“Before I joined the Motability Scheme it was extremely difficult. I am unable to travel on buses, taxis or trains due to the size and height of my power chair. I was only able to go out around where I live in my power chair, so I was very restricted. The Motability Scheme has helped me tremendously. I am very thankful to them.”
Samantha qualified as a nursery nurse, but stopped when she developed early onset adult dystonia, a neurological movement disorder resulting in painful and uncontrollable muscle spasms.
“I try to live an enjoyable life, even though it is difficult do to with my condition. I try not to let it stop me. My condition causes my fingers and thumbs to contract into the palms of both hands and my ankles and feet to invert. I am unable to bear weight and am a full-time wheelchair user.”
I visited an exhibition a few years ago and saw a Motability stand and found out about Motability and the Scheme. I received a grant for the cost of the adaptations in my WAV and having a Motability Scheme vehicle which is highly adapted for my needs is fantastic. It is a drive-from WAV, so I can drive it whilst sitting in my power chair. I am able to drive it using the space drive joystick controls. It is fantastic, it gives me so much independence and freedom: I absolutely love it. I am so grateful for Motability for the grant and the Motability Scheme for the vehicle.”
“I have an assistance dog called Bugsy who really helps me too. With the vehicle it means we can go on holiday together and visit places which has really opened up the world again to me and has given me my independence back.”