Groups to feature new vehicles and equipment during the automotive mobility awareness tour

TAMPA, FL. (April 30, 2019) – With National Mobility Awareness Month kicking off May 1, two of the leaders in providing independence for individuals with disabilities are launching the Automotive Mobility Awareness Tour.

The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) and United Spinal Association are partnering to bring awareness to all the ways hospital administrators, case managers, occupational and physical therapists, automotive mobility dealers and manufacturers are working to improve the lives of their clients.

Starting in Chicago at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, the tour includes stops in San Diego, Houston, Atlanta, and West Orange, New Jersey.

“Our automotive mobility dealers across North America feature the latest innovations in wheelchair-accessible vehicles and equipment necessary to greatly increase independence,” said Danny Langfield, CEO, National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association. “We are looking forward to showcasing our local dealers and the future of mobility solutions across the country.”

At each event, vehicle dealers from that market will have new wheelchair-accessible vehicles on display, along with other features unique to each event, such as educational training sessions and an ice cream sundae bar.

In addition, United Spinal Association will be showcasing its efforts to assist the 17,730 Americans who experience spinal cord trauma each year.

“Our organization specializes in improving the lives of individuals after a spinal cord injury,” said James Weisman, President & CEO, United Spinal Association. “We’re thankful for organizations like NMEDA and the local facilities to partner with us in bringing this information to the public.”

The tour stop details are as follows: 

  • Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Chicago May 1
  • Sharp Memorial Hospital, San Diego June 4
  • TIRR Kirby Glen Outpatient Facility, Houston June 5
  • TIRR Hospital, Houston June 6
  • Shepherd Center, Atlanta June 19
  • Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, New Jersey October 30

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For more information, please contact Alan Byrd, 407-415-8470, alan.byrd@evokad.com

About the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association:Founded in 1989 as a non-profit trade association, the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) supports more than 600 mobility equipment dealers, manufacturers and driver rehabilitation specialists in the United States and Canada dedicated to expanding opportunities for people with disabilities. NMEDA is the sponsor of National Mobility Awareness Month, the annual celebration that encourages seniors, veterans, caregivers and people with disabilities to enjoy active, mobile lifestyles. For more information on NMEDA, please visit NMEDA.com, as well as Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter.

About United Spinal Association: Formed in 1946 by paralyzed veterans, United Spinal is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for all Americans with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D), including multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, ALS and post-polio. Membership is free and open to all individuals with SCI/D, with over 53,000 members across 50 chapters nationwide. Known for its revolutionary advocacy efforts, United Spinal played a significant role in writing the Americans with Disabilities Act, provided important contributions to the Fair Housing Amendments Act and the Air Carrier Access Act, and was instrumental in attaining sidewalk curb ramps and accessible public transportation in New York City, which created the standard accessibility model used in many United States cities. For more information on United Spinal Association, please visit UnitedSpinal.org.

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