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WASHINGTON, May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) today received the donation of a 2004 Toyota Sienna Rampvan from Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. (TMS).

Del McNeal, PVA executive director, accepted the keys to the special mobility van from Don Esmond, senior vice president and general manager, Toyota Division.

"All of us who work to help improve the lives of our members are indebted to Toyota for this invaluable donation. In so many ways, the Sienna Rampvan will help us advance the interests of paralyzed veterans, from transporting members to Capitol Hill to advocate on behalf of veterans and Americans with disabilities to visiting local schools for student education events," McNeal said. "Accessible transportation allows us to effectively fulfill our mission."

"We are very pleased to show our support for the many important services that PVA provide to our paralyzed veterans," said Esmond. "Their research and educational programs benefit not only their membership, but everyone affected by spinal cord injury and dysfunction."

PVA is concerned with the needs of spinal cord impaired veterans and all Americans with disabilities. The veterans' service group works to ensure that its members receive the quality health care and benefits that they have earned through their military service and to create the laws necessary to provide equal opportunity and access for all. PVA is one of the oldest and largest private funding sources of spinal cord research designed to find a cure for those who have a spinal cord injury or disease.

Toyota Mobility was established by TMS and Toyota Motor Corporation to provide programs and vehicles to assist mobility challenged individuals. The Sienna Rampvan is their latest effort.

The Rampvan starts as a Sienna minivan manufactured at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana's plant in Gibson County, Ind. The minivan is then shipped to Independent Mobility Systems (IMS), an industry-leading mobility conversion firm in Farmington, New Mexico for extensive modifications, including lowering of the vehicle's floor, installation of a manual or power side ramp and tie-downs for four wheelchairs.

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i think the GM minivans have a handy available feature... the motorized, swing-out and lower passanger seats. they slide right out of the van and turn and lower to allow less mobile people to easily get in the seat, then they power right back into place. probably very pricey, but at least it's an option. still no good for people in wheelchairs, though.
 

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This is great news! Thanks Toyota!
 
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