Though Van Products was created to make transportation easier for those in wheelchairs, our services are not limited to handicap accessible vans and wheelchair accessible vehicles. We offer many other options as well as options within the wheelchair van group of products. Many people find themselves in need of wheelchair accessibility but already have a vehicle, often a van or truck that they desire to keep. Since purchasing a vehicle is expensive and selling one is difficult, we offer conversion features and solutions so that you can convert your van into a wheelchair van or convert your truck into a wheelchair accessible vehicle. Our vans and conversion features are unique and effective, including a non-slip ramp and an automatic kneeling system built into the van. This means that if you have a Van Products wheelchair accessible van, it will be significantly easier to enter and exit than many other options, such as keeping your van in its original state. The other feature we are most proud of is the floor level. Many times, wheelchair vans are disproportionate, leaving the driver too low to the ground or the wheelchair passenger in the back seat too high to see out the front window. Instead, we level out the ground and lift the front seats so that the wheelchair passenger can see out the front window and the driver remains at a comfortable height. In addition to the wheelchair conversion offerings, Van Products has features to make your home wheelchair accessible. Get in touch to learn more about how Van Products can keep your life moving.
Wheelchair Accessible Vans, Handicap Accessible Vans, Mobility Impairment
Whether moving around one’s home or traveling the world, mobility should be a part of each person’s life no matter their circumstances. At Van Products, our motto is “Life is a moving experience,” and our goal is to help those who are physically handicapped or in a wheelchair go anywhere, anytime. Our company was started by a family, so our goal is to treat each customer like family as well, helping solve their mobility problems by guiding them through their wheelchair accessible van options. We want to help each person find the handicap accessible van that fits their needs the best. Whether you are looking for a used wheelchair van made by Toyota or a new handicap van made by Honda, Van Products will help you find a solution. We also have the option to rent a wheelchair accessible van for any length of time. If you are recovering from an injury that has limited your mobility and need a wheelchair accessible vehicle, we can get you to and from your rehabilitation visits as long as you need us to. We know there are many people who need a wheelchair van in North Carolina, so we have offices in Raleigh and Wilmington. We also know it is a big decision to buy a wheelchair accessible van, so that is why we offer rental van options as well as used vans. Someone from our Van Products team will be happy to show you an in-home demo as well as bring your van to you. We value our family of customers, so we want to treat them like it. For wheelchair accessible vans in North Carolina and other handicap accessible features in Raleigh or Wilmington, drop Van Products a note!
Here are a few interesting stories and articles we have enjoyed recently. Do you have any favorite handicap related organizations or publications? We love adding to our news sites!
Circular Gardens Allow Wheelchair to Maneuver - These are such a cool and creative idea! Gardens can be some of the most relaxing places to spend an afternoon, especially as the weather is cooling off. Having a circular garden enables those in wheelchairs to maneuver with little difficulty and enjoy the beauty and the weather the way everyone should.
What it means to be an Athlete - We love the way the IPC (International Paralymic Committee) describes the Paralymic games: "Athletes are what makes each competition thrilling, inspiring, and unique." We agree! Share your success stories with us, we'd love to hear what makes you unique!
Therapeutic Potential for Some Stem Cells - Research has been done recently that helps scientists understand better what stem cells can be used for regenerating spinal cords. Pretty amazing steps forward in science if you ask us!
Share Your Story September! - This month, we're collecting stories that inspire, make us laugh, encourage or show true determination. We know that in our families and lives, we have many people like that. If you've overcome a challenge, achieved a goal or seen someone do something amazing, let us know!
As always, Van Products is here to make life a little easier by providing wheelchair accessible vans, and to get involved with the wheelchair community in North Carolina and around the world. Get in touch to let us know how we can help you!
In North Carolina there are many groups, organizations, foundations and events that exist to support the wheelchair community, and at Van Products, we are both excited and humbled to be a part of that community. People throughout North Carolina need wheelchair accessible vans, whether they have been immobilized in a wheelchair since birth, lost their mobility in an accident, or are only temporarily handicapped during physical rehabilitation. Because we value the opportunity to offer these people and groups the chance to keep their lives moving, we also want to keep up with the causes and organizations they value by being involved. Van Products supports groups that work to promote awareness and raise funding for diseases like cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and multiple sclerosis. We also coordinate with local athletic teams like the Durham Bulls and the Carolina Hurricanes to provide tickets and handicap parking passes to people who need wheelchair accessibility. We value our relationships with the disabled veterans in North Carolina as well as the North Carolina Handicapped Sportsman group and the Ms Wheelchair USA competition, which was won most recently by Ms Wheelchair North Carolina! The families and friends who come alongside those valued members of our wheelchair community are also champions in our eyes; loving, supporting and encouraging those who are physically handicapped and helping to keep them moving. The Americans with Disabilities Act was passed 20 years ago, and we are thrilled to see the changes that have occurred in that time, both in understanding and awareness of the challenges of being in a wheelchair, but also in the changes that have occurred to make the world more wheelchair accessible. Our part is to provide wheelchair accessible vans and keep the world handicap accessible through transportation, as well as to support other groups within this community. Want to learn about your handicap van options or share your story about an organization or person that has touched your life? Drop us a note!
