Among other things, we discussed transportation options (from DART Paratransit to vehicle modifications), Medicare (had lots of questions but no answers), and the University of Delaware MS Assessment clinic (lots of positive feedback for that program). There was also some discussion about boning a duck and power tools, which sent me into fits of laughter. I guess you had to be there...
As promised, here is additional information about a few of the topics.
Go to the DART Paratransit website for eligibility requirements and application:
1. The person is unable, as the result of a physical or mental impairment, to independently, get on or get off a bus on the fixed route; or
2. The person needs the assistance of a wheelchair lift or other boarding assistance and is able to get on, ride, and get off a bus, but such fixed route bus is not available on the route when the individual wants to travel; or
3. The person has a specific impairment-related condition that prevents travel to or from a bus stop in the system.
Delaware SCAT (Senior Citizen's Affordable Taxi) Program: http://www.dartfirststate.com/information/programs/scat/index.shtml
The SCAT program provides a 50% discount on taxi fares for senior citizens AND persons with disabilities that can't operate a motor vehicle. The taxis are private-owned companies and the Delaware Transit Corporation does not guarantee wheelchair accessibility of the taxis.
University of Delaware Physical Therapy Assessment Clinic for people with MS:
You can read about my experience with the clinic: http://shortinthecord.blogspot.com/2008/03/university-of-delawares-ms-assessment.html