This has been in the works for quite a few months now, but we finally have some wheels to transport Chris!!! This is tremendously important: today, for example, Chris missed all therapy sessions because RIOSA’s contracted transport company forgot to bring wheelchair tie downs for their vehicle (wtf?!?).

I picked up the van – a 2011 Ford E-150 “E1E” / Cargo – this afternoon at Leif Johnson Ford in Austin;  Bill Seibert (photo) delivered the vehicle.  His partner, Glenn Curby, in LJF commercial/fleet sales helped us out on the chassis with Ford, and Rich Cole at MobilityWorks in Akron, Ohio, did the commercial ADA van conversion portion.

Bill Seibert with Leif Johnson Ford Fleet Sales

I’ve seen countless MobilityWorks Ford conversions driving around San Antonio, and I believe Capital Metro recently acquired some of the same units for MetroAccess in Austin.  These commercial ADA vans are MUCH cheaper than functionally-equivalent “retail” wheelchair vans.

Anyway, end of the sales pitch – I’m relieved that we have wheels for Chris.  This opens up some interesting new options for us.

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