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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…
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The Ins and Outs of Roadside Assistance

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When your vehicle dies on the road or you have a flat tire or dead battery, you need help, especially if you are a person with disabilities. Thank goodness for roadside…
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Winter Maintenance for Your Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV)

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With the winter months here, it’s important to make sure your adaptive vehicle is in good shape to maximize protection and prevent breakdowns brought on by cold…
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Gift Ideas for Seniors & People with Disabilities

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It's the season of giving and we're here to help you with some gift ideas for seniors or people with disabilities. Technological advances allow for new and improved…
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Mobility My Way: The World Can Wait

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By Mike Savicki Back in the early 2000s, Arizona’s Loren Worthington made a decision to see the world. And why shouldn’t he? The Army brat who was born in…
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Teens with Disabilities: Learning to Drive A Handicap Accessible Vehicle

The majority of teenagers will assert that learning to drive not only makes for an exciting experience but also marks a very important moment in life – moving…
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Mobility My Way: A Heart of Gold!

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By Mike Savicki Bob Lujano’s journey from Texas to Alabama, Athens and Beyond There is a scene in the Academy-Award nominated documentary, Murberball,…
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Finding the NMEDA Dealer Who’s Right for You

When you are in the market for a handicap accessible vehicle, the mobility dealership you choose can make the transaction easy going or a challenge. Considering…
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Get Physical with Adaptive Exercise and Equipment

  Exercising and maintaining a fitness routine has been proven beneficial in ways extending beyond improving one’s physical health. Basic physical fitness…
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Mobility My Way: It’s the Journey that Matters

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Sitting in front of the home computer screen, Army veteran Tim Kelly glides through Google Earth image views and bookmarks the National Parks, historical places…
June 24, 2021

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…

June 21, 2021

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 […]

June 14, 2021

Coming to Columbus? Book Your Hotel NOW

The countdown is officially on as we enter double-digits for days until the NMEDA Annual Conference and Auto Mobility Expo! That’s right, there are only 95 days until the top auto mobility players will gather in Columbus, Ohio.

June 7, 2021

Mobility My Way: “It’s What I Do…”

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…

June 4, 2021

BraunAbility and Q’STRAINT Announce Transformative Mobility Venture

Today, BraunAbility and Q’STRAINT announced a new venture to accelerate innovation in the auto mobility industry. According to the press release, one significant opportunity of the venture will be greater integration of the design process with significant potential for enhanced safety, quality, and reliability for the disability community…

June 4, 2021

Sam Schmidt Walks Again Thanks to Exoskeleton Technology

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…

May 28, 2021

United Access Honored with PVA Corporate Patriot Award

The Paralyzed Veterans of America recently recognized United Access and the Karyn and Richard May Foundation as the recipients of the 2021 PVA Corporate Patriot Award…

May 28, 2021

BraunAbility Releases All-New Hybrid WAV

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…

May 24, 2021

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 with some of […]

May 20, 2021

VMI Launches New All-Wheel Drive Conversion

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 13, 2021

Superior Van Aids Family in Returning Act of Kindness

People who were strangers just months ago are now calling each other family after what started as an act of kindness from one man came full circle when he least expected it.

May 13, 2021

Global Chip Shortage: What Can the Auto Mobility Industry Expect?

As we all know a global chip shortage is impacting production lines in many industries, most notably (and close to home) the automobile industry. Below please see the corporate statements from BraunAbility and Vantage Mobility International regarding how this shortage is impacting the auto mobility industry.