Family Can Travel Together, Thanks to Accessible Van

By JoLynne Lyon | December 15, 2022
Isaac outside the ramp leading to the van
Isaac by his family's accessible van

TREMONTON—The Larson family avoided taking trips together. For one thing, it was hard on 15-year-old Isaac, who uses a wheelchair. For another, it was hard on Penny, his mother, who tried to ignore the pain of a spinal condition as she lifted him in and out of their Subaru Legacy sedan. And then there were the usual sibling complaints that come with riding in cramped conditions.

Last week, many of those problems were solved as they drove a van financed by the Utah Assistive Technology Program to a private concert by the a cappella group Eclipse 6. The Salt Lake City event was made possible by the Mascot Miracles Foundation. “It’s our first trip out and we’re elated,” Penny said. Isaac does not speak, but it’s obvious music is his thing. When it plays, “My boy just lights right up.”

She was happy, too. “For the first time in years, there’s room in this vehicle,” she said. “It is so, so nice.”

She was also spared the hassle of packing an old fold-up wheelchair into the Subaru.

UATP partners with Zions Bank in offering reduced-interest loans to people who need assistive technology. There are no income restrictions. The loans of up to $50,000 can be used to finance many types of AT—hearing aids, home modifications, other devices not covered by insurance.

UATP and Zions work together to successfully finance van loans. Find out more about UATP’s Loans to Purchase AT program on our website.

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