This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of NMEDA. All opinions are 100% mine.
My life changed forever when a good family friend decided to take in a foster daughter. At the time, she was 15 and had been through more pain than any child or adult should have to endure. After being severely burned in a house fire, being put in foster care, returning to her family, and being thrown from a car leaving her paralyzed from the waist down and partially deaf, she had had to endure a lot. In my time spent with her, she was constantly teaching me; making me promise to always wear my seat belt and be cautious.
When her foster family finally got a handicapped van, their lives were made so much easier. There was a wheelchair lift that allowed her to stay in her wheelchair. There were also seat belts designed to hold her wheel chair in place, requiring much less transferring and strain on her foster mother's back. She was also promised that when she received her driver's license, the van could be equipped with handicapped features in the driver's seat, allowing her a great deal more independence.
NMEDA is an association that works to provide the elderly and handicapped independence in an individual, safe vehicle. No two handicaps are the same and require specific aids to ensure optimum safety. They are nonprofit and seek to educate consumers on safe driving and equipment.
NMEDA has Dealers and Quality Assurance Program (QAP) dealers. QAP is the only nationally accepted accreditation program for this industry.
Through handicapped accesible vehicles, the lives of those who are handicapped and their caretakers can be simplified exponentially. No more heavy lifting or awkward positioning.
If you or someone you love is in need of handicapped accesible vehicles, I encourage you to head to nmeda.org where you can enter your zip code to find the closest dealer to you. I checked, and the closest to me is 26 miles away, but I am sure a trip like that would be worth it if I had the need.