Ralph Needs to Drive from Wheelchair

What is the Need:
I need an E-Z Lock wheelchair lock installed in my modified Dodge Grand Caravan so I can drive from my wheelchair. I am unable to continue to transfer from my wheelchair to the driver’s seat.

Who Benefits?
Myself! I want to maintain my independence by continuing to drive!

I have Muscular Dystrophy and a new Permobil power wheelchair - I needed the new wheelchair to ensure a safe lockdown behind the wheel.

What Will the funds be used for? 
Installation of E-Z Lock driver tiedown to enable my continued driving safely from the wheelchair. Below is  a copy of the estimate of the work.

The vendor is unnamed here, and is the premier mobility vehicle dealer/converter/dealer in Connecticut. I'm on my third vehicle through them since April1996 and can attest to their superior service!

See video links how the lockdown works further down.
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When are the funds needed?
I hope to be able to fund this modification on or before June 30, 2019. I expect that the work can be completed in 4-5 weeks after the order is placed.

A little more about me:
I have been driving by transferring from a wheelchair since April 1996; (3) wheelchair driver vans, top to bottom: 1989 Dodge B250; 1998 Ford E-150; 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan, modified with zero-effort steering & brakes and Featherlite push/rock hand control. (~ 75K miles)

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Why is this cause is so important to me?

• Being abIe to drive am involved with my outside interests requiring transit to participate: Chairman, Ansonia Cultural Commission; Board of Directors, Center for Disability Rights; Advisory Board, Salvation Army Greater Valley.

• No options for traveling locally: Valley Transit District (ADA paratransit) only runs Monday-Friday until 5:30 p.m. Unable to even go to church on Sunday without driving. There are no wheelchair taxi options in my area either.

• We are building our Valley-Voice CT e-publishing business and need a greater advertising presence in our readership. That can be done best in face-to-face sales calls - I need to be able to drive.

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• I've been driving in modified vans for nearly 23 years - meaning that I've enjoyed a sense of freedom and independence. 

How does the lockdown work? See the following video links:

E-Z Lock, How it Works: https://youtu.be/V_T3SIduHI0

Lockdown Process: https://youtu.be/6UOgRgKvzJs

Driving: https://youtu.be/uNTUSvYfkBI
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Organizer

Ralph Villers 
Organizer
Ansonia, CT
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