With the holidays only a few short weeks away, it’s time to get plans for family visits and end of year trips finalized before the busy season is in full swing. Traveling with a disability that requires mobility equipment can quickly become a stressful task if proper accommodations have not been made in advance. Preparing ahead of time can save you some headaches when it is time to board your plane. Here are some things to keep in mind when planning your upcoming vacations
Steering Aids: Which to Choose?
Choosing the right steering aid for handicap accessible vehicles can make a driver’s experience behind the wheel safer and more comfortable. For those living with disabilities, these modifications may mean transferring control from one part of the body to another or reducing the effort required to maneuver the vehicle. With a number of different options available, NMEDA can help you find the steering aid that suits your every need.
If you’ve always dreamed of getting behind the wheel of a truck, there has never been a better time to do so. Wheelchair accessible vehicles now come in pickup trucks that can give you the independence you desire while also allowing you to grow or maintain your adventurous lifestyle. With the ability to tow and transport boats, campers and other gear, a truck can not only be an exciting addition to your life, but can also multitask as your family’s primary mode of transportation. Here are a few things to consider if you are thinking about purchasing an accessible pickup truck.
1. Locate a Mobility Equipment Dealer.
A specialized Mobility Equipment Dealer will be able to provide you with information you may need regarding purchasing handicap accessible vehicles. From going over available options to financing, this should be the first stop in your journey. Trained staff can help match you find the perfect car or van. NMEDA member dealers are experts in their fields and are required to meet Quality Assurance Program (QAP) standards in order to operate, meaning they are qualified to provide you with the most accurate and beneficial information. Locate a dealer near you to begin the search for your ideal vehicle.
Accessible Road Trip Tips
Road trips can be some of the most exciting experiences to share with family and friends. They are often more economical than long distance flights and allow you to see more of your surroundings than a bird’s eye view has to offer. In modified or wheelchair accessible vehicles, road trips can be shared with those living with a disability. Here are some tips to make your next road trip a smooth transition into vacation mode:
Wheelchair lifts make life simpler for someone confined to a wheelchair. Without a lift, the person that is confined to a wheelchair would not have access to many different places. There are several selections of different types of lifts and where these lifts can be installed depending upon the need of the disabled person.
National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association, better known as NMEDA, was formed locally in Florida to help bring about awareness for the quality and safety of mobility equipment for the disabled. We became a national association in 1989. They strive for everyone working together and promoting the quality and safety of the equipment used by the physically handicapped. Our members must follow all of the safety guidelines that are mandated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
When choosing a handicapped vehicle, the lift is a vital part of your choice. Finding a NMEDA dealer where the trained sales representative can help you choose which lift will best suit your needs is the best place to start. The type of vehicle you have chosen and whether you will be a passenger or the driver will play an important role in your decision. If you have chosen the standard van, you can have a lift installed on the back, at the passenger side door or at the driver door. If you are going to be the driver of this vehicle, of course, you will want a lift installed by the driver door. You might also want one installed in another location in case someone else will be driving on occasion.
There are different wheelchair lifts for you to choose. The most inexpensive is the ramp. It is used sometimes on smaller vehicles. The other is the platform lift. The platform lifts come with single and dual arms. These platform lifts are powered and operated with controls by the wheelchair user to raise the lift up and down. The dual arm platform lifts are large in size and can handle a weight limit of up to around 800 pounds. The single arm lift is smaller and takes up less room, but with only one arm cannot handle the weight limit that the two arm lift can. As one of the guidelines mandated by the National Highway Safety Administration, the lifts must have a lock on them when lifting a person in a wheelchair. This keeps the wheelchair from rolling off the lift platform. Most of them have an alarm that sounds if the procedure is not being done properly.
Lifts can also be used for the purpose of getting someone up on the porch of a building, or to lift the wheelchair over another form of barrier. With the strict guidelines that are set forth by NMEDA and your NMEDA dealer’s personal service to ensure your lift will meet your needs, you can safely and confidently enjoy the use of your wheelchair lifts.
Handicap accessible vehicles are a vital part of living for someone with a physical handicap who has to use a wheelchair. It helps to increase their mobility and their freedom. If there was no way safely to transport the person in a wheelchair, then the individual who is handicapped would probably be stranded at home all the time. For a long time, the handicap van was the only way to transport the wheel chair.
