This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of NMEDA for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
Do you know someone that uses a wheelchair or maybe a scooter? Then you need to know about NMEDA.
NMEDA is a non-profit trade association; they educate consumers on buying products from a NMEDA qualified dealer.
Driving around town, I see adapted wheelchair vehicles everywhere. I have always wondered where these people get their vehicles modified or if it was something that they do themselves. When I found the NMEDA site and started reading up on what they do. I found out a couple very important things:
1. NMEDA is the only association that promotes safe driving and equipment for disabled people. They are non-profit and their members are required to adhere to the safety standards of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. NMEDA dealers (members) are the ones who sell handicap vans and vehicle modifications for disabled people. NMEDA DOES NOT SELL ANYTHING
2. No two people with a disability are exactly the same. Beware of adapted wheelchair vehicles sold over the Internet or through catalogs. After a personalized “in-person” evaluation, you can be sure you are getting the right driving solution customized to your specific lifestyle and needs. If you need additional training or product refinements, your NMEDA dealer is there to help you.
There are 2 parts to NMEDA, they have Dealers (who sell the equipment) and a Quality Assurance Program (QAP). The Quality Assurance Program (QAP) is the only nationally recognized accreditation program for the Adaptive Mobility Equipment Industry. It is based on the principle that in order to satisfy customers consistently, companies must have a systematic and documented approach to quality.
I am not a caretaker to someone in a wheelchair so I can’t even imagine how hard and how much work it is. But I do think that getting in contact with one of NMEDA’s many dealers could help very much. Getting a wheelchair modified vehicle would make it so much easier to travel as well as provide anyone that is disabled or in a wheelchair more independence. It would make traveling a lot more safe and comfortable as well.
You can check out their website NMEDA to find dealers near you. I went on there, entered my zip code and 4 dealers came up within 50 miles. My closest dealer is Advanced Mobility Systems of Texas.
If you have time, go on there and see how many dealers are in your area. Let me know who your closest qualified dealer is!