Sunday, February 6, 2011

NMEDA: for Safe Driving & Equipment for Disabled People

This post brought to you by NMEDA. All opinions are 100% mine.

I want to tell you about an association that helps disabled people to find vehicles and driving equipment.  My mom was disabled by a condition called Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and couldn't drive, so she had to call for a bus to take her shopping and to appointments.  I wish I had known about NMEDA then, so she could have driven herself instead. If you know someone with a disability, the NMEDA association could help.

NMEDA is a non-profit trade association, educating people on where to go to find safe driving & equipment for disabled people.  They don't sell anything, they just tell people where to find the equipment they need.  They promote safe driving and equipment for those with all kinds of disabilities, their members have to stick with the standards set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  NMEDA dealers are members who sell handicap vans and vehicle modifications to help disabled people.

Since people with disabilities differ, even those with the same disability may have different issues, you have to be careful to find the right adapted vehicles. With NMEDA you receive a personalized "in-person" evaluation to find the right driving solution.  They will be there for you to help with refinements and additional information if you need it too.

NMEDA also has the Quality Assurance Program (QAP) that is nationally recognized and accredited for the Adaptive Mobility Equipment Industry.  Since they want to satisfy their customers, they have this system that is a documented approach to quality. 

NMEDA is a great way to get a disabled person back on the road and have some independence.  If I would have known about them years ago, it would have been a big help with my mom's independence and mobility.

For more information, head over to the website for NMEDA.  You can also hit the dealers locator and type in your zip code to find the nearest dealer to you.  Please comment here and let me know where your closest dealer is!


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Ingrid Ames said...

What great information! I have never heard of NMEDA before this blog post. It sounds like such a wonderful organization to help the disabled be more mobile. The closest NMEDA is about an hour away from me in Springfield, Oregon.

mattscraftywife said...

Thank you Ingrid! That's pretty close by huh?