This post brought to you by NMEDA. All opinions are 100% mine.
Whether it is a parent or child, caring for a person with a disability can be overwhelming. Great patience, caring, and insight are required to achieve a safe and happy standard of living. The good news is searching for a wheelchair van, car, truck or other mobility equipment does not necessarily need to be a difficult process. Because no two disabilities are the same, a personalized evaluation can assure not only safety but also provide solutions tailored to fit your family’s lifestyle. The NMEDA Association supplies information on Qualified Mobility Equipment Dealers as well as a Quality Assurance Program.
NMEDA originated in Florida, my home state, as a non-profit association of mobility equipment dealers. A national membership level was opened in 1989 and the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association was established. Membership is now more than 600 members with the majority of members located in the United States and Canada.
The purpose of the organization is to promote and support safe driving via dealers of equipment for disabled people. Members are the individuals and dealers engaged in the modification of quality transportation for people with disabilities. Membership requires adhering to the safety standards of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and following the guidelines set by NMEDA. The association also educates consumers on purchasing products from a qualified dealer.
Every member agrees to follow these guidelines when they join the association. The guidelines, which are actually a living document providing detailed recommended practices on equipment installation and modifications, are updated yearly.
Quality Assurance = Quality of Life
Through the nationally accredited NMEDA Quality Assurance Program, customers benefit from the required continual process to improve and enhance the quality of vehicle modification and mobility equipment installation. This NMEDA Q.A.P. embraces the highest guidelines available in the adaptive mobility equipment industry and requires dealers to meet these guidelines.
Let’s face it, caring for a disabled person is difficult. Great patience, caring, and insight are required to achieve a safe and happy standard of living. Obtaining specialized, high quality advice on mobility equipment from an NMEDA dealer provides a time saving, safe option for disability caregivers. The organization will also help with additional training or product refinements.
Having taken care of my father and mother in law, I learned that eliminating mobility issues was one of the most important aspects to achieving a quality lifestyle. If you are the caregiver of a disabled person, simply go to nmeda.org and click on the dealers’ locator, type in your ZIP code to see if there is a qualified dealer near you.