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The Right Way to Shop for Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

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Finding and buying a wheelchair accessible vehicle is a process that can’t be rushed. This is a purchase that can potentially redefine your day-to- day experiences,…
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All About Lifts: How to Find the Best Option for You

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Driving around town in a wheelchair accessible vehicle custom-suited to your unique needs might seem a prize too steep to attain, but with more and more technologies…

Mobility My Way: A Planner and Pioneer of What’s Possible

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Tricia Downing is a planner. More specifically, she’s that special proactive type who always likes to look and think five steps ahead so that she will be ready…
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Tips on Choosing the Right Adaptive Vehicle Repair Shop

When your accessible vehicle needs repairing, where do you take it? After checking the warranty, take it to the place where you bought it. But if you are out of town, have moved or it’s after hours, what do you do?...

2021 Automotive Mobility Awareness Tour Kicks Off at Moss Rehabilitation Center

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When Berlin, NJ resident Julia Bonamassa took the field for her youth soccer and softball games at 10 years old, she started falling down a lot. She began having trouble running. A few months later, her identical twin sister, Jessica, started experiencing the same thing.

Accessible Minivans for Parents with Disabilities

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Being a parent is a round the clock job, with no paid vacation or sick days. After all the hours of taking care of your child, the hard work is always worth it.…
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Independence on the Road: What Equipment Do You Need?

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The summer is a great time to take a vacation and explore the open road, but it’s always necessary to keep in mind the proper equipment and adaptations to keep…
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Summer Travel Guide: Accessibility at the Beach

Beach wheelchairs offer accessibility at the beach Whether you’re lucky enough to live near the sea or need to travel across the country in order to catch some…

American Lift Aids Helps Grant Teens Wish

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NMEDA member, American Lift Aids, recently partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to help a local family gain automotive independence...
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Electronic Extensions for Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

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Electronic controls are a great option for those with limited upper extremity ability or range of motion. They are extremely flexible in terms of amount of movement…

Mobility My Way: “It’s What I Do…”

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Speaking with Charlotte’s Brian Muscarella, it’s hard to imagine that there was once a time that he was intimidated by driving with hand controls. But for those first six months after his highly rare, C7 level, spinal stroke at age 53, he certainly was. Yes, even as he was learning to do so much in life all over again, and adding the new dimension of adaptive sports, he didn’t think he could drive...

Sam Schmidt Walks Again Thanks to Exoskeleton Technology

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NMEDA friend, former IndyCar racer, Arrow McLaren SP racing team owner, and Conquer Paralysis Now founder, Sam Schmidt shatters another barrier as he walks again...
June 25, 2022

Summer-Proofing Your Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle

If you live in an area known for its seasonably high temperatures during the summer months, then you should be taking the proper precautions necessary to […]

June 6, 2022

Rule Update—Selling Non-Posted, New Conversions

The NMEDA Board of Directors recently moved to clarify QAP Rule 5.T., which establishes compliance requirements for the sale of new, personal-use conversions by QAP accredited locations…

May 22, 2022

What Makes an Accessible Nature Trail?

As the weather starts to warm up, who can resist getting outside? With virtually thousands of miles of nature trails and pathways throughout the country, there […]

May 12, 2022

Make Inoperative Exemptions Update

Recently, NHTSA added three new items to the make inoperative exemptions 49 CFR Part 595, Subpart C…

May 1, 2022

May is National Mobility Awareness Month

For the tenth year, National Mobility Awareness Month (NMAM) is set to educate and engage people with disabilities, caregivers, healthcare professionals, and industry partners to help drive change.

April 26, 2022

Is It Past Time to Have Your Van’s Lift or Ramp Serviced?

You have probably had your oil changed recently and the tires checked. And a tune-up is on the schedule. The wheelchair or scooter is ready to […]

April 4, 2022

Caregivers: Consider These 5 Things Before Buying a Mobility Vehicle

Caregivers spend an average of 20 hours per week providing care or assistance. Having an accessible vehicle can provide convenience and efficiency when caring for an […]

April 4, 2022

CAMS is Back with Record Attendance

Driver Rehabilitation Center for Excellence (DRCE) located in Chantilly, VA served as host at their facility for over 70 registered attendees.

April 1, 2022

2022 NMEDA Hall of Fame: Make Your Nominations Now

Do you know someone who has made significant contributions to the field of adaptive driving equipment and helped the establishment and growth of the automotive mobility industry? We bet you do!

March 21, 2022

New Audit Reschedule Policy

The NMEDA Board of Directors has recently approved a new policy to address QAP audit cancellations that will become effective for audits confirmed for March 28, 2022, and after…

March 18, 2022

March Manufacturer Service School a Huge Success

In a recent AARP article, NMEDA’s Amy Schoppman weighs-in as a subject matter expert on the process of purchasing a wheelchair accessible vehicle…

March 8, 2022

Mobility My Way: The Speed of Life

“If your friends don’t get you into situations where you may have to swim out of a vehicle, do you even have friends?” That’s the question Karah Behrend used to caption a June 2019 Instagram video post…