3 FREE Wheelchair Accessible Vans Still Up for Grabs!

The National Mobility Awareness Month “Local Heroes” contest is well underway…and 3 FREE wheelchair accessible vans are still up for grabs!
Bussani Mobility Team is supporting a nationwide contest sponsored by the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA). They’re looking for three “Local Heroes” in North America who will receive free adapted vehicles!

Mike Savicki, who a quadriplegic triathlete and 69-time gold medalist, and is the spokesperson for National Mobility Awareness Month, said: “Sure, I knew there would be challenges after my accident, but it never stopped me from pursuing my passions, whether it was golfing, skiing, cycling or sailing. I got involved with this awareness project because I’ve been celebrating mobility for the greater part of my life and I wish the world would join me even if only for a month.”

And he had more to say about adaptive vehicles: “The first time I got behind the wheel of my new van, a feeling of liberation came over me. It was as if my disability was just stripped away. I felt free again. I could explore, travel and live on my own all over again. That van gave me mobility, it gave me the self-confidence I never thought I’d experience again.”

To enter the contest, just go to www.MobilityAwarenessMonth.com, but you only have until May 13. All you need to do is submit either a picture and written story (up to 400 words) or videotaped story (1-3 minutes long) of how you’ve overcome or are dealing with mobility issues. Then, encourage others to vote for you at the site from April 1-May 13 to help determine the winners. Remember to include code #777 (representing Bussani Mobility Team) to get five extra votes the first time each person votes. Caregivers, friends and family members are also welcome to submit entries for others.
In May, the winners of the National Mobility Awareness Month contest will receive their fantastic new vehicles on a national TV show such as “Good Morning America” or “Ellen.”

Good luck! You or someone you know could be a big winner!


Wheelchair Van Donated to Wounded Warrior at NY Auto Show

This year’s NY Auto Show at the Javits Center was as spectacular as it has always been. Some of the engineering marvels and futuristic concept cars just had to be seen to be believed! Take the Terrafugia Transition (a flying car!) or the SRT Viper (one of the world’s fastest cars with 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque).


Bussani Mobility Team was there, too, at the NMEDA (National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association) booth. Our featured products may not have been quite as fantastic and flamboyant as some of the others, but they do change people’s lives. We showcased a Braun Entervan fitted for use by people with physical disabilities – and we helped spread the word to the general population about wheelchair accessible vans and other adaptive automotive solutions that are available today.

We were also proud to take part, through the Wounded Warrior Project, in donating a wheelchair accessible van to a disabled American veteran. Corporal Christopher Melendez of New York state, who was injured in Iraq, received his new vehicle at the NY Auto Show’s opening ceremony. Kia Motors America supplied a 2012 Kia Soul hatchback, which we modified to meet his needs, including adding a steering wheel device that allows him to turn the steering wheel using one hand while maintaining complete control of the wheel and car at all times. Want to hear more about it? Click here to see an article in the Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch.


Run, Walk or Wheel Along With Us at Testaverde 5K Race!

Spring has sprung…and the races have begun!
We hope you’ll gather your friends and join us on April 22 (9am start) at the Wantagh High School for this year’s Testaverde 5K Run/Walk Race for Spinal Cord Victory.

The race course is flat, with only four turns and long straightaways – perfect for wheelchair users and able-bodied participants alike. Some 4-legged doggie companions have even joined in the fun in previous years!
Bussani Mobility Team will be right by your side, urging you on…because we’re providing the pace car van for the event. And we couldn’t be happier that many of our staff will be taking part in the run, too.

Plus there will be raffles for a flat-screen TV…and much more!
The event is being sponsored by the Testaverde Fund for Spinal Cord Injury, Inc., which raises money for spinal cord injury research and provides community outreach and educational programs. The Testaverde Fund provides help to people in the Long Island community who are newly injured and their families.


Check out these photos from previous runs and other events organized by Testaverde – like Wheels2Water surfing and rugby for people with physical disabilities! Inspiring stuff!

Sunday, April 22 at 9 am. It’ll be a good day of celebrating community and it’s a great cause that’s near and dear to all of our hearts. Hope to see you there…


New York’s Wheelchair Accessible Vans at NY International Auto Show This Week

Have you ever been to the NY Auto Show? That’s the place to be to touch, feel and explore the hottest cars and trucks ever seen under one roof! It’s always an exciting event – and you won’t believe some of the futuristic innovations that you’ll see there! This year, show management tells us there will be more sneak peeks, more brand new 2012 and 2013 production models, and more concept vehicles than ever before. And you know what else will be there? Wheelchair accessible vans!

Bussani Mobility Team will be at the NMEDA (National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association) booth – and so will a Braun Entervan fitted for use by people with physical disabilities. We’ve been at the show for the past few years. And we feel it’s a great way to spread the word to the general population about adaptive automotive solutions that are available today, including wheelchair and scooter accessible vans, hand controls, foot controls, lifts, tie-downs…and more. These are the products that can help give people with disabilities their freedom and their lives back. And that’s a message that we want everyone to hear!

Stop by to see us in the NMEDA booth at the New York International Auto Show (April 6-15 at New York City’s Jacob Javits Center).


New York's Wheelchair Accessible Vans at NY International Auto Show This Week

Have you ever been to the NY Auto Show? That’s the place to be to touch, feel and explore the hottest cars and trucks ever seen under one roof! It’s always an exciting event – and you won’t believe some of the futuristic innovations that you’ll see there! This year, show management tells us there will be more sneak peeks, more brand new 2012 and 2013 production models, and more concept vehicles than ever before. And you know what else will be there? Wheelchair accessible vans!


Bussani Mobility Team will be at the NMEDA (National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association) booth – and so will a Braun Entervan fitted for use by people with physical disabilities. We’ve been at the show for the past few years. And we feel it’s a great way to spread the word to the general population about adaptive automotive solutions that are available today, including wheelchair and scooter accessible vans, hand controls, foot controls, lifts, tie-downs…and more. These are the products that can help give people with disabilities their freedom and their lives back. And that’s a message that we want everyone to hear!

Stop by to see us in the NMEDA booth at the New York International Auto Show (April 6-15 at New York City’s Jacob Javits Center).