With today’s technology and the help of groups like NMEDA, handicap accessible vehicles have come a long way. NMEDA stands for National Mobility Equipment Dealer’s Association. NMEDA is a not for profit trade association of mobility equipment dealers, manufacturers, driver rehabilitation specialists and other professionals. NMEDA is dedicated to the ability and safety for people with disabilities to drive or be transported in vehicles modified with mobility equipment. All of our members work together improving the transportation options for people with disabilities.
As a group, we offer additional educational training to help to ensure current knowledge of the mobility equipment. One of the courses we offer online is the NMEDA Certification Program. This program is for our members only and for service department technicians. This program is intended to standardize technical competency for the automotive mobility industry. This certification is very important; it proves your abilities and shows that you are one of the best in the business. These credentials are recognized throughout NMEDA’s membership. Becoming a member requires some steps from those applying. They must fill out the application, complete the classes, and pass the test with at least an 80%. This certification will have to be renewed every two years.
We also offer a Dealer Sales Training Online Course. This course is for anyone working in the fields of mobility equipment sales, service and support. This is to ensure that all the staff dealing in the sales, service and support of the mobility equipment has the general knowledge of the working equipment and its safety. This program is also designed so that the sales staff will be able to help the customers to make the right choices when it comes to the equipment that they need.
When you are looking to purchase a handicap vehicle, check for the nearest NMEDA dealer in your area. Make sure you tell the trained salesperson what you are looking for. Also be sure to tell him all of your driving needs. The sales person is trained to know how to guide you to choose what equipment will best suit your needs. Some dealers will have a variety of new and used vehicles. It will depend on your needs and you financial situation, which way you will want to go.
Knowing if the handicapped person will be driving the vehicle or just a passenger in the vehicle will make a big difference in what options the vehicle will need to be equipped. If the handicapped person will be driving the vehicle, there is a good chance that the vehicle will have to be equipped with hand controls for steering and working the gas and brakes. There are a lot of choices to make when choosing the right handicap accessible vehicles.
Handicap vans started out being the only means of transportation that was available to transport a person in a wheelchair. The mobility of a disabled person is a very important part of their lives. That person needs to be able to go to their medical appointments, shopping and just get away from the house for a bit. Socializing is also very important for their mental health. It would not be good to be trapped inside their home all of the time. As the awareness of the disabled person began to grow, luckily so did technology. Different ideas were evolving in the transportation of the handicapped person.
A group in Florida formed an association of mobility equipment dealers. Our group was formed to help to make the transportation of the handicap more safe and comfortable. In the beginning, there were no regulations for the safe transport of a wheel chair. In 1989, we opened our membership up on a national level which resulted in the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association or NMEDA, being established. Our organization promotes and supports individual members who are involved in the modification of quality transportation for people with disabilities. Our membership has now grown to more than 600 members with the majority of the members located in the United States and Canada.
NMEDA is a non-profit organization made up of mobility equipment manufacturers, driver rehabilitation specialists, dealers and other professionals involved in improving the lives of people with disabilities. Our members of this group must follow the guidelines set forth by the safety standard of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, The Transport Canada, F/CMVSS and the NMEDA guidelines. Our members are also required to follow the guidelines of the Quality Assurance Program or QAP. This is an accreditation that promotes and ensures the quality, reliability and safety in the industry for mobility equipment. NMEDA’s goal is to strive to improve the mobility equipment industry and to service the people with disabilities.
Our goal is to make awareness of the safety and comfort of the modifications of the handicap vans and mobility equipment used for the handicapped. Safely being able to transport your loved one in a vehicle to get them to the doctor or a family outing should be a major priority. As with everything, there are guidelines to insure the safety of the disabled person.
Taking your mother out to go shopping will help her to keep her independence and self-worth. Being able to include her on a trip or outing to the park with the family for a picnic makes her feel like she is still part of the family unit. If it were not for the means of transportation for the handicapped, she would be left behind at home while the rest of the family did their outing, leaving her behind. This would not be good for her mental health and would make her more than likely depressed. Many families today are very thankful for the wonderful invention of the handicap vans.
The industry of wheelchair accessible vehicles has grown tremendously in the past several years. The changes have been made possible because of heightened awareness of people with disabilities and the continuing growth of technology. One of the biggest changes is in the type of vehicle that can be modified to wheelchair use. At one point, only vans were used. The wheelchair passenger was able only to ride in the back of the van as a passenger.
