This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of NMEDA. All opinions are 100% mine.
Nowadays, people with disabilities or handicaps can be seen everywhere. Be it in shopping malls, groceries, restaurants, cinemas or even in the beach. Long gone are the days when they would just stay at home, either too shy to be seen in public, or they have already accepted that all is lost even their independence to do things on their own. The latter, usually is the reason why disabled or handicapped people and even the elderly, feel that there is no hope and they will be forever tied to one place, their home.
Wheel chairs has been around for decades, but the usual problem is transporting a “wheeled person” from one place to another. It’s hard for families or caregivers to assist a handicapped person into the chair, more so when lifting power chairs or scooters into a vehicle. A job of a caregiver is hard enough taking care of a dependent patient, much more wheeling and lifting.
But all of that has changed. There is an association called NMEDA. It’s a non-profit trade organization, campaigning to educate possible consumers to buy and use products only from NMEDA approved and eligible dealers. This organization does not sell any products but merely promoting all about “safe driving” and the proper equipments that disabled people should use. These dealers which are also members of NMEDA, handles the selling of vehicles and equipments. Both NMEDA and dealers (members) are required to follow and abide the safety standards set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This will help improve the quality of mobility equipments thus better servicing people with disabilities.
The association is aware that there are mobility equipments sold over the internet and/or catalogs. If you buy without making a feel of your desired equipment, there may be possibilities that it would not suit you or is incompatible with what you have in mind and what you truly need.
The buyer also has to consider the quality, reliability and safety of these mobilized equipments. With these in mind, NMEDA dealers must adhere to the requirements of the Quality Assurance Program (QAP), which is the only accreditation program involved with mobility equipments.
NMEDA highly suggests for a “personalized evaluation”, specifically customized for one’s needs and based on the lifestyle. These are important factors that should not be ignored. NMEDA has mobility equipment dealers which could help assess what is the specific equipment for each person with disabilities and which one would make you more independent as there are no two disabled person who requires or needs exactly the same thing.
To find the nearest dealer in your area, visit NMEDA and search for a dealer. Just key in your zip code or select your state. When you have found one , please do give us some feedback and don’t hesitate to give a comment. We would like to hear how NMEDA has helped you.