This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of NMEDA. All opinions are 100% mine.
We are aware that it is quite hard nowadays to find safe driving equipment for disabled people. Cost is expected to be expensive that makes it to a person not to acquire one. So sad that those disabled people who should feel comfortable tend to suffer because of the equipment that are almost out of reach.
Fortunately, there is this non-profit trade association in the name of NMEDA who educates consumers on purchasing products from a NMEDA qualified dealer, NMEDA does not sell anything, it is the only association that promotes self driving and equipment for disabled people. Members of this association are required to adhere to the safety standards of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. NMEDA dealers or members are the ones who sell handicap vans and vehicle modification for disabled people.
This is also what I am trying to convey about these equipment. My disability is not the same as yours and nor with the others, and the safe driving and equipment that is suitable for one may not be suitable to the other, thus, it is very important that we are well-informed before buying self driving equipments like wheelchairs. There are many adapted wheelchairs sold over the internet or the catalog, beware. You should not buy one right away. You wouldn’t want to suffer because of buying the unsuitable wheelchair do you? And this is why a disabled person should have a personalized “in-person” evaluation so you can be sure you are getting the right driving solutions, fit for your needs and lifestyle.
Not only that NMEDA has dealers it also has Quality Assurance Dealers (QAP) – it is the only nationally recognized accreditation program for the Adaptive Mobility Equipment Industry. They follow the principle that in order to consistently satisfy the customers, like in any other entities, companies must have a systematic and documented approach to quality. Quality is important for us customers.
Wearing the shoe of a caregiver, isn’t it hard to perform their job and take care of the elderly or disabled people if the equipment or wheelchairs they are using aren’t fit for them? I am not saying anything against being a caregiver or an elderly or a disabled, for me and in my opinion, we all have the right to freedom, independence, comfortable living, we all have the right to enjoy the beauty outside our rooms, so might as well buy the ones that will let you do those.
You may wanna check NMEDA website, type in your zip code and see if there are available dealers near you.