May 17, 2012 1:46 PM
Chrysler Group’s Automobility
Program is hosting an awareness event this week in recognition
of National Mobility Awareness Month. The program’s intent is
two-fold, as employees are educated about mobility options for
individuals with disabilities and what the corporation does to
support these efforts. In addition, Chrysler Group engineers are
available to meet and collaborate with mobility suppliers and
installers who arrive on site.
Employees learn a variety of important aspects regarding the
Automobility Program during its awareness week. For example, all
kinds of vehicles across the company’s line are able to be
customized. These can range from the Chrysler Town & Country,
to the Jeep® Wrangler, to the Fiat 500 and everything in
between. Also, since each disability requires different mobility
needs, Chrysler Group continues to make sure that its vehicles
support these different options. In fact, this kind of foresight is
established from the very beginning of each vehicle’s design,
as engineers consider mobility needs as a factor throughout the
Chrysler’s company history of mobility support is certainly
well documented. Larry Whitefield, Automobility Program Manager,
notes in the above video that in 1984, the company was responsible
for the first product in the industry to have a wheel chair lift.
Mobility customers looking for vehicle alterations may also have up
to $1,000 of their upgrade costs reimbursed
by Chrysler. This type of financial assistance has been
provided by the corporation for more than 25 years and continues to
be a high priority to this day.
It is refreshing to see Chrysler Group as a whole do the right
thing, when it comes to providing mobility support to those with
disabilities. Not only that, but it is also enlightening to see the
commitment for this kind of support on a manufacturing level.