WEST ORANGE, New Jersey (April 2, 2015) – National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) in concert with Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation will host a New Jersey “Demo Day” to kickoff National Mobility Awareness Month. Wheelchair accessible vehicles that can be adapted to the needs of individuals with disabilities offer independence and will be featured at this free event, which is being held on Thursday, April 9, from10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, 1199 Pleasant Valley Way in West Orange, NJ.

Kessler’s Certified Rehabilitation Driver Specialists (CDRS), occupational and physical therapists, and local NMEDA dealers will be on hand to discuss a wide range of mobility solutions.  Persons with disabilities along with family, friends, caregivers, medical professionals and community members are encouraged to attend.  Refreshments will be served.  More than six million people across the U.S. and Canada, including one in five seniors, have mobility issues.

Individuals with disabilities are also invited to participate in the national Local Heroes Contest in which four wheelchair accessible vehicles will be given away by NMEDA to a deserving Local Hero or Hero’s family or caregiver. To learn more about the Local Heroes contest and National Mobility Awareness Month, visit www.mobilityawarenessmonth.com

The event is being held outdoors and will showcase real mobility solutions including wheelchair accessible vehicles from NMEDA members, Brunswick Mobility Professionals, Bussani Mobility, MobilityWorks, Fun Truck’n Mobility and Drive-Master Mobility.  Only NMEDA members offer Quality Assurance Program (QAP) accredited technicians.

About National Mobility Awareness Month: May is National Mobility Awareness Month and is the annual celebration that encourages seniors, veterans, caregivers and people with disabilities to enjoy active, mobile lifestyles. Founded in 1989 as a not-for-profit trade association, the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) supports the awareness month with the assistance of approximately 600 mobility equipment dealers, manufacturers and driver rehabilitation specialists located in the United States and Canada dedicated to expanding opportunities for people with disabilities. For updates, please visit MobilityAwarenessMonth.com, as well as Facebook, Twitter (@NMEDAcom) and Pinterest.

About Kessler Institute:  Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation is nationally recognized for the treatment and research of both spinal cord and brain injuries and also leads the field in stroke, neurorehabilitation, amputation, orthopedic and cardiac recovery.  Ranked as the top rehabilitation hospital in the greater New York/New Jersey region and #2 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Kessler has three hospital campuses in West Orange, Saddle Brook and Chester, N.J., and more than 85 outpatient centers throughout the state.  For more information, visit www.kessler-rehab.com.

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