We’ve told you a bit about what we do and what we’re passionate about, but we thought we’d let you know who Van Products really is and where we came from. We want to get to know you better, so hopefully this will let you get to know us a little better!
Here are the facts:
We provide mobility solutions for people who have disabilities, mainly in the form of wheelchair vans. We see our main goal as giving people the opportunity to keep life the moving experience it was meant to be!
We love getting involved with our community- so, whether it is saying hello at an event or by sharing your story on our blog, we want to hear from you.
Here is the history:
Raleigh native William Wendt, Sr. founded Van Products’ parent company over 50 years ago, and since 1974 we’ve been functioning to meet the needs of physically handicapped people. We know it can be frustrating to feel limited or immobile, so over the past 30 years we’ve been committed to offering specially designed modes of transportation that can accommodate wheelchairs.
Since day one, Van Products has been driven to innovate and build relationships so that needs are being met and people don’t have to worry about getting service for their wheelchair accessible vans, no matter where they are or what the circumstances are! Even it it means doing a demo at your home or if you are just interested in testing a wheelchair van through our rental service, we’ll talk you through the options.
As technology develops and wheelchair vans gain the sleekness of design and functionality, Van Products looks forward to serving the wheelchair community and making sure that no matter your circumstances, whether in physical therapy to recover from injury or if you've been in a wheelchair from birth, you will feel taken care of!
Let us know how we can come alongside you, we can’t wait to hear from you!
It is a challenge to do justice to this family’s story with words, but the Father-Son duo called Team Hoyt is too inspirational to be left out. Just before he was born, a complication leading to extended oxygen deprivation caused Rick Hoyt to become a quadriplegic with cerebral palsy. This debilitating and heartbreaking diagnosis, however, was met with love, determination and encouragement by Rick’s parents, Dick and Judy Hoyt.
Though he is unable to speak and will always be in a wheelchair, with his family’s support Rick was able to be integrated into school with the use of an interactive computer Rick used to spell. He graduated from Boston University with a degree in Special Education in 1993, and has continued on to achieve previously unimaginable goals.
An avid sports fan, in 1977 Rick told his dad he wanted to take part in a 5 mile run to benefit a school athlete who had been paralyzed in an accident. Up to the challenge, Dick Hoyt pushed Rick in his wheelchair all the way across the finish line, and began their incredible journey through athletic events around the country. “Dad, when I’m running, I feel like I’m not handicapped,” were the words that sparked an adventure leading this father and son team to participate in Boston marathons, Ironman triathlons and a 45 day biking and running trip across the United States.
Take a minute to watch this powerful and moving video that shows clips of some of the races they have participated in. Each is an incredible testament shown as the father carries, bikes or pushes his physically handicapped son so that he has the opportunity to feel like he is not handicapped. Be encouraged that while the challenge may be great, the encouragement of a supportive family or community can overcome!
At Van Products, we are here to offer that support and encouragement, and though circumstances may not seem ideal, we’re here to walk you through the process of making your life, whether wheelchair bound or as a caretaker, a bit easier. Life is a movie experience; let us help you make sure yours is! We hope to hear from you soon.
It serves to empower these women and provide inspiration to the physically handicapped community, while educating people about what it means to keep going when some would have not.
Ms. Wheelchair America Erika Bogan
This past year, Van Products has enjoyed the amazing opportunity to support one of the prominent Ms. Wheelchair USA title holders, Erika Bogan, who is from nearby Huntersville, North Carolina! She has been an inspiration to women, the wheelchair community, and all of us at Van Products as well.
As advocates for bringing mobility to people with mobility impairment in every way, from providing wheelchair vans to giving out handicapped tickets to sporting events, working with Erika and the Ms. Wheelchair USA competition was a powerful experience.
An Inspirational Competition
Ms. Wheelchair USA has established itself as an inspirational competition, and has been a major success in the wheelchair community. Erika, like so many others in the competition, display determination, positivity and courage, despite past events or circumstances that changed the course of their lives.
We’re proud of Erika and the supportive community she is a part of that encouraged her to bounce back from injury and play a vital role in society by encouraging others and motivating them to be the best version of themselves they can be!
Interested in learning more about Erika’s competition, involvement in the handicapped community or solutions that can make mobility easier for those with mobility impairment? Let us know, we’d love to talk to you!
