My grandma Vera, God rest her soul, suffered a debilitating stroke. It left her her paralyzed on one side in her later years. She was an amazing women, and it was hard watching her struggle with tasks those without disabilities can easily accomplish. I am pleased to find out, there is a non-profit trade association out there that can help the elderly and disabled make important decisions. You can find this association online at NMEDA. You can also locate a dealer near you, by going to their homepage and simply entering your zip code.
So what is NMEDA you ask, well they don't sell anything, what they do is help the elderly and disabled consumers make educated decisions on their purchases of handicap vans and needed vehicle modifications. They are the only association that promotes safe driving and equipment for the disabled. They put you in touch with certified dealers, helping the elderly and disabled get back on the road to independence. These dealers are held to strict safety guidelines, and are made to adhere to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. They also have a Quality Assurance Program (QAP). This in the only nationally recognized accreditation program for the Adaptive Mobility Equipment Industry. Their main focus is customer service, having a systematic and documented approach to quality.
NMEDA wants you to be aware that no two people with a disability are exactly the same. That's why you should be leery of adapted wheelchair vehicles sold over the Internet and in catalogs. NMEDA can help consumers find equipment that has been made to fit their own personal needs after a personalized "in person" evaluation. It doesn't stop there, you can count on them to give you the training, and any additional equipment refinements needed, to provide you the best solution for your driving and lifestyle needs.
I found out that my closest dealer is in Chico California, where is yours? Head to NMEDA to find out, and let me know in a comment below. Let's help the disabled and elderly get back on the road to independence.