Finally an Adapted Van for Massachusetts
MRC Commissioner Charles Carr and Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for Disability Policies and Programs Jean McGuire were at the Central Massachusetts Safety Council November 15th to unveil an adapted van that will help determine the type of driving equipment needed by individuals with disabilities.
The van was purchased with $155,000 in federal stimulus money so that people with disabilities who need driving evaluations and training can stay within Massachusetts to get it. The vehicle is equipped with different kinds of adaptive technologies. The new van will allow individuals to literally test drive these adaptive devices before making a purchase. "Ultimately the winner is people like me who have a disability and learn how to drive," noted Commissioner Carr.
MRC's Vocational Rehabilitation Services Dept. provides driving evaluations and training and may pay for vehicle adaptations to enable individuals with disabilities to go to work.
The Central Massachusetts Safety Council was awarded the contract to manage the project by the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission.
The Worcester Telegram and Gazette has produced a video of Commissioner Carr explaining why and how MRC purchased the van. View it here http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid652325341001?bclid=1796130928&bctid=676536370001