PRESS RELEASE – Bussani Mobility To Present Wheelchair Accessible Van Donation At 2013 Independence & Mobility Fair

Click Here to see a video presentation about the 2012 Van Donation Program and Recipient

For Immediate Release: September 26, 2013

Free vehicle will be donated to worthy recipient for second year to alleviate hardship.

(Bethpage, NY) – On Saturday, September 28th 2013, as part of the 2013 Independence & Mobility Fair, the Bussani Mobility Team will once again present a free, wheelchair accessible van to a worthy recipient who is experiencing an urgent need for mobility that is all too common for people living with disabilities.  The first donation of this type by Bussani Mobility was made during the 2012 Independence & Mobility Fair in September 2012 and the presentation of this year’s van will continue the Bussani Mobility tradition of working to help the community they serve.

The tradition, which was started at the 2012 Independence and Mobility Fair, had its true start in 2011 when Bussani Mobility was approached by Howard Thompson of New York’s WPIX News segment “Help Me Howard” in regards to helping a New Jersey family whose accessible van was stolen.  The family, whose 4-year-old daughter suffered from the terminal illness spinal muscular atrophy, was unable to purchase a replacement van and Bussani Mobility came to the rescue to provide a replacement van at no cost.

“After our experience helping out with the New Jersey family, we realized that this didn’t have to be a one-time donation.  We wanted to give back to the community that has embraced us and that comes to us for all of their mobility needs,” said Daniel Bussani, Vice President at Bussani Mobility Team.  “So starting last year we solicited recommendations of worthy families in the area and we were able to help out another family who was struggling to lead a normal life while dealing with the burden of a disability.”

2012’s recipient of the Van Donation program, Claudia Zavatsky of Melville, NY, was overjoyed at receiving the donation as she was struggling to transport her son Alex who was suffering with Cerebral Palsy as he grew older.  “Prior to receiving the van, I struggled to transport Alex to and from school and other destinations as I was using my car which required me to lift him from his wheelchair into the car and load the wheelchair in the trunk.  When Bussani Mobility presented me with the van it was the miracle I was hoping for.  In the days that followed the presentation I was hit with new challenges including the sudden death of my brother and the devastation that so many in our area had to deal with because of Superstorm Sandy.  Having the van during those exceptionally trying times was truly a blessing and I will always love the Bussani Mobility Team for their generosity.

Dan Bussani added that the 2013 Van Donation presentation will take place on the second day of the annual Bussani Independence & Mobility Fair at their Bethpage headquarters.  “I invite everyone in the area who is living with a disability or who has a family member or friend who is living with a disability to attend this free community event, especially on Saturday September 28th when we will present this year’s van donation at 2PM.”

Bussani Mobility Team ( is a leading provider of automotive mobility products and services for people with disabilities. The company helps people with disabilities regain the freedom and independence to go where they want to go and do what they want to do. Established in 1974 with headquarters in Bethpage, NY, and with additional offices in Smithtown and Mamaroneck, Bussani Mobility Team is a market leader in the Tri-State (NY, NJ, CT) area. The company’s team of experts offers: a complete line of wheelchair vans and mobility equipment from top manufacturers available for purchase or rental, a full-service automotive shop, 24-hour emergency service, special financing options, insurance services, educational opportunities, and in-store consultants who are dedicated to meeting their customers’ every need with a highly personal touch.

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2013 Independence & Mobility Fair Spotlight – 2 Workshops that define Independence

Each year at our Independence & Mobility Fair we offer a slate of free workshops to educate attendees on developments in technology and new services that will help them to become truly independent.  Independence means freedom and two types of freedom are financial freedom and the freedom to travel and get around.  These two areas are the focus of two of our free workshops.

The first workshop, being held on Friday September 27th from 3-3:45PM is the “Adaptive Driving – Comprehensive Automotive Mobility Solutions” is being presented by our friends at Abilities, Inc.  this workshop will provide an overview of the innovative adaptive driving equipment available to assist people with disabilities. It will cover the clinical evaluation process designed to assess the potential of people with disabilities to drive and adaptive teaching methodologies available to operate specially modified vehicles and the Adaptive Driver Education Program. 

Presenting the workshop will be a Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist Ed Colverd of Abilities, Inc. who said, “The Adapted Driver Education Program at Abilities, Inc. helps people with disabilities and aging issues realize their goals by helping them to function more easily and with a greater amount of independence.”  Colverd added that he hopes that the workshop and the information he presents will encourage more people to take the program at The Viscardi Center and take the step toward greater independence.

The second workshop, being held on Saturday September 28th from 12-12:45PM is “Financial Planning – Protecting Assets while Maximizing Benefits”.  This class will cover legal and financial matters affecting people with disabilities and their families.  “Understanding and navigating “the system” can be challenging when dealing with government benefits, including SSI/SSDI, Medicare and Medicaid,” said workshop presenter Andrew M. Cohen, Esq.  You will learn about steps you can take to protect your assets including, creating Life Care Plans, Letters of Intent and Guardianship and the use of Supplemental Needs Trusts.  People who attended the August Mobility Club meeting covering Working with Disabilities (you can watch the videos of that event here) were introduced to many of these topics and this workshop will serve as an excellent introduction to the topic and a valuable follow up to the August Mobility Club presentation.

Attendees should be sure to pick up a schedule when they arrive so they can be sure to attend these and the other exciting workshops that will be occurring during the 2013 Independence & Mobility Fair.