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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...

BraunAbility Releases All-New Hybrid WAV

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BraunAbility recently announced the release of their all-new 2021 Toyota Sienna Hybrid. According to the press release, the hybrid wheelchair accessible vehicle achieves 36 miles-per-gallon combined fuel efficiency, and prioritizes space and maximum maneuverability for wheelchair users...
November 21, 2022

The Gift of Access: Looking into an Accessible Minivan During the Holidays

From easing holiday travel to setting the stage for a fulfilling and mobile new year, adding a wheelchair accessible vehicle to your life can transform your […]

October 22, 2022

Is Your Vehicle Ready for the Winter Cold Spells Ahead?

Frigid temperatures not only slow us down, but can also slow our van and accessible equipment. For example, if you use a hydraulic wheelchair lift, you […]

October 21, 2022

Save the Date! 2023 NMEDA Annual Conference (plus 2022 Conference Photos)

Join us for the 2023 NMEDA Annual Conference in Kansas City, Missouri!

October 1, 2022

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and NMEDA encourages our members to participate in educating their communities…

September 12, 2022

Tips on Camping for Those with Disabilities

If you’re an outdoor kind of person, don’t let a disability stop you from enjoying Mother Nature, discovering travel in a whole new light or vacationing […]

August 25, 2022

Partner Webinar Success: Muscular Dystrophy Association

Recently, NMEDA was fortunate to host a webinar for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. MDA members, who consist of physicians, allied healthcare professionals, caretakers…

August 11, 2022

New Three-Year Strategic Plan Released

If you’ve been following the storyline of the 2022-2025 Strategic Plan, you know it all began in April, when the NMEDA Board of Directors…

August 11, 2022

BraunAbility and Purdue University Earn 1st Place in DOT’s Inclusive Design Challenge

The USDOT awarded the $1 million first prize from the Inclusive Design Challenge on July 26, the 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act…

August 9, 2022

Mobility My Way: A Life of Adventure, A Lifetime of Passion

“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…

August 4, 2022

Sad News from Capitol Hill

NMEDA is saddened to share that Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, lead sponsor of the Veterans Mobility Safety Act (VMSA) of 2015 and NMEDA friend, was tragically killed in an automobile accident on Wednesday, August 3…

July 28, 2022

Summer CAMS Events Shine

Superior Van & Mobility was the most recent mobility dealer to host to two successful Comprehensive Automotive Mobility Solutions (CAMS) events last month…

July 26, 2022

Acceleration and Braking: Unlock Comfort and Control in Your Accessible Vehicle

From hand controls, steering aids, to extension levers, adaptive equipment can transform the way you drive, keeping you safe and in control behind the wheel. What […]