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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...
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A Guide to Mobility Vehicle Rebates

Many auto manufacturers offer rebate assistance to customers when they purchase accessibility products to enhance their vehicles. NMEDA is fortunate to be partners…

VMI Launches New All-Wheel Drive Conversion

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Vantage Mobility International (VMI) recently launched the first-ever all-wheel drive wheelchair accessible minivan. Built on the 2021 Toyota Sienna Hybrid chassis, this new conversion features a unique patented wheel well cover design that more closely resembles an unconverted vehicle...

May is National Mobility Awareness Month

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Since 2012, May has been recognized as National Mobility Awareness Month, sponsored by the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA). As an advocate for mobility and accessibility for drivers with disabilities, NMEDA and its members continue to support National Mobility Awareness Month...

Mobility My Way: The Move to a Minivan

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This story begins back in the days of car-toppers and bench seats. Remember those? Long before lowered floor minivans and ramp equipped SUVs became the norm—actually, long before minivans and SUVs were even invented—these were a few of the things disabled drivers considered when looking at vehicles to get them on the road...
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Four Ways to Customize Your Wheelchair

From helping you maneuver throughout your home to getting around town, your wheelchair goes everywhere with you, so why not use it to show off a bit about yourself.…
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Steering Aids for Different Mobility Needs

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For drivers with limited upper body strength or dexterity, steering aids can help make piloting a vehicle both easier and safer. With a number of products available…

Troubleshooting Wheelchair and Scooter Problems

Equipment failure is never a good thing but for someone who is dependent on mobility equipment to get around it can be catastrophic. Here are a few troubleshooting…
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The Importance of Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialists

From determining what type of vehicle conversions are appropriate for drivers or families with special needs to diminishing these challenges and preparing them to…
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Differences Between Service, Therapy, and Emotional Support Animals

Many times, the terms service, therapy, and emotional support are mistakenly used interchangeably to describe an animal accompanying a person with a disability.…
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Three Ways to Make a Wheelchair Accessible Van More Affordable 

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A wheelchair accessible van can provide unbelievable freedom for a person with a disability or someone caring for a loved one with mobility limitations. It’s hard…
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Tips on Properly Anchoring Wheelchairs in Mobility Vehicles

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Vehicles that are not accessible are designed with a safety bubble comprised of firmly anchored seats, seat belts and a belt restraint system to protect the upper…
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…