That fresh new car smell is in the air as Spring ushers in auto shows all over the world, and Canada is no exception. The 2012 Canadian International Auto Show at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre’s two buildings opened Feb. 17 and runs through Feb. 26.

Both are filled with manufacturers exhibiting shiny new cars and the latest equipment—some aimed at those with mobility challenges. The 2 buildings are joined by walkways and escalators with free shuttles running every few minutes between the buildings, including a wheelchair-accessible one.

Purchase tickets at www.AutoShow.ca or in person at the convention ($20 for adults and $7 for children aged 7 to 12.) A support person accompanying a paid person with disabilities is admitted free; go to the show office north MTCC, room 201.

For more information, call 416-585-3607.

Tips on auto shows

Most shows have ticket discounts for children, senior citizens and the military.

Most auto shows are not targeted to people with disabilities, but have booths with products specifically aimed at those with mobility challenges. Phone ahead for an updated list of exhibitors. Ask if there are any NMEDA members with a booth.

Look for a show near you from among the ones below. (Or Google your state + “auto show.”

March 16-18 South Texas Motorcycle Show
Displays of motorcycles with appearances by the personalities who ride them and trade stands selling motorcycles and related items.
Venue: Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, Texas

Phone 210-832-8444

March 23-25 Virginia Motor Trend International Auto Show
A mega show of automobiles.
Venue: Greater Richmond Convention Center, Richmond, Michigan

Phone 323-216-7557

March 30-Apr. 1 International Auto Show-Hawaii
Venue: Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu, Hawaii

Phone 808-943-3500

March 21-25 DFW Auto Show in Dallas

More than half a million square feet of new cars, trucks and SUVs

Venue: Dallas Convention Center.

Phone 214-637-0531 or 855-339-6232

Apr. 13-15 International Auto Show-New Mexico
Venue: Albuquerque Convention Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Phone 505-768-4575

 

The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) is an advocate for mobility and accessibility for drivers with disabilities. If you need help with converting or buying a handicap accessible car, truck or van, please consider one of our mobility equipment dealers

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