Category Archives: Educational Opportunities

Southside Hospital Helps People with Disabilities Get Mobile

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Southside Hospital has teamed up with
Bussani Mobility
to train healthcare professionals in the latest automotive mobility options that help people with disabilities get back on the road – and regain their independence.
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More than 20 physical therapists gathered during a lunchtime presentation at Southside Hospital to learn about wheelchair accessible vans (with raised roofs, lowered floors, ramps, and/or wheelchair lifts), adaptive driving equipment (such as hand or foot controls), and other mobility products (including scooter lifts and power seat lifts). These customized vehicles and products make everyday life easier for people who use wheelchairs or scooters, people who just need some help getting in and out of a vehicle, and caregivers of those living with disabilities.
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Other topics discussed at the training included: information about industry associations like NMEDA, how to work with driver evaluators, and how to help patients get financial assistance. Attendees received CEUs (Continuing Education Units) for participating in the complimentary training.
“We are always striving to partner with our vendors to provide the latest technology to our patients in order to assist them in being as independent as possible,” said Valerie Kruszon, PT, MS, Administrative Director Rehabilitation Services at Southside Hospital. “The Southside rehabilitation department thanks Bussani Mobility for assisting us in achieving that goal.”
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Daniel Bussani, Vice President at Bussani Mobility, added: “We were so pleased with the turnout at Southside Hospital and the reaction from the staff. Through these trainings, we’re providing medical doctors and physical therapists with the most up-to-date information about automotive mobility products so they can best help their patients who become disabled from an injury or illness. Our shared goal is to safely get people mobile as soon as possible, and help them regain their freedom and independence.”
 Bussani Mobility Team
(
www.bussanimobility.com
and
www.bussanicommercial.com
) 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 (Nassau County) and with offices in Smithtown (Suffolk County), Mamaroneck (Westchester County) and Sunnyside (Queens), 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, wheelchair accessible taxis, 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.
Southside Hospital
a member of North Shore-LIJ Health System – and only the second tertiary hospital within Suffolk County – offers centers of excellence in cardiology, orthopedics and neurosciences as well as women’s health services. Southside offers North Shore-LIJ’s cardiac surgery program with a state of the art hybrid operating room. The Cushing Neuroscience Institute at Southside includes a comprehensive Spine Center, an Epilepsy Center and a state-designated, Gold Plus Award Stroke Center. The North Shore-LIJ Orthopaedic Institute at Southside Hospital specializes in multidisciplinary orthopedic care for the entire spectrum of musculoskeletal disorders. Southside Hospital is the only Long Island hospital that has received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for four rehabilitation programs including inpatient, stroke, brain injury and outpatient rehabilitation. Among these programs is the highly respected Regional Center for Brain Injury Rehabilitation.

New York Mobility Club Tackles Sexuality & Intimacy

Sexuality & Intimacy
August 27, 2014 (Mamaroneck, NY) – The New York Mobility Club (sponsored by
Bussani Mobility Team
) is holding FREE events about “
Sexuality & Intimacy
” for people with disabilities, featuring guest speaker Liz Treston. These straightforward and entertaining discussions are for mature audiences only. September 9 from 6-8 pm at Bussani Mobility (501 Concord Avenue, Mamaroneck, NY) and October 7 from 6-8 pm at Bussani Mobility (500 Central Avenue, Bethpage, NY).
The New York Mobility Club is a local community group that supports people living with physical disabilities. A
FREE community service,
the group meets once a month on a rotating basis at Bussani Mobility’s offices in Mamaroneck, Bethpage and Smithtown, NY. The gatherings are friendly places where people with disabilities and their loved ones can go to talk and learn about all sorts of resources to help them live more independent and fulfilling lives. The atmosphere is uplifting and positive. Participants share their stories, challenges and successes.
At each session, a guest speaker gives the main presentation on one of many topics including health and fitness, travel, finances, relationships, home improvement, transportation, and mobility solutions. Also included are social activities, refreshments, and giveaways…all in an accessible environment. Easy parking is provided.
For more information or to RSVP, call 845-429-7983 or email
dcaiazzo@wegetyouthere.com
.
Bussani Mobility Team
(
www.bussanimobility.com
and
www.bussanicommercial.com
) 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 (Nassau County) and with offices in Smithtown (Suffolk County), Mamaroneck (Westchester County) and Sunnyside (Queens), 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, wheelchair accessible taxis, 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.

August Mobility Club – Medicaid & Working with a Disability

Mobility Club - Medicaid & Working with a Disability

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It’s that time again, time for the monthly Bussani Mobility Club meeting.  On Wednesday, August 14th, at our Smithtown showroom we will be hosting a discussion on Medicaid and Working with Disabilities.  Our speakers will be:

Alex and George will discuss a number of topics including:

  • The rules and regulations concerning “allowable income limits” for SSI, SSDI, and Medicaid programs. 
  • Various tools, such as Trusts, will be examined to show how assets can be protected and benefits maintained.
  • Additional resources will be provided.

