Driving His Wheelchair Van to Independence
David Powell has always dreamed of having a car of his own. Powell was born with leg and arm deformities that resulted in him having no hands and malformed legs. As the oldest of four kids, Powell saw his younger siblings eventually get their licenses before he did.
Initially, Powell was unsure of how to start the process of getting his own modified vehicle and license. His boss at Independent Connection connected him to Avenues Driving Rehab in Overland Park, where Powell underwent a comprehensive driving evaluation to see what it would take to get him back on the road to independence.
Powell eventually purchased a Dodge Grand Caravan then started working with United Access in Lenexa to start to modify his vehicle to make it truly customized to fit his mobility needs.
“I’m an impatient person. I want what I want when I want it and had to wait on other people up until now, so it’s like, I want to go somewhere and just get up and go. It’s freaking awesome,” Powell said.