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NMEDA Announces New Vehicle Winners for the Second Annual Mobility Awareness Month Campaign

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TAMPA, Fla.--June 7, 2013: The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) today announced the three winners of the 2013 National Mobility Awareness Month campaign. The National Mobility Awareness Month movement educates seniors, veterans, caregivers, and people with disabilities about wheelchair accessible vehicles and adaptive mobility equipment options available to them to live an active and mobile lifestyle.

“It has been another great year for Mobility Awareness Month”

NMEDA is once again awarding three deserving "Local Heroes" with a wheelchair accessible vehicle tailored to meet their needs through an online contest. Sponsors, Chrysler Automobility, SanTan Honda and Toyota Mobility, are providing the vehicles, which will be customized by NMEDA manufacturers --BraunAbility and Vantage Mobility International (VMI).

This year's winners are:

  • Abigail Carter from Lexington, KY
  • Jeff Scott from Victoria, BC
  • Steve Herbst from Palatine, IL

To qualify as a "Local Hero", entrants submitted either written or videotaped stories of how they are triumphing over their mobility issues through their academic and career ambitions, as well as their family and local community contributions. Caregivers, friends, and family members were also welcomed to submit entries. Submissions were made at MobilityAwarenessMonth.

"It has been another great year for Mobility Awareness Month," said Dave Hubbard, executive director and CEO of NMEDA. "We made more than 1.2 billion impressions through the media and social media engagements throughout the campaign and hope that we've helped those in need of mobility solutions find necessary resources. We are equally excited about the 1,225 people entered into the Local Heroes campaign and look forward to how their lives are changed and specifically those of our three winners."

About National Mobility Awareness Month

National Mobility Awareness Month is the annual celebration that encourages seniors, veterans, caregivers and people with disabilities to enjoy active, mobile lifestyles. Founded in 1989 as a not-for-profit trade association, the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) supports the awareness month with the assistance of approximately 600 mobility equipment dealers, manufacturers and driver rehabilitation specialists located in the United States and Canada dedicated to expanding opportunities for people with disabilities. For updates, please visit MobilityAwarenessMonth , as well as Facebook, Twitter (@NMEDAcom) and Pinterest.