Scottsdale family whose daughter has cerebral palsy gets new wheelchair accessible van
The Stedman family of Scottsdale is no stranger to adversity. They’ve triumphed over cancer, ADHD, Dyslexia and Cerebral Palsy. Their eight-year-old daughter, Sage, has cerebral palsy and is non-mobile. She was diagnosed at the age of four months.
Not having a safe and accessible vehicle to transport a child in a wheelchair can cause isolation, discouragement, frustration, and depression. That’s one of the many reasons the Stedman family wanted to get an accessible vehicle for Sage.
“Sage has a power chair and it is a joy to see her enjoy this newfound independence, but we’ve been unable to transport it,” said Mrs. Stedman. “Although she can take her chair to school on the bus, her schedule does not allow her to take the bus every day.”
Where to Start
The Stedman family has been searching desperately for the best wheelchair accessible vehicle for their daughter. “But, in addition to the large expense of such a vehicle, we have extra medical bills due to her father’s stage 4 cancer diagnosis,” said Mrs. Stedman, who added that her family has also been working hard to raise funds to help pay for it.
Thankfully, the Steelman Family Foundation, which assists families in need who are trying to purchase their own wheelchair accessible vehicle, has chosen to help Sage Stedman and her family.
Today, the Stedman family will be driving home in their new, safe, and reliable wheelchair accessible transportation. Their 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan VMI Verge II Rear Entry accessible van from United Access in Scottsdale (14885 N 83rd Pl Ste 105, Scottsdale, Arizona 85260), will make everyone’s life a little easier. United Access is the second largest provider of customized accessible vehicles and equipment in the nation.
“The stories we hear every day and the smiles we see on our customers’ faces when they drive away for the first time, fuel our passion for the work we do,” said John Beering, president of United Access. “Serving others is, and always has been, at the heart of what we do. We believe that the Steelman Family Foundation shares our same mission and values and that’s why we chose to partner with them.”