This Small Device Could Save Your Life

The automotive experts here at Bussani Mobility Team are now offering an option for your wheelchair accessible vehicle that could save your life!
It’s called the Firetrace in-car fire suppression system. And here’s why it’s important…

Fires in vehicles present special challenges for both detection and suppression. Road grime, dirt and airflow can create unpredictable environments that can be harmful to most automatic fire suppression systems — and these threats can make it difficult to extinguish a vehicle fire.
The Firetrace system was specially designed to work inside vehicles. So, when a fire is detected, its unique polymer composite tubing bursts releasing its extinguishing agents – and the fire is suppressed much faster than it would be using manual suppression.

“No one wants to think about getting into an accident or a car fire, but sometimes these things do happen. And people with physical disabilities have added challenges to deal with when responding in these types of situations,” said Daniel Bussani, Vice President at Bussani Mobility Team. “The Firetrace system puts some of the power back in the hands of our customers. It gives them the safety of knowing that if anything would happen, they have a reliable way to help save their lives as the system automatically detects and extinguishes the fire.”

Bussani Mobility Team is the first dealer of wheelchair accessible vans in the New York area to offer the Firetrace system as an optional add-on feature. Call 866-524-8267 if you want to know more.

Prosthetic Hands Are a Game-Changer

Our dear friend, Dan Gropper, is one of the very first recipients of a brand new technology that he calls “a game changer.”

A quadruple amputee, Dan had been using a series of hooks and appliances to do things like drive and play golf. Now he’ll be able to do those things with a pair of human-like hands called Michelangelos. The prosthetic hands are made by Ottobock, a German company, and are able to mimic seven different hand motions, Dan is the first person in the world to be fitted with them. They cost $80,000 each and were covered by his insurance.
Dan controls his new hands by contracting muscles which send an electric signal that is then converted to motion. His new hands regulate pressure, which allow him to do things like eat a grape without crushing it.
Want to know more?

Click here (and scroll to the bottom of the article) to see a really inspiring video.

Come On Out and Play Wheelchair Softball with Bussani Mobility Team

It’s time to take your friends and family out to the ballgame! The Wheelchair Sports Federation and the NY Aviators will be playing at Bulova Park on Thursday, June 28 (5:30-8:30pm). Bring your glove because everyone will get a chance to play.

Bulova Park is on 25 Ave. bet. 76 St. and 77 St., East Elmhust, Queens. Parking is available behind the Bulova Building. Click HERE for directions. For more information, call Dan Tratt at 914-471-7874.

The Wheelchair Sports Federation is a national non-profit organization that provides opportunities for people with physical disabilities and wheelchair-bound adults and youth to play sports recreationally and competitively. Some adaptive sports (like Wheelchair Basketball) have been around since post-WWII, but others (like Wheelchair Football) are relatively new to the adaptive athletic population. The Wheelchair Sports Federation is one of the first organizations to provide adaptive athletes with the opportunity to participate in a variety of adaptive sports.

Thanks from Bussani Mobility Team to our friends at the Greater New York Chapter of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association for letting us know about the game. See you there…

Congrats to 3 Winners of Wheelchair Accessible Vans

The winners of the “National Mobility Awareness Month” contest have been announced — and each of them has been awarded a customized wheelchair accessible van! They are:

• Alberto Cruz (from Connecticut) – Last summer, the 15-year-old became paralyzed while surfing on Narragansett Beach, R.I. Despite grueling therapy sessions after the accident, Cruz chose to continue his schooling and remain connected with his community. This moved his teacher, Lynn Frazier, who nominated him as a Local Hero. “Heroes attract other heroes. Alberto’s courage touched something deep inside my students and their families,” said Frazier. “It planted a seed of hope in our community.”

• Ken Davert (from Michigan) – Managing his own cerebral palsy, Ken and his family are also coping with wife Missy’s and their 13-year-old twins’ (Austin and Michaela) osteogenesis imperfecta (which is a brittle bone condition). The family is active in their community from Michaela in Girl Scouts to Missy as a life-long advocate for people with disabilities.

• Ron Miner (from Illinois) – Miner is a disabled, U.S. Army veteran who was injured during active duty. After the incident, he became depressed. However, upon hearing about a wheelchair bodybuilding competition, he resolved to turn his life around. With intense training, he became a Wheelchair Bodybuilding Champion and won numerous gold medals at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Today, he is an activist for those with disabilities.

If you want to hear more about their stories, click here.
Each winner will take ownership of their vans, valued at $40,000 each, later this summer. Sponsors Toyota, SanTan Honda in Chandler, Ariz. and Chrysler came together to provide the vehicles, which will now be modified by NMEDA member manufacturers – BraunAbility and Vantage Mobility International.

This was the first year of the contest, which was sponsored by the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA). It drew in more than 1,700 entries and 1.2 million votes were cast online. The purpose was to spread the word among seniors, veterans and people with disabilities across the U.S. and Canada that a variety of mobility options are available to help them lead more independent lives.

Bussani Mobility Team wants to thank all of our customers who participated in the contest.

Inspiration at Nassau County Empire State Games!

This year’s Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged were incredibly inspiring! It’s just amazing what these kids – with the heart and courage of true athletes – can do! More than 932 athletes aged 5 to 21 registered from across the state for the May 31-June 2 event.

The Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged have taken place in Nassau County for the past 28 years. The Mitchel Field Athletic Complex and Nassau Community College are home to many of the sporting events. With much enthusiasm — and lots of playful hoops and hollers — participants competed in track and field, slalom, swimming, wheelchair basketball, table tennis, archery, and more.

John Bussani,
Bussani Mobility Team’s
Founder & President, was at the event and said: “I’ll never forget the smiles on the athletes’ faces as they crossed the finish line of the track and field events and experienced being winners at the other challenges. It’s so satisfying to be part of an event that gives these young athletes a chance to show what they’re made of and to shine.”

Victory Challenge - Bussani Mobility

At the Opening Ceremonies, sponsors and board members gathered (left to right): Dom Labin of Hofstra University and the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick; John D. Kemp Esquire President and CEO of Abilities; Michael Oliveri of NBTY; John Bussani of Bussani Mobility; John McDonough President of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick; Loraine Fruhwald of Elias Properties; Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano; Susan Gordon-Ryan Event Chairwoman; Tony Femminella Vice President of Store Operations for King Kullen; Richard V. Guardino Jr., Vice President of Business Development for Hofstra University; Dan Bussani of Bussani Mobility; and New York State Assemblyman David McDonough. (Photo by Tamborrino)This year’s Games were almost cancelled when New York State announced its plans to eliminate all funding for the event. But thanks to the dedication and generosity of businesses, schools and citizens in the local community, these very special young athletes facing a variety of physical disabilities once again gathered to test their mettle and make new friends. Everyone was a winner…Kudos to all!

If you’d like to see more news coverage of the event, check out these links:
Farmingdale Observer