Improving Quality of Life for People With Disabilities

BETHPAGE — Hundreds of wheelchair-bound residents attended the fourth annual Independence and Mobility Fair on Friday, which focuses on providing a better quality of life for people who have had serious injuries or those born without the ability to walk unaided. People in attendance learned about everything from finances to functionality of the latest products designed to help individuals who are confined to wheelchairs.
Improving Quality of Life for People With Disabilities


Employment Tips and More at Independence & Mobility Fair 9-14/15

Did you know that October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month? And because of that, Bussani Mobility Team is offering a special FREE workshop to help individuals with disabilities overcome barriers in the workplace. The session will take place tomorrow, September 14 (3pm) at the “2012 Independence and Mobility Fair” (500 Central Avenue, Bethpage, NY) and will be presented by Lauren Wenzel, Coordinator of Consumer Services, of Abilities, Inc. at The Viscardi Center.

Called “A Strong Workforce is an Inclusive Workforce – Be Independent – Be Employed!” the workshop will give individuals with disabilities an overview of the educational and vocational services offered by Abilities, Inc. at The Viscardi Center. Assisting and empowering individuals to find and maintain employment, the Center’s services include diagnostic vocational evaluations, vocational training programs, case management services, supported employment, service coordination, assistive technology consultation, evaluation and training, and adaptive driver education. A variety of referral sources that may provide employment assistance, such as ACCES-VR, the Department of Labor, the Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped (CBVH), and the Veterans Administration (VA), will also be discussed.

“For too long, the disconnect between qualified workers with disabilities and the skill sets needed to continue to make America great has left millions of workers with disabilities out of the economic mainstream of life. Given the opportunity, more of our qualified Americans with disabilities could be rebuilding this country, buying homes, and fully enjoying the promises of equal opportunity, independent living, full participation, and economic self-sufficiency,” said John D. Kemp, President and CEO of The Viscardi Center.

“Next month is National Disability Employment Awareness Month and we want businesses to recognize that they have an extraordinary opportunity now to add to their talent and promotion pools, expand their customer bases and diversify their supply chains by tapping the talents and buying power of America’s 59 million people with disabilities and their families.”
Employment challenges are just one of the important topics that will be addressed at the “2012 Independence and Mobility Fair” on September 14 (10am-5pm) and September 15 (10am-4pm). FREE 45-minute workshops will run throughout the two-day event, including topics such as: accessible travel, good health and fitness, wheelchair sports, canine companions, veteran’s benefits and services, home modifications, legal and financial services. More than 30 organizations and exhibitors will be on hand. FREE wheelchair tune-ups will also be provided by certified mobility specialists. And there’s a special Kid’s Carnival Corner. The event 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.

For more info, visit “2012 Independence and Mobility Fair” or call 866-524-8267.


Accessible Voter Registration Sept 14-15 on Long Island

Who’s your pick for our next President?
Bussani Mobility Team wants to help people with physical disabilities make their voices heard. So on September 14 (10am-5pm) and September 15 (10am-4pm) at our annual “Independence and Mobility Fair,” applications for voter registration forms and absentee ballots will be available, along with information about accessible voting machines. The event will take place at Bussani Mobility, 500 Central Avenue, Bethpage, 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.

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 a 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, 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.

An accessible shuttle will run throughout the event to and from the Bethpage LIRR Station. To find out more, call 866-524-8267.