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Monday, June 22, 2015

Many automakers both domestic and foreign will help pay for hand controls to drive...


It's not supposed to be a secret but it seems that way: Many automakers will pay between $500 and $1,000 to help a person with a disability pay for hand controls or to offset the cost of a wheelchair lift if he or she buys a vehicle.
Here's a quick list of the companies and how to contact them, as posted on the Florida company Website of Harmar

Mobility Reimbursement Program

Many automobile manufacturers offer mobility programs established to provide cash reimbursements for the installation of adaptive equipment in any new vehicle purchase or lease. Please call the manufacturer's or visit their websites for more information.
  • Acura Mobility Program

    Acura Mobility Program

    The Acura Mobility Program is proud to support the mobility needs of drivers and passengers with physical disabilities. For more information, contact Acura Customer Service at 1-800-382-2238
  • Chrysler Automobility Program

    Chrysler Automobility Program

    The Chrysler Automobility Program provides up to $1,000 in financial assistance toward the installation of adaptive equipment on new Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles. Please contact Automobility Program Headquarters at (800) 255-9877 or any U.S. Chrysler, Dodge or Jeep dealership for more details.
  • Ford Mobility Program

    Ford Mobility Program

    Ford Mobility Motoring offers financial assistance of $1,200 toward the cost of the installation of adaptive equipment on a new Ford, Lincoln or Mercury vehicle. The program also offers Ford Credit Mobility Financing and comprehensive Roadside Assistance. To begin the Ford Mobility Motoring process, contact the Ford Mobility Motoring Customer Care Center at 1-800-952-2248.
  • GM Mobility Program with OnStar

    GM Mobility Program with OnStar

    Get up to $1,000 reimbursement ($1,200 on Chevy Express/GMC Savana vans) PLUS 2 extra years of the OnStar safety and security service when you buy or lease an eligible new GM vehicle (except Cadillac) and install eligible adaptive equipment (e.g., hand controls, scooter hoist, wheelchair lift). Vehicle must be adapted and a claim submitted within 12 months of the vehicle purchase/lease date. To learn more, please visit our web site or call us toll-free at 1-800-323-9935 (TTY users 1-800-833-9935).
  • Honda Mobility Program

    Honda Mobility Program

    In addition to the printable format of the form on the Honda web site, forms are also available at your local Honda dealer or upon request from Automobile Customer Service at 1-800-999-1009.
  • Jaguar Mobility Program

    Jaguar Mobility Program

    The Jaguar Mobility Headquarters can assist in locating assessment centers, equipment dealers and installers, and potential resources for financial assistance. For further information on the Jaguar Mobility Program call 1-800-207-5517 or TTY 1-800-833-0312 .
  • Lexus Mobility Program

    Lexus Mobility Program

    This offer applies to all purchased or leased new 2001 and later Lexus vehicles. Leased vehicles require advance written approval from the lessor of adaptive equipment installations. Questions? Please call Lexus Customer Satisfaction at 1-800-255-3987 or 1-800-443-4999 (TDD).
  • Toyota Mobility Program

    Toyota Mobility Program

    The Toyota Mobility Program supports the mobility needs of Toyota owners and/or family members with physical disabilities. Please contact the Toyota Customer Assistance Center at 1-800-331-4331.
  • Volvo Mobility Program

    Volvo Mobility Program

    Mobility by Volvo is a logical extension of the Care by Volvo philosophy that travels from the Volvo retailer to your driveway. The goal is to assist persons who are mobility challenged or hearing impaired so their transportation needs can be met within the extraordinary comfort and safety of a specially adapted Volvo. To begin the process and learn more, you can contact the Mobility by Volvo Center at 1-800-803-5222.
  • Volkswagon Mobility Program

    Volkswagon Mobility Program

    Volkswagen will refund up to $1000 on the purchase or lease of a new Volkswagen vehicle if vehicle access or ramp equipment is installed. For more information, contact Volkswagen of America at 1-800-DRIVE VW.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Go on a “Magic Journey” with MORC Players

Box: Contact Deidre Mercer at (586) 263-8702 to purchase tickets for $10 each. People with Disabilities are admitted free.
The MORC Players, who received a $2,600 grant, will present the innovative play, “Magic Journeys: Where Imagination is King and Dreams Come True!” at 7 p.m. June 23 at the Troy Community Center.

It is the second year the 20 or so MORC Players have performed a play to showcase the creative abilities of people with cognitive and physical disabilities.

“We are hoping to get people from Oakland and Macomb counties to come in and be surprised by the level of enthusiasm and talent this program, “Magic Journeys,” will demonstrate,” said Lou Fazzini, the executive director and Founder of “All the World’s a Stage.”

The MORC Players received the $2,600 grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Anton Center in Mount Clemens before the players started practicing in April, Fazzini said.

“You give them a costume and they are just so happy to be part of an acting ensemble,” Fazzini said. “They find the good in everything.”

The first play last fall was such a success, he said. “It gave them an opportunity to do something that they probably haven’t had the chance to do before in their lives.”

This is a good thing for these performers on a number of levels, said Fazzini. “It creates an environment of safety and acceptance. It’s therapeutic.”

Before practicing for the play on Tuesdays for the past few months, the individuals attended a regular class on how to manage anger. “Then they come and perform and the disruptive behavior disappears and each person learns to be part of the ensemble and it’s a give-and-take relationship,” said volunteer instructor Deirdre Mercer.

“The MORC Players are so giving and have such empathy,” said Fazzini. “They have troubles but I have never seen a group of people who are so genuinely honest and appreciative.”

The play is not scripted but is an actor’s showcase. The actors/actresses are going to present and demonstrate acting skills they’ve learned. “We worked a lot on nonverbal and pantomime skills and some of the performance will get the audience involved to try and guess what someone is trying to show or be through pantomime.

Our troupe members do something very creative, not the standard way; they think out of the box and based on last year’s pilot performance everyone has a good time and grows closer and the audience sees performers, not people with disabilities.

Jerry Wolffe is the writer-in-residence, advocate-at-large at the Macomb-Oakland Regional Center. He can be reached at (586) 263-8950.




Monday, June 8, 2015

Document for state, local governments on ADA published by Justice Department


The Department of Justice has published a new technical assistance document, ADA Update: A Primer for State and Local Governments, to help State and local government officials understand how Title II of the ADA applies to their programs, activities, and services. This 16-page illustrated guide addresses general nondiscrimination requirements, such as provisions relating to program accessibility, service animals, communicating with people with disabilities, other power-driven mobility devices, and policies and procedures. The document also addresses how the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design apply to the built environment, including existing buildings and facilities, new construction, and alterations.

To find out more about the ADA, visit or call the Department's toll-free ADA Information Line at 1-800-514-0301 or 1-800-514-0383 (TDD).

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

A vast majority of nation's people with disabilities receive NO public financial help

MORC Writer-in-Residence, Advocate-at-large

The Madison House Autism Foundation Website via The DD News Blog reported on June 1, 2015 that “of the 3.775 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, 77 percent of them do not receive publicly funded residential supports."

"Of the 23 percent, or 1.127 million with I/DD who do not receive publicly funded supports, 56 percent live with family and 44 percent do not live with family. Of the 44 percent who do not live with family, 27 percent of those live in their own home. The other 73 percent live in group homes, foster homes, nursing facilities and less than 1,000 live in psychiatric facilities.”