Transportation advice for electric wheelchair


#1

Transportation with my electric wheelchair is my biggest issue. I live in Illinois and wanted to go to a family wedding in Missouri. I finally gave up trying when the costs were were reaching over $3000!


#2

Don’t know how you were planning on traveling but I have flown even cross countrt both east coast to west coast and vice versa and I took both my electric scooter and my 4 wheeled rollator style walker and the airline shipped them as adaptive equipment at no charge. They provided me with a wheelchair and a sky cap to push it whenever I was at an airport. I don’t understand the $3000 figure for traveling; please explain.


#3

Wisconsin has DIvision of Vocational Rehabilitation and they paid for a lift for my scooter. The social security office gave me their info as a resource. Maybe Illinois has something similar? They would need someone to help them if they can’t walk at all though to get the wheelchair on and off.

Jessie Benash


#4

Thanks Jessie! Here’s the Illinois Dept. of Human Services website. I don’t see anything immediately about mobility help, but it may be part of a broader service / program.