VMI to Deliver Free Wheelchair Accessible Van to Oakland-Area Resident

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Jan 7, 2016 – Vantage Mobility International (VMI), a leader in the manufacture and distribution of wheelchair accessible vehicles, and the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA), will deliver a free 2015 Honda Odyssey with the VMI Northstarwheel chair ramp conversion to Oakland-area resident, Cynthia Noonan. The presentation will take place on Thurs., Jan., 14, 2016, at 11:15 a.m. at the Mobility Works dealership located at 1822 Embarcadero in Oakland, Calif. Noonan is a Local Heroes Winner of the 2015 National Mobility Awareness Month contest.

“Everyone at VMI is honored to be a part of NMEDA’s National Mobility Awareness Month,” said Doug Eaton, president of VMI. “This annual contest recognizes home town heroes who are making a difference in their local communities. This year, we’ll present the keys to a new Honda Odyssey with our VMI Northstar conversion to Cynthia Noonan, an inspiring woman who is creating wonderful activities for people with all types of disabilities.”

In 2007, Cynthia Noonan was affected by the onset of Transverse Myelitis, a rare autoimmune disease that made her a C5 quadriplegic. Noonan worked at the ALS association prior to her diagnosis, which inspired her to get involved in the local community. Cynthia now serves as a board member for the Bay Area Outreach and Recreational Program where she provides sports, recreational and outdoor activities to people of all ages with all types of physical disabilities.

“Cynthia is a shining example of what the Local Heroes program is about,” said Dave Hubbard, NMEDA CEO. “We’re excited to not only help her personally, but also help her continue the outstanding work she does to support others with physical disabilities. Of course, none of this would be possible without the support of outstanding of organizations like Vantage Mobility International. We greatly appreciate their continued partnership.”

The popular 2015 Honda Odyssey Northstar power conversion will be awarded to Noonan during a ceremony with friends, family and colleagues in attendance at local mobility dealer, Mobility Works, in Oakland, Calif. Media who are interested in attending can schedule interviews by contacting Penny Malone at 1-855-348-8267.


Vantage Mobility International (VMI) is a leading manufacturer of wheelchair accessible vehicles built on Toyota, Honda, Chrysler and Dodge minivans. It has advanced the mobility industry for 30 years with a robust portfolio of power and manual ramp conversions, platform lifts and transfer seats. VMI is based in Phoenix, Arizona where its manufacturing facility utilizes Six Sigma techniques to employ continuous process improvements and deliver high quality products for personal use and commercial applications. For additional information, contact VMI at 888-348-8267 or visit http://www.vmivans.com.

NMEDA is a non-profit trade association of mobility equipment dealers, driver rehabilitation specialists, and other professionals dedicated to broadening the opportunities for people with disabilities to drive or be transported in vehicles modified with mobility equipment. All members work together to improve transportation options of people with disabilities. To learn more about NMEDA you can visit them at www.nmeda.org or call them at (800) 833-0427.