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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…
December 20, 2021

Welcome to QAP Bulletins

This is something new from NMEDA, it’s called a “QAP Bulletin” and we intend to send these out to all listed QAP contacts when we have pertinent information about the program that we want to share with you…

December 14, 2021

2021 NMEDA Annual Conference:
January 15-17, 2022

The long-awaited 2021 NMEDA Annual Conference is just weeks away and there is still time for you to join us!

December 13, 2021

Winter Driving Tips

Although winter is traditionally known as a time to cozy up to warm fires and spend time with family and good friends, it can also bring […]

December 9, 2021

2021 Automotive Mobility Awareness Tour: Texas Rehabilitation Hospital

On Tuesday, NMEDA Director of Partner Relations, Trevor Jennings, joined United Spinal Association for another stop on our Auto Motive Mobility Awareness Tour…

December 2, 2021

A Conference Message from Nick Gutwein

Nick Gutwein, Chairman of the Board at BraunAbility and NMEDA Annual Conference Day Two General Session Keynote Speaker, has a special conference message he’d like to share with you…

November 22, 2021

Mobility My Way: He’s a Car Guy (In a Car Family)

Chris Malcom’s three (plus) decades on the road. By Mike Savicki Georgia’s Chris Malcom is a car guy. Always has been. The older the cars are, […]

November 18, 2021

Manufacturer Service School Returns

It’s been some time, but NMEDA was able to resume the ever-popular Manufacturer Service School (MSS) last week, with a total of 33 technicians in attendance. Q’STRAINT graciously opened their doors and hosted the successful three-day event at their state-of-the-art, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida headquarters…

November 11, 2021

New BraunAbility Partnership

NuVinAir Global recently announced a new partnership with BraunAbility. According to the announcement, NuVinAir offers a suite of patented and proprietary products that safely and effectively create healthy vehicle interiors…

November 8, 2021

The Right Way to Shop for Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

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, […]

November 4, 2021

2021 Automotive Mobility Awareness Tour Continues

Last week, NMEDA’s Director of Government Relations, Amy Schoppman, led our third Automotive Mobility Awareness Tour stop at Northridge Rehabilitation Hospital in California…

October 28, 2021

Roads to Success: Collaborating with Automotive Mobility Dealers

Earlier this year, Danny Langfield, NMEDA CEO, sat down and spoke with Laurie Watanabe of Mobility Management…

October 22, 2021

NEW DATES: January 15-17, 2022
NMEDA Annual Conference

Due to concerns for the health and safety of our attendees, speakers, exhibitors, and guests, the ADED and NMEDA boards of directors moved on September 14 to reschedule the ADED & NMEDA Conferences and Auto Mobility Expo to January 15-17, 2022 in Columbus, Ohio.