Happy husband giving a gift to his lovely differently abled wife.
If you haven’t yet started to create your gift list, it’s time to get to it. Here are a few ideas of what to consider for family members or friends living with a physical disability.
1) The Able Label Adaptive Clothing line uses discrete fasteners and high-quality fabrics. For the women in your life, there’s a cable knit poncho or quilted velcro gilet. For the men, how about a non-iron velcro dress shirt? Ships worldwide from the UK. Free returns available for your peace of mind.
2) The Uccello Kettle makes it safer and easier for someone with limited hand mobility to independently pour boiling hot water. The design is sleek, modern, and looks great on the countertop. Available at $79.95 on Amazon and shipping is free.
3) Anyone who uses a wheelchair can express their personal style with the Izzy Wheels’ wheelchair wheel covers, all designed by world-famous artists and fashion designers. (139 euros, about $155 US).
4) This compact, powerful 3D rotating massage pillow from Viktor Jurgen gives deep-kneading shiatsu massage to relax overused and tight muscles. Fits perfectly behind neck, shoulder, lower and upper back, abdomen, calf, and thigh areas. Gentle heating function soothes aching muscles and can be turned on and off with ease ($39.95 on Amazon).
5) Anyone who has an iPod, iPhone, or Apple Watch can control the physical aspects of their environment easily with the Apple HomeKit using touchscreen or voice commands, such as The Philips Hue White Starter Kit and the iDevices Thermostat (both $99).
6) This super big, weighted pen is great for those with tremors, Parkinsons, or similar challenges. Helps to control involuntary motion so the user can write smoothly and clearly (just $14.97 on Amazon).
7) For book lovers, you can’t go wrong with the Kindle Oasis. It’s waterproof. And has Audible, so they can listen to a huge library of audiobooks, anywhere ($199.99 on Amazon).
8) Send your loved one on any of these Adaptive Adventures of a lifetime: alpine skiing, snowboarding, cycling, kayaking, water-skiing, whitewater rafting. For children, adults and veterans with physical disabilities and their families. Prices vary. 877-679-2770.
9) One last idea: Forget all about your family member or friend’s physical disabilities, and give them something that relates to one of their hobbies or something they just love 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 accessible van. One way we do that is by providing Helpful Links on our website to other companies and resources that can help out with the challenges of daily life.
Good luck with your gift-giving this year!
The fifth annual National Mobility Awareness Month contest kicks off today — and three wheelchair accessible vans are up for grabs!
Started by the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA), the awareness movement and its online contest are designed to educate seniors, veterans, caregivers and people with disabilities about wheelchair accessible vehicles and adaptive mobility equipment options that enable them to live an active and mobile life. And it’s working. In the last four years, the online Local Heroes Contest has touched the lives of more than 10 million people across the U.S. and Canada.
Bussani Mobility Team is proud to join NMEDA in this year’s contest, which starts today! Those eligible to win the wheelchair accessible vehicles are encouraged to submit either written or videotaped stories of how they are triumphing over their mobility issues through their academic and career ambitions, as well as their family and local community contributions. Caregivers, friends and family members are also welcome to submit entries.
Stories will be accepted at MobilityAwarenessMonth.com from April 12-May 31, 2016. Voting takes place May 3-31. This year’s winners will be announced in mid June.
Sponsors Fiat Chrysler, Toyota, Valley Honda Dealers, BraunAbility, VMI, and ElDorado Mobility have rallied together to provide the vehicles and conversions, which will later be customized to the winners by local mobility dealers like Bussani Mobility. National Mobility Awareness Month is also supported by prominent spokespersons and advocates for those with disabilities, Mike Savicki and Chad Blake.
In 2015, 914 entries received more than 1.3 million votes from across the country that resulted in four deserving Local Heroes in Oakley (California), Holland (Michigan), Derry (Pennsylvania) and Emeryville (California) being awarded fully customized wheelchair accessible vehicles; and an additional two dozen Local Heroes contestants whose communities came together to provide them with vehicles when they learned they had not been a contest winner through NMEDA.
“It is rewarding to work on such an important project each year that literally changes the lives of people with inspirational life stories. It is their contributions and triumphs we recognize and celebrate through the Local Heroes contest,” said Dave Hubbard, Executive Director and CEO of NMEDA. “We encourage caregivers, friends and family members to submit written or video stories of how they are triumphing over their mobility challenges and positively impacting the lives of the people around them.”
Go to MobilityAwarenessMonth.com to learn more and submit stories. Tell how you are a Local Hero who triumphs over the daily obstacles of living with mobility challenges. Then get all of your friends and family to vote for you. Plus we can help you get over 1,000 bonus points — just ask anyone on Bussani Mobility’s staff and we’ll show you how. One of those three wheelchair accessible vans could be yours!
