Thursday, May 20, 2010

NMEDA continues growth as mobility issues amplify

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of NMEDA. All opinions are 100% mine.


Buying a wheelchair van is a major investment and there is no room for error. NMEDA (National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association) 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.

Apart from a home, a personal vehicle is probably the biggest investment that most individuals make. To protect this investment and have a safe vehicle, look for the NMEDA Quality Assurance Program (QAP) designation in a dealer. Each NMEDA/QAP Dealer member is able to assist consumers in selecting the right modification that is needed. After the sale, consumers can depend on the NMEDA member dealer for expert installation and service of the equipment to keep the consumer mobile.

The Quality Assurance Program (QAP) is a nationally recognized accreditation program for the mobility equipment industry. The program was developed to promote quality, safety, and reliability within the industry. The QAP is the only program of this type developed for the mobility equipment industry. A QAP designation enhances vehicle modification and mobility equipment installation in a manner consistent with the highest guidelines established in the industry.

An accredited NMEDA dealer is one that chooses to participate in the QAP and that is inspected by an independent, third party for compliance with NMEDA guidelines and for review of training, insurance, welding certificates, and record keeping. The QAP designation binds modifiers to guidelines codified in Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, in-house crash testing programs, and proven shop practices that assure the highest level of performance safety.

I believe that it’s important to visit a qualified professional mobility dealer when shopping for wheelchair vans or wheelchair lifts to ensure that the equipment you are investing in is customized properly for your specific needs and lifestyle.

However, even with this wealth of information available, it’s difficult to know if a product such as a customized wheelchair van will work for you before you’ve physically tried it out. Visiting a qualified dealer allows you that "in-person" experience, and in addition, a dealer can also help you find available financing options and any additional adaptive equipment that may be necessary. That’s why I encourage you to visit a local retailer and learn about your options, rather than buying equipment sight-unseen online or from unknown third party resellers. You can easily find a dealer near you by visiting NMEDA homepage, hit the dealers locator and type in your ZIP code... Voila!

I hope that you can feel the support and effort that I am trying to put into maintaining excellence in the industry while researching and purchasing your mobility equipment!

Visit my sponsor: NMEDA