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VMI Joins 2013 National Mobility Awareness Month

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VMI, a leader in the manufacturing and distribution of wheelchair accessible, full-size and minivan conversions, is proud to announce its sponsorship of the 2013 National Mobility Awareness Month. Championed by the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA), the program was established to educate seniors, veterans, caregivers and people with disabilities about adaptive mobility options to enable them to live a more active and mobile lifestyle. VMI, along with SanTan Honda of Chandler, Ariz., is donating a 2013 Honda Odyssey with VMI Northstar conversion for the program’s online, Local Heroes contest.

Honda Odyssey with the VMI Northstar Conversion

Honda Odyssey with the VMI Northstar Conversion

“VMI believes strongly in supporting the ideals driving National Mobility Awareness Month,” said Doug Eaton, president of VMI. “In its first year, the campaign experienced an overwhelming response to the Local Heroes contest. People from across the U.S. and Canada shared inspiring stories of individuals triumphing over mobility challenges. Upon arriving at three finalists, we had the pleasure of awarding our 25th Anniversary Limited Edition Honda Odyssey to Ken and Missy Davert. Their family touched our VMI family and we’re honored to participate in the program again.”

Missy and her new VMI van!

Missy and her new VMI van!

The Honda Odyssey continues to be one of the most popular vehicles on the market. The 2013 Honda Odyssey with VMI Northstar conversion will be customized to the needs of the contest winner; however, the standard vehicle features are:

  • Maximum interior space for wheelchair maneuverability
  • Wider, usable accessible ramp surface with an ultra-low, 8.0 degree accessible ramp angle
  • Easily accessible interior buttons, handles and switches
  • Full use of front passenger seat
  • Sure Deploy backup system allows users to stow or deploy the mobility ramp van conversion even in the event of a power failure; a manual backup system is available for additional peace of mind

“VMI is a valued NMEDA member and we’re excited they have returned as a National Mobility Awareness Month sponsor,” said Dave Hubbard, NMEDA executive director and CEO. “With VMI’s passion for this program, it will help elevate the automotive mobility consciousness and pave the way to more active lifestyles for people with disabilities – including one lucky family who will win their Honda Odyssey conversion.”

The beautiful Davert Family with Wheelchair Van

The beautiful Davert family

“It was almost one year ago that our family entered the National Mobility Awareness Month Local Heroes contest,” said Missy Davert, inaugural winner. “In just a few short months later, we learned we won our beautiful wheelchair accessible van, which we’ve lovingly coined, ‘White Lightening.’ We’re very grateful to have received this blessing, as it has made such a positive difference in our lives. As a family of four, with three of us in wheelchairs, we can accomplish so much more in a day, so much easier and so much more comfortably than ever before.”