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Paralympian’s Ultra-Accessible Ford Transit Van Life

When Lisa was paralyzed at 14, it took a long time for her to find herself doing what she loved again — going outdoors! But eventually, she was able to play basketball at the Paralympian level and even won 6 gold medals during her tenure. A shoulder injury, however, left her lost again and in a lot of pain. Once recovered, she turned to travel.

What started out as a short trip in the back of her car transformed into this amazing van conversion complete with a wheelchair lift, a motorized seat that lifts her to her bed height, and enough aisle room to turn her wheelchair around. Everything inside has been designed accessible so Lisa can travel by herself. You’re going to love the video tour!

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Wheelchair Lift, Motorized Bed Lift & More!

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You can see her “arm” wheelchair lift on the left.

Paraolympian’s Ultra-Accessible Ford Transit Van Life

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It’s a tight squeeze, but she can move freely inside!

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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  • Allison Bradshaw
    August 8, 2022, 1:37 pm

    Lisa, your van is a beautiful, functional, well thought out space! Great job! We live in a Tiny House, and really like the little fans you have over your bed. I am guessing that they are 12 volt? Do you mind sharing where you purchased them? Also your kitchen countertops are beautiful. What type of finish did you use?
    Thank you,

    • Marsha Cowan
      March 25, 2023, 6:34 pm

      What an amazing and beautiful young lady. The van is also amazing. I’m glad you have access to the outdoors and many other things you want to do through this van. Happy trails and be safe!

  • Tracee D Pettee
    August 8, 2022, 2:32 pm

    Wonderful! You Go Girl!!
    I am also paralyzed.

  • sandy samens
    August 8, 2022, 7:27 pm

    Love your camper. I have been wheelchair bound for over 10 years. I love your cabinets. I’d like a lot more info. I DREAM of someday getting a handicap motorhome and hiring a driver/ caretaker to assist me across our beautiful country and visiting relatives. Staying with them till they had their fill of me than mosying down to the next one. My Tommy and I had a 20 foot motorhome. Loved it. We enjoyed it only 4 1/2 years till he got ill. Enjoy!!! God bless you for showing me it’s still possible.

  • Nancy M.
    August 11, 2022, 1:02 pm

    You are quite an inspiration! I watched your video several days ago, and have thought a lot about it since then. I am past the age of being able to do such things (74), since I have some medical issues which prevent doing so. But your can-do attitude is inspiring, and I wish you well in all of your endeavors!

  • Julie
    September 5, 2022, 10:33 am

    Wow love seeing and reading about inspirational stories like this one. You are a strong grounded woman and have come far. I hope you are proud of your accomplishment and this great Van. The fact you are out there not being held back from nothing is truly wonderful!!! Safe travels and have lots of FUN!!! You go Girl

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