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Thankfully, she came across with a non-profit trade association, the NMEDA dealers. She hit the dealer locator provided in their website, typed her city on a specific box, and was glad to find many listings of Mobility Equipment Dealers in their area.
With a comprehensive research, she found out National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association is an internationally known organization committed to ensuring quality and professionalism in the manufacturing and installation of safe and reliable transportation equipment for people with disabilities. Their members consist of dealers, manufacturers, therapists, driver rehabilitation specialists, rehabilitation engineers, automotive engineers and many other types of industry-related professionals.
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 (members) are the ones who sell handicap vans and vehicle modifications for disabled people.
NMEDA also have its Quality Assurance Program (QAP) dealers. The 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. The program was developed to elevate the level of dealer performance to reliably meet consumers' transportation needs in the safest manner possible.
She was informed against adapted wheelchair vehicles sold over the Internet or through catalogs. So without further delay, she visited an NMEDA dealer herself. The services, products and trainings were clearly discussed to her.
Now, she is enjoying with NMEDA dealers. They helped his father get back onto the road of independence and gave him a trouble free transportation.