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Happenings Around Hamaspik

September 23, 2016

By Mendy Hecht, Hamaspik Gazette

Driving for Maximum Accessibility

On the morning of Friday, September 23, Hamaspik of Rockland County took delivery of six “mobility vehicles,” as they’re dubbed by their maker, specialty auto company MV-1.  The brand-new MV-1 wheelchair-accessible cars were driven in by Rochester, New York MV-1 dealer Shepard Brothers. 

With Hamaspik’s current fleet of trademark navy blue Transportation Vans getting on in years, the nimbler and more fuel-efficient MV1 DX vehicles, which resemble oversized SUVs, are a complementary complement to an agency priding itself on being on the cutting edge of progress.

Each vehicle accommodates up to three wheelchairs and features an easily deployable right-side retractable ramp, allowing for convenient street-side entry and exit.

Greeting friendly point man Don Wilson shortly after he arrived with his crew of drivers was Gazette editor Mendy Hecht.  He was followed by Hamaspik of Rockland County Developmental Coordinator Zalman Stein and right-hand man Nathan Fried (pictured here), who lost no time checking out the vehicles’ ins and outs.

With final paperwork signed and handshakes exchanged, the gentlemen parted ways—and various Hamaspik staffers took their wheels to drive them to the agency group homes and Day Habilitation programs to which they have been assigned, and on to a new day in accessibility.