Saturday, January 15, 2011

Help with Mobility Solutions

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

Would you know where to begin if you needed to purchase a van to transport a wheelchair-bound person, or to have your vehicle modified for a loved one's disability?  I wouldn't!  Well, let me clarify:  I wouldn't have, until I learned about National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association, also known as NMEDA.

What is NMEDA, you might ask?  From the website, here's part of the explanation:

NMEDA is a non-profit trade association of mobility equipment dealers, driver rehabilitation specialists, and other professionals dedicated to broadening the opportunities for people with disabilities to drive or be transported in vehicles modified with mobility equipment. All members work together to improve transportation options of people with disabilities.

NMEDA does not sell anything.  It's a non-profit trade association with a mission to support excellence in the mobility equipment industry.  This benefits consumers in multiple ways, such as these:

  • Education:  To provide guidance in selecting quality solutions that fit individual needs
  • Consistency:  To ensure that members (dealers) comply with safety guidelines
  • Assurance:  To facilitate conflict resolution, when needed

Through the NMEDA dealer locator, I learned that New Jersey has six dealers who are members, and all six also participate in the NMEDA Quality Assurance Program.  The only nationally recognized accreditation program for the Adaptive Mobility Equipment Industry, the QAP holds members to high standards.  (You can learn more about QAP at the NMEDA website.)

I would think that anything that helps the elderly or disabled achieve more independence--and that also gives a caregiver one fewer concern--is a good thing!  What do you think?

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