When you rely on technology as much as I do, it’s important to have alternative plans when something goes wrong. Between the high-tech features on my wheelchair and in my van, I always have a back-up plan.
I had to take my van to Handicapped Driver Services & Mobility for maintenance in Marietta, Georgia a few days before Thanksgiving. Since the joystick system is the highest level of adapted driver’s equipment, there are only a few places around the country that are able to service the equipment. Unfortunately, the repairs will take a few weeks.
Fortunately, my back-up plan is using my mom’s ramp van. I’m back to the days where I’m the co-pilot and sitting on the passenger side of the vehicle. Even though it takes some adjustments to our schedules, I’m glad we have a back-up vehicle.
I recommend that those of us with wheelchairs and other assistive technology have an alternate plan in place in case their current piece of technology breaks down.