Many years ago, a dear friend of the family became disabled. Since being bound to a wheelchair, I watched her struggle many days and nights trying to complete everyday tasks. Daily activities that we take for granted she found quite difficult, like reaching to get dishes from the cabinet, cooking, driving, getting in and out of cars etc. If only NMEDA.org was around to make her life easier. You see, NMEDA.org is a non-profit organization that educates consumers about buying products from a NMEDA dealer. This organization does not sell anything! However, it does promote safe driving and safe equipment for disabled citizens. Members are required to follow all safety standards of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. NMEDA dealers (members) sell handicapped vans and modification vehicles for the disabled. NMEDA is an important organization because it reveals the truth about certain dealers, who classify disabled as a "one size fits all". This is certainly not true. Just because a person is in a wheelchair, doesn't mean that all equipment should be the same height and width. There needs to be an evaluation and refinements to cater to individual preferences. NMEDA also offers training or product refinement for additional support. In addition, caregivers might find it useful to visit
NMEDA has Dealers and Quality Assurance Programs (QAP dealers). The QAP is the only nationally recognized accreditation program for the Adaptive Mobility Equipment Industry. What that means is that it is based on the principle that to satisfy customers consistently, companies must have a systematic and documented approach to quality. They care for your safety and want to assure that you can operate the equipment properly without any problems. NMEDA can assist the elderly and the disabled to drive with confidence and independence. Simply, visit NMEDA.org, type your zip code to see if their is a dealer near you. If you are disabled or know someone who is disabled, please visit the site and let me know your closest qualified dealer. You are truly doing a diservice if you don't share this with a loved one who needs help. Help them find freedom again!