Monday, September 19, 2011

Disabilities

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of NMEDA. All opinions are 100% mine.

My thoughts have been a little heavy lately about those with disabilities, specifically the men and women injured in war. As I've mentioned before I live in a building with a lot of recently injured veterans while they are being treated at a military hospital nearby. With the recent 10 year mark of 9-11-01 I think it really hit home how lucky we are to be with those we love and how thankful I am for those serving our country and their sacrifices.

One aspect of our close living proximity I haven't discussed is their vehicles and modes of transportation. I am so impressed with the vehicles available these days for amputees and those with severe limb injuries. I don't know specifically where they get their cars and vans but I imagine NMEDA is somehow involved. NMEDA is a non-profit that educates consumers on buying products from a NMEDA qualified dealer. So they basically help you through the process of buying a very expensive, but amazingly necessary vehicle that is designed for you to use, whatever your handicap may be.

I know those who are suddenly disabled have a lot to deal with and I imagine getting a vehicle they can operate is a very important thing. So, if there is someone there to help, I imagine it would help tremendously. NMEDA takes it a step further by offering access to dealers and Quality Assurance Program Dealers. This gives them the only nationally recognized accreditation program for the Adaptive Mobility Equipment Industry. That's huge. I think it would be a lot less stressful if you knew someone was looking out for the quality of the dealer you're working with.

Just to see how many dealers there were I went to nmeda.org and typed in my zip code to see where the nearest dealers were. Although I live in a large city I was impressed to find one 7 miles from my house.

Although I can only imagine what my neighbor veterans and their families are going through, I am glad there are organizations like NMEDA to help them out.

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