vmiVantage Mobility International (VMI), headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz, recently announced it will be among the sponsors of the May 2013 National Mobility Awareness Month. A VMI news release reports that the program was facilitated by the National Mobility Equipment Dealers (NMEDA) and intended to educate older adults, veterans, caregivers, and individuals with disabilities about the adaptive mobility options available to them to live a more active and mobile lifestyle.

The release notes that VMI and SanTan Honda of Chandler will be donating a 2013 Honda Odyssey with VMI Northstar conversion for the National Mobility Awareness Month’s online, Local Heroes contest.

The vehicle’s standard features are reported to include easily accessible interior buttons, handles, and switches, a wider, usable accessible ramp surface with a 8.0 degree accessible ramp angle, and a Sure Deploy backup system engineered to allow users to stow or deploy the mobility ramp conversion in the event of a power failure.

Doug Eaton, president, VMI, emphasizes the company’s strong desire to support National Mobility Awareness Month, which in its first year, “experienced an overwhelming response to the Local Heroes contents. People from across the US and Canada shared inspiring stories of individuals triumphing over mobility challenges,” Eaton says.

Eaton adds that the company awarded its 25th Anniversary Limited Edition Honda Odyssey to Ken Davert and Missy Davert, (pictured above right with Monique McGivney, director of corporate communications, VMI) one of three finalists to receive vehicle conversions through the 2012 Local Heroes contest.

Dave Hubbard, executive director, CEO, NMEDA, calls VMI a valued NMEDA member, adding that, “we’re excited they have returned as a National Mobility Awareness Month sponsor. With VMI’s passion for this program, it will help elevate the automotive mobility consciousness and pave the way to more active lifestyles for people with disabilities, including one lucky family who will win their Honda Odyssey conversion,” Hubbard says.

For more information about the National Mobility Awareness Month and the Local Heroes contest, click here.

Source: VMI