For a wheelchair handicapped person to be able to drive was not even a thought. With the changes that have evolved in today’s society, a person in a wheelchair, if their disabilities will allow, can drive their own vehicle. They can even have a choice of what type of vehicle that they drive. They can choose from certain cars, trucks, sports utility vehicles and of course a variety of vans. These options can now be considered with the comfort and safety of all involved. This change has been made possible with the help of a nationwide group called NMEDA.
NMEDA is a non-profit organization that works together with the mobility equipment industry to promote safety and well-being of the wheelchair handicapped individual. NMEDA stands for National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association. Our group strives to promote safety and guidelines for the making, selling and service of mobility equipment. Our members are required to adhere to the strict guidelines designed to help regulate the safety of people with disabilities.
When choosing wheelchair accessible vehicles, to ensure the disabled individual’s safety, find a NMEDA dealership in the area. They are specially trained to help people choose the right equipment to suit their needs. When choosing the vehicle, a very important consideration is who the driver will be. Should the answer be that the disabled person will be the driver, there are several options that one will need to considered. Will that individual need hand controls for the gas and brakes? Will that individual need a special grip for the steering wheel? NMEDA dealers will make sure that these questions and considerations are tailored to the disabled individual’s needs.
Your first step is to get an assessment from your physician, physical therapist and your Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist. Then choose your equipment dealer. Remember NMEDA dealers are trained in quality and safety. The dealer will offer an individual in person evaluation with you to make sure that you are selecting the proper equipment to suit your needs.
You will need to choose what type of seating that you want. If you can transfer from your wheelchair to a regular seat, you can choose an adjustable seat that can even swivel to make your transfer even easier. If you are going to drive from your wheelchair, a removable seat will be the best choice. What type of restraints do you need? Will you have someone all the time to help you or will you be driving solo? If you are driving solo, then the electric restraints would be the wisest choice. This is where a device is installed on the bottom of your wheelchair and on the floor of the vehicle. When the wheelchair is in place, the device will automatically lock. Also make sure you have seat belts even when driving from a wheelchair. You will still need to buckle yourself in. These are just a couple of choices that your NMEDA dealer salesperson can help you decide when you have chosen to purchase wheelchair accessible vehicles.
Mobility equipment has improved the lives of many people. It has helped many people with physical disabilities to become mobile again. This equipment can range anywhere between something as simple as a cane, a wheelchair to equipment installed on a vehicle such as a lift or hand controls. It will depend on the person with disabilities as to what type of equipment that they will require to help them to become mobile.
When looking to purchase mobility equipment, check with your local NMEDA dealers. These dealers have had special training with handicapped equipment.
When looking for a new wheelchair, there is a lot of research to read. What type of wheelchair will work best for you? Will you be indoors or outdoors? Will you want an electric chair or one to be pushed?
NMEDA is an organization that helped to bring handicap safety standards to a new height in the public eye. NMEDA stands for National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association. Our group was originally formed locally in Florida and then went to a national level in 1989. We now have over 600 members mainly from Canada and the United States. Our members are trained and required to follow the safety guidelines in the manufacturing, selling and servicing of handicap equipment. They are also required to follow the guidelines and safety standards set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and QAP.
QAP stands for Quality Assurance Program and is the only one of its kind for the mobility equipment industry. It is a well-known accreditation program for the mobility equipment industry. The program was developed to promote reliability, safety and quality within the industry. QAP sets the highest standards for vehicle modifications and the mobility equipment industry.
We strive to unify and improve the industry to better service people with disabilities. Transportation is vital to the freedom and mental health of a person with disabilities. Our industry is ever changing. To stay current with changes and to promote the safety guidelines of our customers, we offer a variety of training that has to be renewed every two years. Handicap safety and comfort are our number one priority.
When a person becomes handicapped and needs to change their entire lifestyle, it is extremely hard on them. Our NMEDA goal is to help to make this transition as easy on this person as possible. With all of our members across the United States and Canada, it should be easier for you to find a NMEDA member in the equipment industry. It will give you the peace of mind that this dealer has had special training in helping you to make an educated decision on the equipment that will work best for you. The trained specialist will be able to explain some of the differences between the options you have to choose. Also, you will know that when choosing a NMEDA dealer, that the mobility equipment you purchase was developed and installed with your safety and comfort in mind.