HomeVA ProstheticsVA Handbook 1173.4 - Automotive Adaptive EquipmentDefinitions

4.3. Definitions

a. Automobile Adaptive Equipment. Automobile adaptive equipment is used to permit physically challenged persons to enter, exit, and or operate a motor vehicle or other conveyance. It includes, but is not limited to, power steering, power brakes, power windows, power seats, and other special equipment necessary to assist the eligible person. The term also includes airconditioning when necessary for the health and safety of the person, and any modification of the size of the interior space of the automobile or other conveyance if needed because of the physical condition of such persons when deemed essential.

b. Ankylosis. Ankylosis is the immobility and fusion of a joint, due to disease, injury, or surgical procedure. For the purpose of this handbook, this term is applicable to knee(s) and hip(s).

c. Conveyance. A conveyance is a means of transportation that includes but is not limited to conventional vehicles such as a car, truck or van.

d. Acuity. Acuity refers to detectable, recognizable or being able to resolve or localize.

e. Reimbursement. Repayment for money spent for adaptive equipment, whether new or repaired.

f. Repairs. Repair means to restore to sound working condition; to renew, e.g., to rebuild an automatic transmission.

g. Vehicle Modification. Vehicle modification generally means alterations that permit eligible veterans to enter, exit, and safely operate the vehicle.

h. Medical Equipment. Medical equipment is non-operational automobile adaptive equipment such as equipment necessary for entering or leaving the vehicle, air conditioning, etc.

i. Operational Equipment. Operational equipment is equipment medically necessary for the safe operation of the vehicle. Examples include hand controls, low-effort steering, automatic transmission, power brakes, power transfer seat, etc.

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