This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of NMEDA. All opinions are 100% mine.
Most people have seen vans park "at the door" of a supermarket. Usually a side door opens up and people in wheelchairs or other mobility equipment exit the vehicles. Have you ever wondered where these vehicles come from?
I, for one, am SO glad to see more and more people with disablilities out and about, enjoying life as God would have them to do. Nobody is meant to stay inside and avoid society simply because he or she cannot get around without special equipment. Mobility should be for everyone.
Along with that mobility comes a need for safe driving and safe equipment. That's where NMEDA (National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association) can help. NMEDA is a nonprofit trade association that helps people with disabilities become more mobile by giving them the help they need in locating, and understanding, their new equipment.
Members get assistance in finding the equipment that they need, like a car that they can drive themselves - simply punch in a zip code on their website to find the closest dealers. I punched in my zip code and found the closest dealer to me is in Traverse City.
NMEDA has a Quality Assurance Program (QAP) - the only nationally recognized accreditation program for the Adaptive Mobility Equipment Industry. A systematic and documented approach to quality is what works in keeping customers satisfied.
If you are a caregiver or are disabled yourself, you know first-hand about the challenges that disabled persons face in today's society. Although the challenges are there, they don't have to dominate your life. The first step is visiting NMEDA and using the dealer locator yourself. When you do, feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you find out!