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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

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

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

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

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...
March 5, 2022

NMEDA Resources Featured in AARP Article

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 3, 2022

QAP Guidelines Now Online, Indexed, & Searchable

Several months ago, we shared the indexed version of the QAP Rules with promise that a similar format was coming for the Guidelines, well, it’s here!

March 2, 2022

NMEDA Needs You! Volunteer for a Committee

Have you been thinking of a way to get a little more involved with your trade association? Well, we have the answer for you—join a committee!

February 24, 2022

Welcome to the NMEDA Hall of Fame!

NMEDA would like to send a big “Congratulations!” and recognize the inductees to the 2021 NMEDA Hall of Fame…

February 21, 2022

Play from your Chair: Sports that Don’t Require Adaptive Equipment

Staying fit with wheelchair sports Wheelchair sports have seen a surge in popularity over the past decade. From Olympic competitions to locally organized events, more athletes […]

February 3, 2022

2021 Conference Education Presentations Available for Download

Thanks again to all who were able to attend the 2021 Annual Conference last month. If you’re looking to apply the tips and strategies shared during our education sessions but need a refresher, you can now download the presentations…

January 25, 2022

That’s a Wrap: 2021 Annual Conference & Auto Mobility Expo

Well, the “Mojo of the Colo” sure had a lot of fight because despite the forces against us the first-ever co-located conferences of NMEDA and ADED was a success! Columbus was full of surprises…

January 24, 2022

Wheelchair Accessibility Modification for Homes

For those living with disabilities, the way you get around isn’t the only aspect of your lifestyle. There are also adjustments to your home life that […]

January 11, 2022

Looking Back, Moving Forward…Remembering David Parton

So, I find myself in a unique place where I must serve an interim role, acting as a bridge, if you will, between an outgoing and incoming President.  Typically, I serve as the VP, according to the bylaws, “to support and serve as an Officer of the Board of Directors, perform other duties as may be assigned…but, in the absence of the President…the Vice President shall perform the duties of the President.” As you have certainly heard, David Parton, Canada President, tragically passed away…

January 10, 2022

Wheelchair Carriers: What Type is Right for You?

For individuals with disabilities, having access to a handicap accessible vehicle can be life changing and the key to gaining independence. However, purchasing a new or […]

December 24, 2021

Last Stop on the 2021 Automotive Mobility Awareness Tour

The 2021 Automotive Mobility Awareness Tour wrapped up last week with Director of Government Relations, Amy Schoppman, joining our tour partner United Spinal Association at MedStar National Rehab Hospital in Washington, DC… 

December 23, 2021

Happy Holidays from NMEDA

NMEDA wishes everyone Happy Holidays and a safe and healthy new year! Check out our video greeting with a special holiday version of This or That.