Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Ford Mobility Motoring: It Takes a Team

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Ford Mobility Motoring: It Takes a Team

Article excerpt

The Ford Motor Company Mobility Motoring Program wasn't the first. It may not have always been the biggest. But Mobility Motoring has made a positive difference for thousands of individuals and families with children who have physical disabilities with a team approach that provides a lot more than just cash!

Developed in 1992 with the cooperation of the Louisiana Tech Center for Rehabilitation Science and Biomedical Engineering, Ford Mobility Motoring promotes a team effort that includes the person with the disability, his or her family, the Ford or Lincoln-Mercury dealer, an assessment center and the adaptive-equipment installer. The objective of this team approach is to deliver a vehicle that's the right size, properly equipped and eligible for Ford Mobility Motoring assistance of up to $1,000. The key to keeping this process rolling along smoothly is the team at the Mobility Motoring Helpline at 1-800-952-2248 (TTY 1-800-833-0312).

A Call to the Helpline

Triggers an Avalanche of

Useful Materials

Whether a vehicle conversion is intended for a driver with a disability or to transport a child or young adult with a disability, a caller to the Mobility Motoring Helpline receives a list of nearby assessment centers, a listing of local adaptive equipment installers and a videotape that introduces the viewer to real people whose adapted vehicle enhanced their lives with a feeling of freedom and independence. The Helpline package also includes a personalized processing-assistance claim form for the cost of adapting a vehicle up to a maximum of $1,000.

A Straight-Forward Process

The process is a caring one. * First, visit your dealer. Get an idea of the Ford, Lincoln or Mercury vehicle you would like to have before you visit an assessment center or installer. * Let an assessment center help. Driver assessment centers provide help in the selection of adaptive equipment that is right for the driver or passenger with a disability. The centers can then write a "prescription" for the required adaptive equipment. This prescription can also help assure that the equipment installed is eligible for Ford assistance. Many assessment centers offer adaptive-equipment training. All provide useful information about ways to meet exceptional-transportation needs. …

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