Link June 2017 Vol 26 Issue 3 - Page 34

car conversions & equipment a day in the life of Casey A wheelchair access van provides independence and freedom, writes Casey Cherry. I’m 30 years old and now live in beautiful Noosa in Queensland. I moved here from Melbourne because the weather is better. I can’t regulate my body temperature due to my accident, and the Sunshine Coast climate is warmer and this lets me get out and about more. In Melbourne I would stay at home with the heater on and watch TV most of the time. It has been ten years ago this Park. We go exploring the area, month since I started using a see dolphins and turtles or just sit wheelchair after I crashed my dirt and watch the waves. bike at a friend’s property near Broken Hill. We were out riding and Often we’ll go on road trips in the I fell off my bike. I landed wrong van and do a big trip to Broken Hill and broke my neck with damage to twice a year. It takes about 24 hours. C3, 4, 5, and 6 vertebrae. I am now We take the van to some pretty classified as a C5 quadriplegic. remote areas, in one case we went around 280 kilometres on dirt roads. After the accident I purchased Occasionally, we drive down to a wheelchair access van from Melbourne which also takes about Automobility, with a manual ramp two days. The long trips are a bit that folds down in the back and a hard on my body, but the van makes docking station that my wheelchair the journey more comfortable. I’ve locks into. I sit as a passenger next had my wheelchair access van from to the driver and can see out the Automobility for ten years and it 24-hour emergency number and front and side window. now has 157,000 kilometres on it. they worked with the local mechanic to fix the van. Automobility even 32 The van lets me get out of the Last September, on a trip to Broken fabricated replacement parts and house. We go shopping, down Hill, we were driving on a rugged sent them up to the mechanic who to the river, to the beach or to dirt road full of pot holes and installed them. the marina. I can sit in the sun, corrugations. This trip we hit a big get some lunch and throw a line bump, broke something in the front The van means a lot to me, it gives in, though I haven’t been very suspension of the van and it had to me the opportunity to get out and successful when we go fishing. I be towed 200 kilometres to Broken about when I want and lets me go love the beach and the National Hill. We contacted the Automobility where I want. car conversions & equipment linkonline.com.au