We look forward to an engaging and lively discussion and not only look forward to seeing many of our regular Mobility Club attendees but we also encourage anyone attending to invite friends and relations who may have an interest in this topic as well.  As always, the presentation will begin from 6:30-7:30PM but the evening begins at 6PM so that all can arrive, settle in, get some refreshments and do a little mingling before hand.

RSVP by email to rcarbone@wegetyouthere.com or by phone at 888-690-7709.

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Abilities Expo NJ Happening Now

Abilities Expo New York Metro is now underway at the New Jersey Convention Center in Edison, NJ. It’s everything you need to know under one roof. For more than 30 years, Abilities Expo has been running this great event for the community of people with disabilities, their families, seniors, veterans and healthcare professionals. Where else can you discover ability-enhancing products and services, play a few adaptive sports, learn new dance moves, attend informative workshops and only scratch the surface of what Abilities Expo has to offer? And it’s free. Bussani Mobility Team will be there. Hope to see you there, too.

May 8th New York Mobility Club: “Home Modifications for Wheelchair Users”

New York Mobility Club
On May 8 from 6-8pm, the New York Mobility Club is holding a FREE event for people with disabilities. Guest speakers from ADA Lifestyles of New York and SureHands will talk about “Home Modifications for Wheelchair Users.” Also included are social activities, refreshments, and giveaways…all in an accessible environment. Easy parking is provided.
Click here for more details
.

Never Alone With a Canine Companion

Canine Companions for Independence
We learned all about the miracle of service dogs at the New York Mobility Club last night…and it was fascinating! These incredible canine companions really do help adults and children with disabilities to live more independent lives. They assist, day and night, in the most practical of ways.
Canine Companions for Independence
Yvonne Dagger, President of the Long Island Chapter of Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) and an experienced puppy raiser, demonstrated with 5-month old puppy in training, Dagger. He sported a smart-looking yellow CCI jacket showing that he’s still in training.
It takes about a year to train the dogs. The puppy raisers are volunteers who live and work with them to get them ready for service. CCI uses treats (and lots of praise) to motivate and teach the commands. Eventually, the dogs do the commands just for the “Good Boy!” praise of their human partner.
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Once they make it through the first level of training, the dogs know how to execute about 30 commands. They can turn on and off lights, open and close doors, pick up dropped keys and credit cards (or anything else), help with clothing, push buttons for elevators and automatic doors, pull their human partner’s manual wheelchair, assist with business transactions…and so much more. They’re also taught to “Speak” very loudly on command if additional help is needed.
CCI has found that people and businesses generally understand the need for service animals. And the Americans With Disabilities Act guarantees people with disabilities the right to be accompanied by a service animal in all areas open to the public.
Canine Companions for Independence specially breeds their dogs so that their temperament is just right to serve. All the dogs in their program are Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, or a mixed breed of the two.
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At last night’s meeting, a graduate team of Vincent, his canine companion Stetson, and mom Mary Kay also shared their story. The blue CCI jacket that Stetson dons tells everyone that he’s an assistance dog. Vincent explained that candidates hoping to receive a CCI service dog must complete a two-week educational course at a regional center. They learn how to work with the dogs and share their lives. They’re matched up with the perfect canine for their needs and personality.
The dogs who make it through the advanced training program know up to 50 commands. And they can be taught specialized commands as needed. For instance, Vincent wanted Stetson to be able to cover him back up when the sheets fell away from him over night so that he didn’t have to call out to his mom each time. And you can bet that Stetson delivers every time.
Canine Companions for Independence
Service dogs not only assist with physical tasks. They also provide companionship and social support. Vincent told us that he “never feels alone” because of Stetson. We could see that the bond between the dog and human partner goes very deep.
The dogs are always at the ready to assist their companion. They lay or sit quietly by their side waiting to serve as commanded. Some of us were wondering if they ever get to be off-duty and “just be dogs.” They have a special command for that, too. Vincent told Stetson to “Release” and he instantly jumped up and made his way around to say hello to our Mobility Club members, wiggling away and with a happy grin on his face. Then all it took was “Stetson” and he was back by his human partner’s side. You just have to say “wow” when you see these dogs in action!
Not every dog graduates from the CCI training program. In fact, only about 40% complete the training and are placed in homes for service. That’s because the organization has extremely high standards, knowing that these special dogs must be 100% reliable for their human partners. The dogs who don’t graduate are adopted as super smart pets. You can imagine the long waiting list to adopt them!
It costs about $45,000 to train and care for these service dogs. But amazingly, they’re provided at no cost to recipients who qualify. The company is funded by private contributions from individuals and businesses, grants from foundations and corporations, and fundraising activities.
If you’re in or near Suffolk County, New York, consider stopping by CCI’s 2nd annual “Wag n’ Wheels” event on Saturday, June 8th (11am-3pm) at Smithtown Scion. There will be service dog demonstrations, fine arts & crafts, raffles, vendors, food & refreshments, and lots of fun for the whole family. We hear the pie-eating contest is tons of fun.
A little piece of etiquette to keep in mind: When you see a service dog, he or she is diligently working. So it’s best not to rush over and say “how cute” and get him all riled up. Instead, ask the human companion if it’s ok to say hello to their dog.
Canine Companions for Independence
was founded in California in 1975, and is now the largest assistance dog organization in the world. Their motto is “Exceptional Dogs for Exceptional People.”
The New York Mobility Club is a free community service held the second Wednesday of each month at
Bussani Mobility Team
, 401 Middle Country Road, Smithtown, NY.

