Thursday, February 14, 2013

The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association Annual Conference

A Review of the NMEDA Conference
By Jenny Nordine, OTR/L, CDRS

The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association annual conference was held in Daytona Beach, Florida, February 6-8.   The weather was the best it has ever been for the conference!  But we were not there for the weather….we were there for hard work and reconnecting with amazing industry leaders.

This year’s conference theme was “Step up to the Plate, Build a Winning Strategy.”    I love baseball and couldn’t wait to hear the conference keynote speaker, Jim Abbot.  His address to the conference attendees was motivational, funny, inspirational and told of his career as an All-American pitcher at Michigan, Gold medal Olympic Team member and MLB pitcher including a no hitter for the New York Yankees. 

The Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED) presented a two day workshop Introduction to Driver Rehabilitation February 5-6, 2012 with 14 attendees.  Some participants came from as far away as Japan.  Two ADED pre conference seminars included topics related to equipment fitting and working as a team with driving evaluator and modifier and the complicated task of fitting the client, the vehicle and their mobility device as related to independent mobility.  The Associate Member series was held on Wednesday and titled Development of Adaptive Equipment Training on a Driving Simulator.