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Inaugural National Mobility Awareness Month Commences in May Saluting the More than 18 Million with Disabilities
Date:5/3/2012

TAMPA, Fla., May 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Supported by the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA), the inaugural National Mobility Awareness Month commences this month to educate seniors, veterans, caregivers and people with disabilities about the many wheelchair accessible vehicles and adaptive mobility equipment options available for living an active and mobile lifestyle. Celebrating across the United States and Canada, the awareness month raises some important facts:

  • More than 18 million people in the U.S. and Canada have mobility issues; six million of those are veterans.
  • The number of veterans with disabilities has jumped 25 percent since 2001.
  • People with disabilities constitute the second largest minority group in the U.S.
  • According to a Harris Poll, just under a third of people with disabilities reported inadequate transportation was a problem; of those individuals, over half said it was a major problem.

"The statistics are clear," said Dave Hubbard, executive director and CEO for NMEDA. "The disability community deserves recognition for their contributions, and awareness is needed about the variety of mobility options available to them so they may continue to lead active lifestyles. NMEDA and its membership are advocates for the industry providing personalized products; ethical business practices; and unwavering service excellence prior to and after a purchase – all backed by NMEDA's Quality Assurance Program."

An online program was also created to award three individuals who are triumphing over their disabilities with wheelchair accessible vehicles. Toyota, SanTan Honda and

SOURCE National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association
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