QASA launches “drive from wheelchair” driver training programme

QASA is very proud to now be able to provide a service of driver training for wheelchair users who would prefer to “drive from wheelchair”, through the Driving Ambitions driver training programme.

Donated by Geoff Dear of Cape Mobility the Renault Kangoo is fitted with a Space drive system allowing wheelchair users with extreme limitations, the opportunity to drive from their wheelchair with zero effort steering and electronic support features. Access via a remote operated tailgate and ramp alleviates the necessity to transfer.  This self drive transport solution with ground-breaking technology provides total independence with safety.

 Driving Ambitions was launched 4 years ago by QASA in order to provide driver training services for people with limited agility, especially wheelchair users in adapted vehicles to give them the opportunity to get their driving licence. Since inception of the project, more than 102 people have managed to acquire their driving licence through this program.

 The introduction of the “drive from wheelchair” solution, will allow people with more severe disabilities the opportunity to drive with very specialised adaptations in the vehicle.

 Driving Ambitions not only provides the opportunity for people who need adaptations in vehicles to acquire their driving licence, but the outcome also supports dignity, builds self-esteem and confidence and ultimately promotes the integration of people with disabilities into society and of course enhanced employment opportunities through the attainment of a driving licence.

 QASA CEO Ari Seirlis says “disability should not be disabling and QASA is always looking for solutions to offer quadriplegics and paraplegics to ensure their rightful place of integration into society and opportunities to work and participate and contribute. The drive from wheelchair addition to our project will now make more dreams come true and provide reality for those who never thought of driving or driving again.”