A Sprinter conversion for freedom: Janis McDavid doesn't let anything get in his way.
Janis McDavid was born without arms and legs. But that doesn't stop him from having an invariably positive outlook on life and making the best of his life. Thanks to his converted Sprinter, he drives his van himself and can thus enjoy his own freedom. As a motivational speaker, he has travelled the world and encourages businesses and people to surpass themselves.
Paravan – mobility solutions for people with a physical disability.
There are around 70 companies in Germany which specialise in building vehicles for people with a disability. Among them is Paravan – a company from southern Germany. The company's founder Roland Arnold was so moved when he once met a helpless disabled person that he decided to set up the Paravan company. His vision was to provide mobility for people with a disability. In this field, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter offers a great basis and is appropriately adapted and converted to the requirements of the customer by a team of 180 employees. The company premises even houses their own driving school for people with a disability. And it's exactly there that Janis obtained his own driving licence.
"If you want to, you can achieve anything!"
Freedom thanks to the Sprinter.
A tour around a converted Sprinter: solutions for independent mobility.
Take a look around this specially converted Sprinter from Janis McDavid who was born without arms or legs. Thanks to his converted Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Janis can drive independently which means he enjoys freedom in its purest form. Features like a ramp for entering the vehicle or a joystick for steering open up a world to Janis which is an aspect of daily life which others take for granted – uninhibited independence.
Individually adapted driving aids:
|Mercedes-Benz offers a large range of individually adapted driving aids for numerous vehicle models ex-factory. People with restricted mobility can have their new vehicle equipped with controls and steering aids, as well as devices specifically for persons with a disability, pedal modifications, entry and exit aids or specially adapted seats – all without the need for time-intensive conversions and all for a fixed price with a full works warranty. Further information can be found here: https://www.mercedes-benz.com/en/driving-aids/|
Janis enjoys his life to the full and seeks to use his own positive outlook on life to encourage others to do the same.
Automatically opening rear doors and a fold-out ramp lift: all conversions on the Sprinter were tailored to Janis' needs.
Mobile thanks to the Sprinter.
For Janis, driving means the freedom to make decisions for himself.
Everything is possible.
With his high electric wheelchair, a number of special tricks and a control joystick under his armpits, Janis can drive on the roads like any other driver.