Special Needs Dad 365

Wheelchair Vans
I used to think minivans were not cool. Like any non-parent, I considered them symbols of a loss of freedom. Basically, the act of trading in a way of life after the kids arrive. Fastforward 14 years and we not only have a van but a wheelchair van.

It took us a while to come to grips with the fact that we needed a wheelchair van. We first tried a van without a ramp. We lifted Livy in and out of her car seat and put her into a stroller. It didn't take us long to finally accept that we had to go a step farther. It was one of the best decisions we have made and honestly, I think it’s one of the coolest cars out there, but not for the reason you would expect.

Wheelchair vans by themselves may not look that hip. But it’s what they represent that makes them cool. Our van is our link to the outside world. Without it, we would not be able to get Livy from point A to point B. It is our form of freedom. The kind I used to think would be lost in such a vehicle. Livy and I were cruising the strip in it this weekend:)

There’s an old saying that goes, “It’s not what’s on the outside that counts but what’s on the inside.” In this case, the passenger who is riding in the back and the reason for the van is what makes it special. It also represents a family’s struggle and what has led them to needing a wheelchair van. The next time you see one parked in a handicap space, know that there is an important story associated with it. If you are fortunate to meet the person or family who owns it, say hello and wish them well. You will likely be happy you did.