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What is NMEDA?

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NMEDA stands for National Mobility Equipment Dealer Association is an Association of Mobility Dealers, Manufacturers and Rehabilitation Professionals that advocates providing safe, reliable vehicles and modifications to enhance accessibility for all people.

NMEDA is a non-profit trade association of mobility equipment dealers, driver rehabilitation specialists, and other professionals dedicated to broadening the opportunities for people with disabilities to drive or be transported in vehicles modified with mobility equipment. All members work together to improve transportation options of people with disabilities.

NMEDA was formed originally as an association of mobility equipment dealers in the state of Florida. In 1989 membership opened on a national level and the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association was established. The organization promotes and supports individual members engaged in the modification of quality transportation for people with disabilities. Membership has grown from 15 to more than 600 members with the bulk of the membership located in the United States and Canada.

NMEDA members are required to adhere to the safety standards of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and to follow the NMEDA Guidelines. NMEDA members update the Guidelines, a living document providing detailed recommended practices on equipment installation and modifications, yearly. Every NMEDA member agrees to follow these Guidelines when they join the association.

NMEDA is striving to unify and improve the mobility equipment industry and service to people with disabilities.   Transportation is the key to freedom, NMEDA is the key to quality transportation.

You are probably asking yourself, “What does NMEDA do for me”?  NMEDA provides resources and guidelines to assist you with your mobility transportation purchase to ensure you get the right product for you.  During the buying process, dealers who are NMEDA members and/or participants of NMEDA’s QAP Program, follow and abide by detailed guidelines developed by NMEDA that assist in ensuring that the dealer provides you with a quality product, in an efficient manner, with your and other’s safety being considered.

When looking to purchase a mobility transportation solution (wheelchair van, wheelchair lift, turning seat, etc.), the first question you should ask both the manufacturer of the product and the dealers is, “Are you a NMEDA member”?  To learn more about NMEDA you can visit them at www.nmeda.org or call them at (800) 833-0427.  They can give you a list of authorized Mobility Equipment Dealers in your area.