Each day at Van Products we come into work and have the privilege of guiding people through the process of bringing mobility into their lives. We hear stories of heartbreak and stories of unbelievable courage.
We learn about Veterans’ experiences and bravery, athletes who have relearned a beloved sport, and people living a life that presents challenges with positivity and determination. As we consider our role in the handicapped community, we realize that these stories are motivating and encouraging, but experiencing tough times is a reality that shouldn’t be diminished.
Encouraging Stronger Connections in the Wheelchair Community
Our goal is that individuals with impaired mobility, whether from birth, a recent occurrence, or only temporarily during physical therapy, have the comfort of knowing that there are options. We view our role as two-fold: encouraging stronger connections in the wheelchair community, and addressing immobility needs by providing superior equipment and transportation.
Our team is made up of a people who are not only knowledgeable about wheelchair vans, lifts and other alternate forms of transportation, but they are trained to work as a team with each person to determine the best solutions for them according to their needs.
If you are looking for a wheelchair accessible van, our staff will talk you through the options: new wheelchair vans, pre-owned wheelchair vans, or features for converting a regular van into a wheelchair van. If you are interested in trying out a new style of van, we’ll take you through our range of options, including:
- Chrysler Town & Country
- Dodge Grand Caravan
- Toyota Sienna
- Buick Terraza
- Ford Econoline
Gaining Mobility Independence
From putting in a fold out ramp to adding a lowered floor, we offer as many options as possible to allow you to gain as much mobility independence as possible.
Our goal is to offer products that help make a tough time just a little bit easier in any way possible. If you’re interested in learning more about our products or getting involved in events in the handicapped community, drop us a note! We can’t wait to hear from you!
Though sad events take place around the world, it is the many encouraging success stories of how people overcome their circumstances that touch people’s hearts and motivate them to act.
Darius Weems: Inspiring Others
In light of that, we have to give a grand "hats off" to the courageous Darius Weems, a teenager who is wheelchair bound due to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and his group of loyal friends who traveled across the country to demonstrate that physical handicap does not mean life stops moving!
His story, and those of many others, is proof and encouragement to the wheelchair community that with resolve and the strength of the community that surrounds you, you can pursue a life that knows no boundaries.
Darius Weems made a 7,000 mile trek across the U.S. in order to personally ask MTV’s “Pimp My Ride” to refurbishment his “ride”- the battered wheelchair he spent each day in and relied upon. The film follows Darius and his friends on this adventure, showing the hilarious situations they get themselves into, the heartbreaking realities of DMD, and the inspirational firsts he experienced along the way.
Educating Others About Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Darius has taken this experience since returning to his home in nearby Athens, Georgia, and used the attention it has garnered to educate people about physical handicap, life in a wheelchair, and Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. His inspirational feat is a display of courage and determination that resonates with many, and we hope that as people learn about DMD and living with a physical handicap, they will seek to understand and support the wheelchair bound world in a new way.
It is stories like “Darius Goes West” that make Van Products proud to be a part of the wheelchair community, and excited to offer those with physical handicaps or who are wheelchair bound the ability to keep moving. Questions about getting involved in the handicapped community or interest in learning about the wheelchair vans we offer? Let us know, we’d love to hear from you!
Our philosophy is that life is a moving experience and what we offer should help wheelchair bound people go anywhere, any time. We take this philosophy on the road and in the home, which is why Van Products keeps up to date with the newest, easy to use and innovative mobility products we can find.
Ranging from in home lifts to wheelchair vans, we’d love to show you ways we can get you moving!
Catering to Your Unique Mobility Needs
We understand that people experience immobility for a wide variety of reasons, and we value relationship building as one of the most important qualities Van Products can offer. For that reason, we seek to cater to you and your individual circumstances, whether you need a temporary wheelchair van during a time of physical rehabilitation, you have a long term disability and need a new wheelchair van to replace one that is outdated, finicky or broken, or you are trying to outfit your home to accommodate someone physically handicapped.
You have our assurance that we value each person and helping them in the best way possible, while getting involved with their community to encourage and engage those relationships.
Wheelchair Accessibility in the Home
In the home, we have a variety of choices, with everything from seated stair lifts to wheelchair lifts and even those that accommodate scooters. A sense of mobility and security in the home is our top priority. On the road we have the highest quality and most up to date designs of wheelchair vans, both family style and commercial.
Already have a van? Fold out ramps and lowered floors can be a great solution, so let us know where the need is and we’ll customize our services for you.
At Van Products, we focus on offering the best equipment available to enable you to gain as much independence in mobility as possible, and to make a difficult process as easy as possible. Let us know if you have questions, want to learn more about one of our products or want to get involved with the wheelchair community!