who will pick up and deliver your vehicle to their location. The vendor may perform warranty work, placing as many as 350 miles on your car during the process. The process may take as long as four weeks. The ACCES-VR counselor will oversee all aspects of the program and ensure compliance with ACCES-VR policy.
In order to be eligible for this program, drivers must have a current driver’s license and access to a vehicle. The modification must be necessary to enable the individual to operate the vehicle safely. Non-driving individuals may qualify if the change is essential for safe travel. Vehicle Modification Services can help you obtain the financial assistance you need to purchase your modified vehicle. If you’re looking for financial assistance, you’ll need to contact the provider to learn about the various funding options.
If you’re receiving vehicle modification services, be sure to have the necessary insurance coverage. The program will not cover modifications that are not necessary for driving or are ineffective for safety. If you’re unsure of whether your modification will be covered, contact the PSART state office. Once your vehicle has been approved, you’ll be notified by the vendor. The ATS team will arrange delivery, insurance, and post-modification training.
Depending on the type of modification, you may be required to pay for it out of your own pocket. For example, you may need to install a raised roof to accommodate the equipment. In addition, if you’re adding adaptive equipment to your van, you’ll also have to pay $500 a year for maintenance. Depending on the extent of your vehicle modification, you may need to find another vehicle to modify. The best option is to hire a specialized company that specializes in this type of modification.
ACCES-VR counselors will also meet with individuals in person to discuss their transportation needs and the availability of vehicles. The counselor will review the Vehicle Modification Fact Sheet and Vehicle Availability Agreement with the individual. Once the agreement is signed, the VR counselor will then justify the need for vehicle modification services. The VR counselor will then document this in the case note of the service. Afterward, the counselor will follow up with the individual to ensure that necessary approvals are obtained and authorization is generated for the service.
When a customer needs to modify their vehicle, the vendor will take measurements to make the vehicle easier for them to use. The vendor will then make modifications that enable the person to get in and out of their vehicle. Adaptive equipment may include hand controls, spinner knobs, wheelchair locks, and parking brake extensions. The vendor can even offer maintenance contracts for these modifications. Adaptive equipment may also require structural changes like replacing the roof.