This post brought to you by NMEDA. All opinions are 100% mine.
Do you ever think about what it would be like not to have access to a car or bus or subway line to get you around? Honestly, I never thought about transportation. It was just something that I took for granted. If I want to go somewhere, I just grab my keys, hop in my car and go. Unfortunately, not everyone is that fortunate. There are many people with disabilities who can’t drive or ride in transportation because it is not equipped to meet their needs, whether it be wheelchair accessible vans or modified equipment so people with disabilities can drive themselves.
But, just like anything, how do you know who to trust if you have special needs like this?
Thank goodness we have organizations like NMEDA, or the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association. NMEDA is a non-profit trade association of mobility equipment dealers, manufacturers, driver rehabilitation specialists and other professionals. They work to ensure that people with disabilities can drive or be transported in vehicles modified with mobility equipment.
The member-based organization in the U.S. and Canada promotes and supports individual members engaged in the modification of quality transportation for people with disabilities. The great thing is that every dealer member is required to adhere to the safety standards of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and to follow the guidelines set by NMEDA.
Additionally, there is a Quality Assurance Program (QAP)–the only program like this developed for the mobility equipment industry–for NMEDA dealers. This is a recognized accreditation program for the mobility equipment industry that promotes quality, safety, and reliability. NMEDA QAP dealers offer 24 hour local emergency assistance, on-site sales and and support and in-person individual evaluations.
Unfortunately, if you buy a vehicle through a non NMEDA dealer, you probably will not receive the same service.
If you, or someone you know has special transportation needs due to a disability, visit a NMEDA QAP (Quality Assurance Program) Dealer for mobility solutions. It will show you a group of accredited dealers of Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles and Adaptive Equipment, and you’ll be on your way to freedom, in a safe way, in no time!
NMEDA is striving to unify and improve the mobility equipment industry and service to people with disabilities. Transportation is the key to freedom and NMEDA is the key to quality transportation.