This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of NMEDA. All opinions are 100% mine.Do you or someone you know have issues with mobility and driving? Although this isn't an issue for me, I'd still be interested in knowing what kind of options are available to me or my loved ones in case something does happen down the line. The NMEDA (National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association) is a non-profit trade association that aims to assist consumers in purchasing the appropriate mobility products from NMEDA qualified dealers and help them gain greater independence by improving their transportation options.
The NMEDA works in conjunction with dealers and Quality Assurance Program (QAP) dealers. Dealers sell handicap vans and vehicle modifications designed for the disabled. The Quality Assurance Program (QAP) is an accreditation program for the Adaptive Mobility Equipment Industry. QAP designation indicates that a dealer has met certain recommendations and upheld high quality standards (which you can see outlines on the NMEDA website here).
Due to the popularity of the internet, some people are opting to purchase adapted wheelchair vehicles online (or via catalog)- these sellers may be unable to help you fit your needs accurately. In contrast, brick and mortor NMEDA dealers help you find the products that work for you in person . Since each each disability is unique, you may need help finding the appropriate vehicle for your specific needs or help you modifiy a product to fit those needs.
NMEDA offers a handy dealer locator (via zip code) on their homepage. I found 2 dealers in my county, are there any in yours?