This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of NMEDA. All opinions are 100% mine.
Disabilities can happen to anyone. They aren't something that you can plan for and they can present a number of challenges to families. You have physical difficulties to deal with. You may have modifications that need to be done to your home. It can be emotionally exhausting to deal with the pain of a family member who is encountering this. One challenge that people might not consider is that of transportation for their disabled loved one. NMEDA is able to help with that need.
Sometimes the challenge isn't a disability at all, but may be as simple as a family member who has aged and is no longer able to drive their vehicle in without modifications. They may be wheelchair bound or have another issue that compromises their ability to drive without assistance. Again, NMEDA has the tools available to help them lead a full, active life.
NMEDA is a non-profit trade organization that educates consumers on purchasing equipment from a qualified NMEDA dealer. NMEDA itself does not sell anything. They help families get in touch with NMEDA dealers who are required to adhere to the safety standards of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NMEDA dealers will help you find a safe handicap van or help you make vehicle modifications for your disabled family member.
Because no two people are the same and no two disabilities are the same, it's beneficial to have an in-person evaluation of your needs. NMEDA dealers are able to help you find what the best driving solution is for your family. If you find that you need help with equipment that you have purchased from an NMEDA dealer, they offer training and can help you with any further refinement that may be necessary. You can go to the NMEDA website to find an NMEDA dealer near you.
In addition to NMEDA dealers, they also have a Quality Assurance Program (QAP) dealers. The Quality Assurance Program is the only nationally recognized accreditation program for the Adaptive Equipment Mobility Industry. Dealers who have been through the QAP will have a special badge by their name on the website and you can know that they are held to the highest standard to meet your performance and safety needs. This includes having a certified welders if they need to perform structural modification on a vehicle, 24-hour service to their customers, and records of all adaptive work. They also have an annual audit performed by a third party to make sure that they are in compliance to the NMEDA Guidelines, certain aspects of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) and "Make Inoperative" mandates.
In order to find out if there is a NMEDA dealer in your area, simply go to the NMEDA homepage and type in your zip code and it will give you a list of dealers who are ready to help you with your mobility and transportation needs. I was able to find four QAP NMEDA dealer within 100 miles of my home. Feel free to leave me a comment and let me know where the closest NMEDA dealer is to you.
Disabilities can be difficult on family members. NMEDA can help make that burden a little bit lighter.