April 10th New York Mobility Club: Service Dogs & Living Aid Products

New York Mobility Club
Next Wednesday on April 10 from 6-8pm, the New York Mobility Club is holding a FREE event for people with disabilities. A guest speaker from
Canine Companions for Independence
will talk about “The Miracle of Service Dogs” and give participants a chance meet some of their exceptional dogs and their trainers.
In addition, a mini-trade show of products for independent living will be hosted by
Maxi-Aids
.
The event is sponsored by
Bussani Mobility Team
(the leading provider of automotive mobility solutions for people with disabilities on Long Island), and will take place at the company’s new showroom at 401 Middle Country Road, Smithtown, NY.
The New York Mobility Club is a local community group that supports people living with physical disabilities. A FREE community service, the group meets on the second Wednesday of each month. It is a friendly place where people with disabilities and their loved ones can go to talk and learn about all sorts of resources to help them live more independent and fulfilling lives. The atmosphere is uplifting and positive. Participants share their stories, challenges and successes.
At each session, a guest speaker gives the main presentation on one of many topics including health and fitness, travel, finances, relationships, home improvement, and mobility solutions. Also included are social activities, refreshments, and giveaways…all in an accessible environment. Easy parking is provided.
For more information or to RSVP, call 888-690-7709 or email dcaiazzo@wegetyouthere.com.

All About Adaptive Sports at Bussani Mobility

We wanted to share a few tidbits with you from the
Bussani Mobility
March 13th New York Mobility Club meeting, which was all about Adaptive Sports.
Adaptive Sports at Bussani Mobility
Tony Fitzgerald (a paralympian and 3-sport athlete who currently plays for the NY rangers and Long Island Roughriders sled hockey teams) shared his insights into how sports can have a curative effect. He said: “Wheelchair sports are not just sports, they’re therapy. Everybody can find a sport that they can customize, adapt, or improvise. You can do amazing things.”
Adaptive Sports at Bussani Mobility
In taking questions from the group, he got into the nitty gritty of how things work. One participant said he doesn’t have the hand strength to grip a hockey stick. And Tony responded, “You don’t need it. You’d be amazed at what a little duct tape can do.” He explained that you can tape the sticks to your hands, get into the sled, and you’re good to go! His stories and can-do attitude were very inspiring!
Adaptive Sports at Bussani Mobility
The amazing Peter Hawkins was also there and shared: “I don’t live my life from the perspective that I’m in a wheelchair and how can I do that. I live from the perspective of I want to do that, and I go do it. If you believe in yourself and you work at it, you can do just about anything.”
Thanks to our speakers. And thanks to all of our New York Mobility Club participants. This is all about you, and you make it all worthwhile.
Adaptive Sports at Bussani Mobility
And congrats to Freyda Kolinsky, who won the raffle prize of two center ice wheelchair seats to a NY Islanders game, courtesy of Tony!
We also wanted to let you know that, based on feedback from this month’s New York Mobility Club meeting, we’re in the process of creating an information resource of local adaptive sports opportunities, which we’ll expect to have ready for you in the Spring.

New York Mobility Club Feb. 13 All About Accessible Travel FREE

The next New York Mobility Club meeting is Feb. 13 (6-8pm) at Bussani Mobility’s new Smithtown showroom (401 Middle Country Road).
Taj Mahal for Mobility Club
Guest speaker Mary Peterson, CTC, from Able to Travel, will tell the group all they need to know about Accessible Travel. She’ll give the inside scoop about hotels, cruises, air travel — and how to travel hassle-free.
A FREE community service, the New York Mobility Club was designed to be a warm, friendly place where people with disabilities and their loved ones can go to talk and learn about all sorts of resources to help them live more independent and fulfilling lives. The atmosphere is uplifting and positive. Participants share their stories, challenges and successes.
Click here for more info.
We meet once a month, every second Wednesday of each month. The group is sponsored by Bussani Mobility Team. For more information or to RSVP, call 888-690-7709 or email dcaiazzo@wegetyouthere.com.