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ONE of the great un­sung ben­e­fits of the UK’S health and so­cial care scheme is Mota­bil­ity.

Count­less thou­sands of peo­ple have been helped to get around and live the lives they de­serve by this bril­liant mo­bil­ity scheme for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties and their fam­i­lies.

The Mota­bil­ity pro­gramme of GB and North­ern Ire­land is prob­a­bly the most ad­vanced in the world, and has grown ever more so­phis­ti­cated at sort­ing out your prob­lems.

From city­cars, to MPVS, sa­loons to 4x4s and much more, the choice of mod­els and range of seg­ments is truly im­pres­sive: there is surely a ve­hi­cle to as­sist even the most mo­bil­ity-chal­lenged among us.

And it’s not just cars — the scheme of­fers peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties the op­por­tu­nity and fi­nan­cial sup­port to own or lease a car, pow­ered wheel­chairs or a scooter.

It’s not re­stricted to the dis­abled, ei­ther. Many par­ents and car­ers don’t re­alise that Mota­bil­ity also sup­ports those car­ing for a dis­abled child aged three or over.

What many peo­ple don’t know is that it also al­lows those who do not drive to ap­ply for a car as a pas­sen­ger.

They can even nom­i­nate two other peo­ple as their driv­ers, which can be a real help for get­ting to the doc­tors, chemist or other ap­point­ments as well as leisure trips and shop­ping.

Elisabeth, aged 8, has spina bi­fida and hy­dro­cephalus, con­di­tions that af­fect her ner­vous sys­tem and mo­bil­ity. With­out Mota­bil­ity, her life and that of her car­ers in­clud­ing mum Sam, would be much more dif­fi­cult.

Sam said: “As Elisabeth got older, we strug­gled to lift her into the car, and there wasn’t enough space for the wheel­chair and the whole fam­ily to travel to­gether. What we needed was a car with ramped ac­cess so that Elisabeth could travel in her wheel­chair, but that was also big enough for the whole fam­ily.”

Sam ap­proached Mota­bil­ity who gave them a grant to­wards a suit­able wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble ve­hi­cle.

Mota­bil­ity UK has a bril­liant data­base of 400 adap­ta­tions — which means they are al­most bound to have some­thing that could help you. Many pop­u­lar adap­ta­tions come at no ex­tra cost.

They also have a bril­liant tool at www.mota­bil­ de­signed to makes it easy to find and cre­ate a short­list of cars.

Ve­hi­cles are supplied through a net­work of lo­cal Mota­bil­ity dealer part­ners and many of the ve­hi­cles are avail­able sim­ply by cus­tomers trans­fer­ring their al­lowance to Mota­bil­ity for the pe­riod of the agree­ment. North­ern Ire­land has a bril­liant range of car­ing deal­ers and an as­so­ci­ated sup­port net­work.

A sin­gle sim­ple monthly pay­ment cov­ers in­sur­ance, road tax, break­down cover, ser­vic­ing, tyre and wind­screen re­place­ment.

The most pop­u­lar op­tion for Mota­bil­ity cus­tomers is the con­tract hire of a new car, which of­fers worry-free mo­tor­ing at af­ford­able prices.

Cus­tomers can choose a brand new car from a se­lec­tion of over 2,000 mod­els, from the ma­jor man­u­fac­tur­ers, on a three or five-year lease.

The choice of ve­hi­cles avail­able in­cludes over 500 au­to­matic mod­els, more than 1,000 eco-friendly choices, in­clud­ing the first 100% elec­tric ve­hi­cle avail­able to lease through Mota­bil­ity — and around 450 cars avail­able with no ad­vance pay­ment.

A wide range of af­ford­able Wheel­chair Ac­ces­si­ble Ve­hi­cles ( WAVS) are also avail­able. Check out the car search tool at www.mota­bil­

Many new Mota­bil­ity ve­hi­cles can be adapted to suit your needs, and of­ten at no ex­tra cost

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