Three wheelchair accessible vans will be given away this May as part of the second annual National Mobility Awareness Month contest. The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) is sponsoring the event, with the participation of local dealers like
Bussani Mobility Team
all across North America.
“We’re delighted to continue this important movement after a successful inaugural year,” said Dave Hubbard, executive director and CEO of NMEDA. “Last year, we welcomed more than 1,700 entries, had 1.2 million votes cast, and delivered wheelchair accessible vans to three amazing families. We remain humbled by the response and look forward to creating life changing experiences in the lives of this year’s winners.”
Daniel Bussani, Vice President at Bussani Mobility Team, said: “Over 18 million people in the U.S. have mobility issues. But so many aren’t aware of the adaptive driving options that are available today to help them live an active and mobile lifestyle. The National Mobility Awareness Month contest helps to spread the word, raising awareness among the general population about how adaptive vehicles can change peoples’ lives and give them new hope to live out their dreams.”
The search is now on for three “local heroes” in the U.S. and Canada who have a story to tell about how they are triumphing over their mobility issues through their academic and career ambitions, as well as their family and local community contributions. Entries are being accepted and voting is open through May 10, 2013 at
. Each mobility dealer has a code and when participants include this code in their entry they get extra votes (#4PVE8 represents Bussani Mobility Team).
During the last week of May, the three people with the most inspiring stories will be awarded their fantastic new wheelchair accessible vehicles. Sponsors Chrysler and Toyota have rallied together to provide the vehicles, which will be customized by NMEDA manufacturers – the Braun Corporation, Vantage Mobility International (VMI) and Bruno Independent Living Aids.
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.
The National Mobility Awareness Month “Local Heroes” contest is well underway…and 3 FREE wheelchair accessible vans are still up for grabs!
Bussani Mobility Team is supporting a nationwide contest sponsored by the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA). They’re looking for three “Local Heroes” in North America who will receive free adapted vehicles!
Mike Savicki, who a quadriplegic triathlete and 69-time gold medalist, and is the spokesperson for National Mobility Awareness Month, said: “Sure, I knew there would be challenges after my accident, but it never stopped me from pursuing my passions, whether it was golfing, skiing, cycling or sailing. I got involved with this awareness project because I’ve been celebrating mobility for the greater part of my life and I wish the world would join me even if only for a month.”
And he had more to say about adaptive vehicles: “The first time I got behind the wheel of my new van, a feeling of liberation came over me. It was as if my disability was just stripped away. I felt free again. I could explore, travel and live on my own all over again. That van gave me mobility, it gave me the self-confidence I never thought I’d experience again.”
To enter the contest, just go to www.MobilityAwarenessMonth.com, but you only have until May 13. All you need to do is submit either a picture and written story (up to 400 words) or videotaped story (1-3 minutes long) of how you’ve overcome or are dealing with mobility issues. Then, encourage others to vote for you at the site from April 1-May 13 to help determine the winners. Remember to include code #777 (representing Bussani Mobility Team) to get five extra votes the first time each person votes. Caregivers, friends and family members are also welcome to submit entries for others.
In May, the winners of the National Mobility Awareness Month contest will receive their fantastic new vehicles on a national TV show such as “Good Morning America” or “Ellen.”
Good luck! You or someone you know could be a big winner!
That’s right…you could be one of three lucky people who will win a wheelchair or scooter accessible van this summer!
May is National Mobility Awareness Month, and its purpose is to encourage people with disabilities to enjoy active, mobile lifestyles. To help spread the word, the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) is looking for three “Local Heroes” around the country who will receive free adapted vehicles!
The search is now on and entries are being accepted through May 13 only at www.MobilityAwarenessMonth.com. All you need to do is submit either a picture and written story (up to 400 words) or videotaped story (1-3 minutes long) of how you’ve overcome or are dealing with mobility issues. Remember to include code #777 (representing Bussani Mobility Team) in your entry. Caregivers, friends and family members are also welcome to submit entries for others. Then, encourage others to vote for you at the site from April 1-May 13 to help determine the winners.
In May, the winners of the National Mobility Awareness Month contest will receive their fantastic new vehicles on a national TV show such as “Good Morning America” or “Ellen.” Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. is donating a 2012 Sienna Minivan; SanTan Honda Superstore is donating a Honda Odyssey; Chrysler LLC is giving away a 2012 Town & Country Minivan; and van conversions companies like Braun Corporation, Vantage Mobility International, and Bruno Independent Living Aids are providing lowered floor conversion and specialized equipment.
Don’t miss out! You or someone you know really could win!