2-Day Super Sale: $1,000 Off New Wheelchair Accessible Vans in NY Metro Area

Are you or is someone you know in the market for a new or pre-owned accessible van? Good news…
Bussani Mobility Team
is holding a two-day super sale offering $1,000 off any new
wheelchair accessible van in the NY
area or $500 off any pre-owned vehicle that’s purchased at its annual “
2012 Independence and Mobility Fair
.” The event will take place at the company’s 500 Central Avenue, Bethpage, NY facility on Friday,
September 14
from 10am-5pm and on Saturday,
September 15
from 10am-4pm.
Wheelchair Accessible Vans in NY
The fair attracts hundreds of people living with physical disabilities, their friends and families to learn about all types of accessibility products and services to help them be more independent and make their lives easier. Along with the vans, more than 30 organizations and exhibitors will be on hand with displays of home modifications, wheelchairs, scooters, lifts, adaptive equipment and services, and so much more. On Saturday, the young people will enjoy the Kid’s Carnival Corner with wheelchair accessible games, crafts, balloon animals, face painting, and even a red carpet fashion show. And there will be fabulous food, valet parking, and raffles with great prizes.


FREE 45-minute accessibility workshops will run throughout the two-day event. Some of the topics will include: accessible travel, good health and fitness, wheelchair sports, canine companions, veteran’s benefits and services, home modifications, legal and financial services, and since October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, vocational training and employment tips.

FREE wheelchair tune-ups will also be provided by certified mobility specialists. Plus attendees can register to vote and learn how to use accessible voting machines.

An accessible shuttle will run throughout the event to and from the Bethpage LIRR Station. To find out more, call 866-524-8267 or click on
2012 Independence and Mobility Fair
.


UP, UP AND AWAY…YOU CAN FLY! October 13-14

Have you ever imagined how incredible it would be to fly a plane? Freedom’s Wings International can make that dream come true! It’s a non-profit organization that provides the opportunity for people with disabilities to fly in specially adapted sailplanes. This is just so cool! Not to be missed if you or someone you know is looking for an end-of-the-summer adventure.
Freedom’s Wings
On Saturday, October 13th, and Sunday, October 14th, Freedom’s Wings will offer

free
introductory rides to individuals with disabilities. (Rain dates are October 20-21). The event will be hosted by the Adirondack Soaring Club at Saratoga County Airport in Ballston Spa, New York (www.adirondacksoaring.com). And, there will be a cookout Saturday afternoon for all participants and their families.

If you’re interested, call 1-800-382-1197 to reserve a time slot for a 20-minute ride. The number of flights is limited so call now if you want to experience the thrill of soaring flight.

Check out the pictures and comments from last year’s participants at
www.freedomswings.org
.


Come to Long Island’s 2012 Independence & Mobility Fair!

Do you have a red marker? Go ahead, open your calendar and put a big circle around the dates of September 14-15. Because that’s when Bussani Mobility Team will be hosting our annual “Independence and Mobility Fair”!

Hundreds of people living with physical disabilities, their friends and families will gather at this action-packed event to learn about all types of accessibility products and services to help make their lives easier…and more fun!

Featuring over 30 organizations, exhibitors and vendors will be on hand with displays of home modifications, wheelchairs, scooters, lifts, adaptive equipment and services, and so much more…including a Kid’s Carnival Corner with wheelchair accessible games, crafts, balloon animals, face painting, and even a red carpet fashion show. There will be fabulous food, valet parking, and raffles with great prizes.

Visitors to the fair can explore the largest fleet of wheelchair accessible vans in NY and adaptive driving equipment, with the Bussani Mobility Team offering $1,000 OFF ANY NEW VAN OR $500 OFF A PRE-OWNED VAN purchased at the event.

FREE 45-minute accessibility workshops will run throughout the two-day event. Some of the topics will include: accessible travel, good health and fitness, canine companions, veteran’s benefits and services, home modifications, legal and financial services, wheelchair sports, and since October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, vocational training and employment tips.

FREE wheelchair tune-ups will also be provided by certified mobility specialists. Plus attendees can register to vote and learn how to use accessible voting machines.

“Our accessibility fair has been a tradition at Bussani Mobility Team for many years now, and we always have a great turnout,” said Daniel Bussani, Vice President at Bussani Mobility Team. “We look forward to getting together with our customers, so many of whom have become lifelong friends. We’re happy to be able to provide a fun atmosphere where people with physical disabilities can come to socialize and discover new resources to give them the ability to live and travel with freedom and independence.”

The “2012 Independence & Mobility Fair” will take place on Friday, September 14 from 10am-5pm and on Saturday, September 15 from 10am-4pm at Bussani Mobility Team (500 Central Avenue, Bethpage, NY). An accessible shuttle will run throughout the event to and from the Bethpage LIRR Station. To find out more, call 866-524-8267.


Handicapped Access – It’s the Law!

by guest blogger Dean Pelton
Did you know that it’s the law in New York (and many other states) for commercial and residential properties to provide access for people with physical disabilities? That includes apartment buildings, supermarkets, shops, movie theaters, restaurants, etc. – just about any place you can think of going.

More and more laws are being passed to support us in our daily lives, but usually it’s a real fight to get people to comply. That’s what happened when I asked the condo board of the apartment building where I live to make the building accessible; and when I requested that my gym put in a chairlift at the pool and an accessible toilet and shower. But I fought and I won…and I want you to know you can do the same thing!

It always amazes me that business owners don’t want to provide handicapped access. “No, no, no, no, no” was all I heard. They said it would detract from the appeal of the apartment building and they made other mean-spirited comments. But now, when real estate brokers show apartments here, they feature the accessibility.

What you need to know is that in New York, the legal system is complaint-driven, so someone has to start legal action (file a complaint) before they’re forced to comply. And most people are afraid to do that. My battles took four years and it was an arduous process. But it was worth it and it really increased the quality of my life.

The Human Rights Commission in New York is a great resource to help. They’re a real gem. You call them up and tell them your problem, and they get right on it. They’re lovely people, but when serving as an advocate for you they’re like bulldogs. It makes their day when they’ve helped to convert a place that was inaccessible to one that’s accessible. And it doesn’t cost anything to get their help.

The more people that step up and force the issue for accessibility, the better off it will be for all of us. If you have a situation that’s unacceptable, don’t be afraid to take it on with the help of the Human Rights Commission. They’re great advocates who will help carry the weight and get it done. The only way to get anywhere in life is to face our fears and push through them. And remember that the law is on your side.