6 Great Holiday Gift Ideas for People With Physical Disabilities

The holiday season is quickly approaching. That means it’s time again to start thinking about what gifts you’ll give to those “special someones” in your life. If you have someone on your list who’s living with a physical disability, here are a few great gift ideas to get you started.

1) Adaptive Electronics
There are so many enabling devices and adaptive electronics available today. They’re designed to accommodate a wide range of disabilities, helping people with visual impairment, diminished motor skills, and more. For instance, electronics with enlarged switches and buttons for use on iPods, remote controls, CD players, and keyboards make it easier for your loved one to use their devices.

2) Tremor-Canceling Utensils
Individuals who experience hand tremors, such as essential tremor or Parkinson’s disease, can find it difficult to use traditional utensils. Thanks to emerging technology, this difficulty is becoming increasingly easier to manage. Active cancellation of tremor (ACT) uses tiny sensors to detect movements in real time and produce precise counter-movements. These adjustments  reduce the amplitude and severity of tremors, essentially canceling them out. It’s a practical gift that will be much appreciated at every meal.

6 Great Holiday Gift Ideas for People With Physical Disabilities3) Adaptive Clothing
Who doesn’t love to get something new to wear? Adaptive clothing is designed to make it easy to dress/undress by providing access to certain body parts without having to fully remove clothing — making life simpler for people with physical disabilities and their caregivers. Some companies to consider buying from are: Able2Wear, Silvert’s, Izzy Camilleri Adaptive Clothing, Adaptations by Adrian, Easy Access, and Koolway Sports.

4) Dressing Aids
Those who need assistance getting dressed can benefit greatly from using a dressing aid. There are many inexpensive (stocking stuffer) items available to help put on shirts, jackets, trousers, dresses, skirts, belts, socks, or shoes.

5) Tablet Talking Apps
Voice recognition software has become mainstream, thanks to built-in smartphone technology. Additionally, advances in sound quality are making it easier for people with disabilities to communicate with more natural-sounding voices. Apps like Talkitt facilitate communication for people with motor, speech, and language disorders. There are several other tablet-based apps, like Speak for Yourself, that have a vocabulary of nearly 13,000 words.

6) Getting Personal
Another approach to take is to forget all about the fact that your loved one has a physical disability, and get them something simply related to their favorite hobby or passion. Everyone just wants to be seen for who they are and appreciated, and what better way is there to do that than to acknowledge and support something that your loved one most loves to do?
At Bussani Mobility, we like to be a go-to resource for our customers and friends for all things related to their mobility, not just their wheelchair van. These holiday ideas are just one way we try to provide useful information.

We also have a Helpful Links page on our website with many links to other companies and resources that can help out with the challenges of daily life.
Good luck with your gift-giving this year! Before you know it, the holiday season will have come and gone. Then as the new year kicks off, if you find yourself ready to upgrade or trade in your wheelchair accessible vehicle, we hope you’ll call or come to Bussani Mobility to talk with one of our mobility specialists. You’ll always be in good hands at Bussani.

What’s the Difference Between a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle and a Used Vehicle?

What’s the Difference Between a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle and a Used Vehicle?
When shopping around for a New York Braunability MXV or any other type of accessible vehicle, buying a brand new vehicle can get a bit expensive. That’s because of the highly specialized modifications and driving equipment that are used in these vehicles. Another option for those with a limited budget is to take a look at a certified pre-owned or used vehicle at a more affordable price.

So you may be asking, what exactly is the difference between a certified pre-owned and a used vehicle? Aren’t they the same thing?
Both types of vehicles have been owned previously. But the major difference is that a certified pre-owned vehicle has been thoroughly inspected by a mobility dealer.

A certified pre-owned vehicle has been previously owned, generally has no more than 30,000 to 40,000 miles on it, and is less than three years old. Vehicles classified as certified pre-owned will generally still fall under the original manufacturer warranty and are subject to rigorous, multi-point inspections before being resold.

Used vehicles are all other pre-owned vehicles that don’t fit into these parameters.

One consideration when weighing the pros and cons of each type of pre-owned vehicle is cost. While certified pre-owned vehicles are less expensive than buying new, they generally come with a higher price tag than a non-certified, used vehicle.

When purchasing a certified pre-owned accessible vehicle, like a New York Braunability MXV at Bussani Mobility, you can have confidence in knowing that the vehicle has been thoroughly inspected, and checked for salvage title, corrosion, engine compression, previous accidents, and the overall condition of the vehicle. Our certified service technicians also check the condition of the tires, brakes, upholstery, fluids, service history, suspension condition, and alignment.

You can take a look at our used and pre-owned accessible vehicle inventory online or stop by any of our Bussani Mobility locations to chat with a mobility specialist. We’re here to help you get into the right vehicle for you ─ and that’s one that also fits your budget perfectly.

What You Need to Know About Learning How to Drive with a Physical Disability

What You Need to Know About Learning How to Drive with a Physical Disability
If you were recently injured and you’re wanting to increase your independence and mobility by driving a wheelchair accessible van, you’ve come to the right place. We’re here to tell you that, like many who came before you, you can do it!

Special adaptive modifications and driver rehabilitation sessions are available, making it possible for many people living with a physical disability to get back on the road. Here’s what you need to know to start down your new path to freedom.

Pass the Driving Assessment
You may be required to complete a course of driver training with a Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist (CDRS) and pass a driving assessment to determine that you are able to safely drive. You can expect the CDRS to perform a clinical evaluation of your physical functioning, including a visual, perceptual, and cognitive screening. They will also assess your wheelchair and seating. Depending on your performance in the assessment, a prescription for vehicle modifications may be written. You can also expect an assessment evaluating the current fitting and operation of the best accessible vehicle for you.

Get a Modified Vehicle
An accessible vehicle is modified to accommodate the special needs of the individual who will drive it. All adjustments made to the vehicle must be in compliance with all federal and environmental laws. Additionally, all modifications should be made by an authorized dealer, such as Bussani Mobility. These modifications include hand controls or foot controls, ramps, lifts, carriers for wheelchairs or scooters, and any other features that are necessary for the vehicle to be operated safely. We work hand-in-hand with your driver rehabilitation specialist to make sure you get exactly what you need.

Where  to Start
Do you have questions about mobility vehicles and what it will take for you to drive again? Call us or stop by any of our Bussani Mobility locations on Long Island or in Westchester to talk with a mobility specialist. We’re here to help you through the entire process, and get you back on the road.