NMEDA. NMEDA is a non-profit trade association of mobility equipment dealers, driver rehabilitation specialists, and other professionals dedicated to broadening the opportunities for people with disabilities to drive or be transported in vehicles modified with mobility equipment. And after learning about NMEDA, you may or may not have any need for them. But imagine if you did sometime in the future. Or maybe you do have a family member who could benefit from their services now.
If you're a caregiver for someone with a disability it can be a tough job, and no two people with a disability are exactly the same. After a personalized “in-person” evaluation (beware of adapted wheelchair vehicles sold over the Internet or through catalogs), you can be sure you are getting the right driving solution customized to your specific lifestyle and needs. And if you need additional training or product refinements, your NMEDA dealer is there to help you.
NMEDA does not sell anything. NMEDA is the only association that promotes safe driving and equipment for disabled people. They are non-profit and their members are required to adhere to the safety standards of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. NMEDA dealers, the members, are the ones who sell handicap vans and vehicle modifications for disabled people. You can read more about the entire purchase process on their site.
Quality Assurance Program (QAP) is the only nationally recognized accreditation program for the Adaptive Mobility Equipment Industry. It is based on the principle that in order to satisfy customers consistently, companies must have a systematic and documented approach to quality.
You can locate a qualified NMEDA dealer right from their website, either by State or Zip Code, and you'll be able to see whether they're also a QAP dealer. I was unaware that there are actually several around the area here in Michigan. You can also stay connected with NMEDA on Twitter and Facebook.