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IF YOU strug­gle to get about be­cause of a dis­abil­ity, the Motability scheme can help.

Motability has as­sisted around 33,000 peo­ple in North­ern Ire­land since its in­cep­tion, and there’s a lengthy list of tes­ti­mo­ni­als from peo­ple whose lives have been trans­formed as a re­sult.

Many peo­ple don’t re­alise they qual­ity for the pro­gramme, which is the UK’S largest mo­tor scheme for dis­abled peo­ple.

Motability can help peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties by of­fer­ing them the op­por­tu­nity and fi­nan­cial sup­port to own or lease a car.

It’s not just mo­tor cars that qual­ity for as­sis­tance un­der the scheme – Motability can also fi­nance pow­ered wheel­chairs and scoot­ers.

Let’s face it, ac­cess to a car or any pow­ered ve­hi­cle or mini-ve­hi­cle has the abil­ity to trans­form lives of peo­ple who have dif­fi­cul­ties get­ting around.

What many par­ents and car­ers may not know is that Motability also sup­ports those car­ing for a dis­abled child aged three or over.

And 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.

Motability UK is also an ex­pert in help­ing peo­ple get ad­vice on the com­pli­cated busi­ness of adapt­ing ve­hi­cles to the needs of dis­abled peo­ple. Their bril­liant data­base of 400 adap­ta­tions is al­most bound to have some­thing that could help you. Many pop­u­lar adap­ta­tions come at no ex­tra cost.

An­other bril­liant Motability de­vise is a sim­ple on­line car search tool at www.motability. which is de­signed to makes it easy to find and cre­ate a short­list of cars.

Cars 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.

A sin­gle sim­ple monthly pay- ment 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.

You can even use the car search tool at to find and cre­ate a short­list of cars that suit your in­di­vid­ual life­style.

Any­one re­ceiv­ing ei­ther higher rate mo­bil­ity com­po­nent of Dis­abil­ity Liv­ing Al­lowance, en­hanced rate mo­bil­ity com­po­nent of Per­sonal In­de­pen­dence Pay­ment, Armed Forces In­de­pen­dence Pay­ment or War Pen­sion­ers’ Mo­bil­ity Sup­ple­ment can ap­ply.

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

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