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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...
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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…
September 25, 2021

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

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 […]

September 23, 2021

QAPx Is Live—Are You Signed Up?

QAPx, the long-awaited digital solution for the administration of QAP, is now live. Each dealer location is now able to sign up for its preferred onboarding month via the NMEDA Member Portal. Signups will be limited to 30 locations per month, with dealers able to choose from October, November, December, and January…

September 23, 2021

Registration Open for the Fall Manufacturer Service School (MSS)

We are excited to announce that registration is now open for the Fall Manufacturer Service School (MSS) being held November 8-10, 2021 at Q’STRAINT in sunny Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

September 13, 2021

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?…

August 23, 2021

2021 Automotive Mobility Awareness Tour Kicks Off at Moss Rehabilitation Center

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.

August 9, 2021

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, […]

July 26, 2021

Independence on the Road: What Equipment Do You Need?

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 […]

July 15, 2021

NMEDA Dues Renewals to Arrive Electronically

As you are well aware, late last year NMEDA implemented a new Association Management System (AMS), more commonly known to you, our members, as the Member Portal. One goal of implementing this new system was to provide an upgraded and more “self-service” platform for our members…

July 12, 2021

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 […]

July 8, 2021

A Sneak Peek at QAPx

It’s getting close! QAPx, the web-based application that will allow members to administer QAP digitally, is almost here. Have a look at this introductory video for a brief preview of what’s coming…

July 1, 2021

Fall Manufacturer Service School: Nov 8-10, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

NMEDA is so excited to announce the dates for our upcoming Manufacturer Service School (MSS) hosted by Q’STRAINT. This three-day training event is a convenient and cost-effective way for technicians to become certified by multiple manufacturers…

June 24, 2021

Conference Preview: The Low-Hanging Fruit of Digital Marketing

What’s that? You’re not registered for the 2021 NMEDA Annual Conference? What are you waiting for? If you’re waiting to learn more about our dealer learning sessions, check out this video message from Dave Lemmon…