This post brought to you by National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Fabgrandma.
As a person who has always been active, I never ever dreamed I would become disabled. In the spring of 2012, however, when I was supposed to be in training for my fifth season as a Park Ranger at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, I got sick. I had severe abdominal pain, and other symptoms, so my husband took me to the hospital in Flagstaff, Arizona, 200 miles away, where I wound up staying for the next 34 days. After at least 5 trips to the operating room due to a blocked intestine, respiratory failure, peritonitis, more fun experiences, I came out of the hospital with a permanent disability. I can no longer do many of the things I used to do. I can, however, still walk.
Unfortunately, many people with disabilities are confined to wheelchairs. Wheelchair accessible vehicles and mobility equipment allow those with disabilities to take back their independence. NMEDA helps provide the best solutions to help increase mobility for wheelchair bound disabled individuals. A wheelchair accessible vehicle can give back a disabled person’s independence.
NMEDA was originally formed in Florida. In 1989, membership was expanded to include mobility dealerships in the United States, and today membership includes more than 600 members in the United States and Canada. Every NMEDA dealer member is required to participate in the Quality Assurance Probram NMEDA QAP NMEDA mobility equipment dealers offer wheelchair ramps, hand controls and steering aids, transfer seats and seating solutions, wheelchair securement and tie downs, scooter lifts and special acceleration and braking solutions for adaptive vehicles.
The Quality Assurance program is a recognized accreditation program for the mobility equipment industry developed to promote quality, dependability, and safety within the industry, and is the only such program ensures mobility equipment installation is consistent with the highest guidelines of professionalism.
Working with an NMEDA mobiity dealer to acquire a wheelchair accessible vehicle has many benefits, incuding:
- in-person evaluations
- specialized training of equipment
- 24-hour local emergency roadside services