This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of NMEDA. All opinions are 100% mine.
If you or someone you care for is wheelchair bound, you know the hassle of getting in and out of vehicles, particularly if you are wanting to drive and are wheelchair bound. It used to be nearly unattainable to get a wheelchair accessible van that was customized for each user’s needs, but now NMEDA has upped the industry standard for safe driving equipment for disabled people.
NMEDA does not sell anything – instead they refer you to retailers (members of their non-profit organization) who sell handicap vans and vehicle modifications for disabled people.
NMEDA also has higher-level members who adhere to the highest standard in quality they are in the Quality Assurance Program (QAP). QUP requires participating members to be inspected by an independent engineering firm to monitor quality, compliance, insurance and proper registration with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The QAP is a voluntary program and shows that a dealership is willing to go the extra mile to make quality modified vehicles.
How does the process of buying a handicap accessible van work?
Mostly because all handicap people are not the same, vans sold online may not be the best fit for you. NMEDA is a free organization to consumers that helps you find a Mobility Equipment Dealer, then helps you find a Driver Rehabilitation Specialist (DRS) who will lists the precise equipment you will need. Then you can decide on a vehicle (remember there are new and used ones so prices vary greatly), train you on your new equipment, then help you submit your Mobility Assistance Reimbursement Application to the appropriate vehicle manufacturer.
To find the closest dealer near you, go to nmeda.org and type in your zip code. When I typed mine in, a dealership in Centerville, UT pulled up. It included its address and website where you could view wheelchair accessible vans for sell or rent, and you could sell or trade up a wheelchair accessible vehicle you already owned. How far away is the closest dealer near you?