Welcome to the Family, Wheelchair Getaways
January 1st 2019, Wheelchair Getaways joined the Accessible Vans of America LLC. All Wheelchair Getaways Wheelchair Van Rental locations will continue to provide the same great vehicles and customer service you've enjoyed over the years. We look forward to seeing you on your next adventure soon!
History of Wheelchair Getaways
Wheelchair Getaways was founded in 1988 in Pennsylvania by J. Edward Van Artsdalen, who, with his father and grandfather, had many years of experience in the transportation industry. Mr. Van Artsdalen’s goal to make accessible van rental services available to as many persons as possible was realized in 1989, when he began a national franchise. From that humble beginning, Wheelchair Getaways has emphasized quality service in transportation.
In 1994, Wheelchair Getaways was sold to Stewart Gatewood. Mr. Gatewood operated the corporation until his retirement in 1998. The company was then passed down to his son Richard who operated the business until 2006.
The company was then purchased by JDR Franchises, LLC, DBA Wheelchair Getaways. This company was formed by Jennifer and Dale Richardson. The Richardson’s, who were franchise owners themselves, were so impressed with the people and the valuable service they provided the community, that they purchased the entire operation.
We are excited to add the locations in order to improve both the selection and new locations for our customers!