The Mid-Atlantic Agrability Project (MAAP), Georgetown, Del, recently became the recipient of a newly designed transport system customized for farmers with lower extremity amputations and paralysis. The Freedom 300 Tri-Wheeler is available from Orrville, Ohio-based company Ventrac. The unit is designed to allow its user to accomplish everyday tasks around the home, business, or farm without any transition from wheelchair to seat. The user has the ability to stay in his or her wheelchair.

The device allows the user easy access to the operator platform by way of a hinged ramp. Upon properly positioning the wheelchair, the ramp is raised and serves as a tailgate. The user can roll the wheelchair off the entrance/exit ramp upon arrival to the desired destination. 

The Freedom 300 features a front wheel drive, 6.5 horsepower electric start engine. Large rear pneumatic tires allow for a smooth ride and a variety of height levels to accommodate ground clearance.

MAAP has made this unit available to farmers for test drives and to evaluate its application in the farm setting. According to MAAP, the unit can also be loaned to farmers in wheelchairs. 

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Source(s): MAAP, Ventrac