This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of NMEDA. All opinions are 100% mine.
There are so many things that we take for granted. It wasn’t until I started working with a little girl that has mobility challenges that I understood how blessed I am to be able to get around with ease. Through this little girl I have also seen how the right piece of equipment can make movement so much easier for someone who has a disability. For this reason, it is so important for those who have loved ones with disabilities to know about NMEDA.
Every handicapped person is unique, and every handicapped person has unique needs. This is where NMEDA comes in. NMEDA is a non-profit trade association; they educate consumers on buying products from a NMEDA qualified dealer. NMEDA does not sell wheelchairs or equipment; they promote safe equipment for those who are disabled. NMEDA qualified dealers sell vehicles and vehicle modifications specifically designed for disabled people. All NMEDA qualified dealers are required to meet safety standards that are set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
If you’re looking to purchase an adapted wheelchair vehicle, I would highly recommend not going through an internet dealer or catalog. Purchase in person, through a NMEDA dealer. Your NMEDA dealer can evaluate your specific needs, and make sure that your vehicle meets your situation. Just as the right equipment can help a disabled person immensely, equipment that isn’t suited their needs can be unhelpful, or even hinder their situation. That’s why NMEDA dealers are there. They can also provide additional help and training as new situations arise.
NMEDA also has a Quality Assurance Program to monitor all of its dealers. The Quality Assurance Program (QAP) is the only nationally recognized accreditation program for the Adaptive Mobility Equipment Industry. It is based on the principle that in order to satisfy customers consistently, companies must have a systematic and documented approach to quality. What this means is that your NMEDA dealer is accountable to this process. You can always be assured you are getting the best possible service, because your dealer is being held to the highest standard.
Through blogging and being a part of the “mom blogger” community, I have had the opportunity to meet (either virtually or in person) some amazing mothers who care for children with special needs, including those with mobility challenges. I know how hard it can be for me to get myself and my toddler out the door each morning; I can’t imagine the added challenge of transporting a child in a wheelchair. For these families, having a reliable vehicle adapted to fit their child makes all the difference. That’s why NMEDA is so important. I also have a family member who lives her life in a wheelchair due to suffering from polio as a child. For her, her adaptive van is a source of independence; despite her disability, she can still get around.