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NMEDA Conference – Feb 4-6, 2009

Posted in: News & Press

In February, I will be attending the NMEDA conference in Daytona Beach, FL.  It is the annual conference for members of NMEDA, National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association.  NMEDA is a non-profit trade association of mobility equipment dealers, driver rehabilitation specialists, and other professionals dedicated to broadeni...

Abilities Expos – New Venues for ’09

Posted in: News & Press

I attended my first Abilities Expo in 2005 in Northern California, which used to be one of their larger expos.  I was just starting out at VMI and getting my feet wet with this industry, so I found the expo to be a invaluble experience.  Here we are, three years later, and I vow to never miss another Abilities Expo. The Abi...

To Parents of Children who have Special Needs

I just spent a week back in wonderful Rhode Island visiting my family and friends.  These visits home are always filled with emotion, joy, fun and most of all reflection.  When you only see your parents once a year, it is strange to see how much they've aged.  I often wonder how much longer we will be blessed to have parents ...

Abilties Expo – What an Experience!

Posted in: News & Press

On three occasions this year, I had the pleasure of attending the Abilities Expos.   The first was in Edison, NJ, second was in Anaheim, CA and last month I was in Minn, MN.   It is such a great expo for people with disabilites because it's almost a "one stop shop".  There are many Mobility Equipment Dealers and multiple ...

VMI Introduces the Honda Odyssey with the Summit Fold-Out Ramp

Posted in: News & Press

Phoenix, AZ – August 2008 – VMI is beginning sales of the Honda Odyssey Summit with a fold-out wheelchair ramp. The company has completed all design, engineering and validation processes for the Honda Odyssey, which is their latest lowered-floor, side-entry minivan conversion. VMI has more than 150 authorized dealers who ...

Do You Know Someone Like Grace?

Posted in: Meet Our Customers

It's going to be difficult to write this post because there are so many things to write about, so many emotions, so many stories and countless lives affected, all because of Grace. Grace has Rett Syndrome. If you are like most of us, you don't know what Rett Syndrome is and have never heard of it. Unfortunately, all of us who kn...

VMI’s Recent Donation to the Sam Schmidt Organization

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I recently had the pleasure of meeting Sam Schmidt, who in 2000 was injured in an Indy Racing League (IRL) practice round.  Sam was diagnosed as a quadriplegic; the result of a severe injury to his spinal cord at the C-3/C-4 levels.  I flew to Indianapolis to present him with a wheelchair accessible Honda Odyssey that VMI conv...