Thankfully, living with multiple sclerosis does not have to mean losing the ability to drive. There is a variety of adaptive automobile equipment available. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society can help you consider all your needs and resources for staying mobile. Check with your healthcare provider—perhaps an occupational therapist—and then start looking into which adaptive automobile equipment is right for you. For example, mechanical or digital hand controls can operate the gas and brake. Adaptive steering and/or braking mechanisms require less pressure than usual. Turning and transfer seats, lifts, and ramps can make vehicle transfers easier, and driving a car more comfortable.


Support Along the Way

While purchasing a wheelchair accessible vehicle is an investment, there are options for funding assistance available. Toyota, Chrysler, General Motors, Ford and Honda all offer rebates when purchasing new cars that include adaptive auto equipment. Help Hope Live, a non-profit organization that specializes in medical fundraising, may also be able to assist.


The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) is an advocate for mobility and accessibility for drivers with disabilities. If you need help with converting or buying a handicap accessible van, car or truck, please consider one of our Quality Assurance Program dealers. Every NMEDA QAP dealer and technician has been trained and accredited in the highest best practice standards of quality and service to ensure safe and reliable transportation.



6 responses to “Driving with MS: Knowing Your Options

  1. need help finding and getting hand brakes and gas petal because I have neuropathy live in sc

    1. Hi Brenda,

      Visit the Dealer Locator here to find a NMEDA dealer near you. They will guide you through the process of purchasing mobility equipment modifications for your vehicle.

  2. Have found one resource that will contribute towards a mobility vehicle for a senior couple I’m working with. Is there a list of grant givers for this purpose?

  3. I’m doing my research and no one will help me. I’ve had ms since ’97 and I need help getting a new handicapped accessible van

  4. I was diagnosed with MS in ‘2000. I’m looking for assistance in having my truck converted. I’m also looking for a place near me that does these conversions to find out the cost. I live in Texarkana Texas.