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How Can I Transport My Wheelchair Without a Van?


If you or a loved one uses a wheelchair or scooter, the easiest way to get around is with a wheelchair accessible van. And there are many stylish and functional models on the market today. But if you don’t have your own van, that doesn’t have to hinder your mobility. There are other solutions for transporting your wheelchair or scooter.
The team at Bussani Mobility thrives on helping people find independence through mobility. And we know that sometimes the best answer is to adapt your current vehicle, even if it’s not a van. Here’s what you can do:
1. Wheelchair Trailer
A wheelchair trailer is a possible solution. If you have a power wheelchair, you will have to consider its weight and purchase a trailer that can accommodate it. To avoid any damage to the trailer or wheelchair, you’ll always need to properly tie it down and secure it before transport it. You can either use a portable wheelchair ramp or purchase a trailer with one built in to get the chair in and out. 
2. Hitch Lift
An outside lift will transport any kind of wheelchair or scooter. If you own a small, medium, or large vehicle, you can attach a wheelchair or scooter lift at the rear end of their vehicle. Some hitch lifts can also be installed on vans, trucks, or RVs. 
Depending on your vehicle, you may need to have a hitch attached prior to using this type of lift. When considering a wheelchair or scooter lift, be sure to find one that can manage the weight of your wheelchair or scooter. Heavy-duty lifts have a carrying capacity of up to 400 lbs. But if you don’t have a heavy electric scooter, you may want to consider something more low-profile, like a micro lift. 
3. Chair Topper
The roof chair topper is designed to load, transport, and retrieve foldable wheelchairs. This device transports the wheelchair in a box that sits on your vehicle’s roof to save the space inside the vehicle for passengers. 
The chair topper is simple, convenient, and can be used on almost all car models. It automatically lifts and stores the wheelchair in the unit when you are ready to travel, and unloads it when you’ve reached your destination. Unloading and storing can be done in only 30 seconds. The chair topper box is also weatherproof, protecting your wheelchair from the elements.
Although owning a new wheelchair van is ideal, we understand that it’s not feasible for everyone and every situation. That’s why Bussani Mobility works with top brands to offer a variety of mobility solutions for your car, truck, or van. 

Understanding Hand Controls

Hand Controls
Vehicle hand controls give people living with physical disabilities the ability to drive and operate a motor vehicle. Hand controls allow for the driver to manage both the brake and gas pedals using levers that are generally mounted below the steering wheel and attach to the pedals. 
There are many different types of hand controls available, which is why it is important to speak to a mobility expert, often working hand-in-hand with a driver rehabilitation specialist, to find which ones will best suit your needs. Here is an introduction to help you get started in understanding hand control options. 
Push/Rock Style
When the driver pushes the handle forward, the brakes are applied. When the lever is rocked back, the vehicle accelerates. This model is ideal for individuals who have no finger dexterity as they operate the controls. 
Push/Right Angle Style
Individuals who have limited finger dexterity can benefit from these types of hand controls. When the driver pushes the handle upward towards the instrument panel, the brakes are applied. When the control is pushed downwards at a right angle, the vehicle accelerates. 
Push/Pull Style 
In this type of hand control, when the lever is pushed forward, the brakes engage. When the lever is pulled backwards, the vehicle accelerates. If needed, a three-post hand interface can be installed, providing the driver with the ability to maintain contact with the handle, ultimately providing greater control. Push/pull style hand controls are ideal for individuals with limited finger dexterity.
Electronically Assisted Hand Controls
With electronically assisted hand controls, the driver typically uses Joysticks and touchscreens to operate the vehicle. A primary set of controls manages the gas, brakes, and steering. A secondary set of driving controls operates other vehicle functions. This option is good for those who must use only one hand for driving, and who have limited strength and range of motion in both upper and lower extremities. 
There’s much more to know, and this is just a beginning description of what to expect with the various types of hand controls. The individual’s needs and abilities will help to determine what style of hand controls will work best for them to safely operate the vehicle. Experienced mobility experts are standing by at Bussani Mobility to help drivers of all ability levels. 

Elegant Chrysler Pacific Coming Soon

Car and Driver
A new mobility minivan, the Chrysler Pacifica, has officially been unveiled. The vehicle is so elegant that Car and Driver calls it “one of the best-looking van bodies ever plopped atop four wheels.” BraunAbility has designed conversions for people living with physical disabilities. Features vary somewhat, but here’s a look at what you can expect when you get behind the wheel.
The Pacifica offers power side-entry with in-floor ramp and interchangeable front seats. There is slightly more space than in its Town & Country counterpart. The interior styling is reminiscent of a Chrysler 300 sedan, and the luxurious two-tone leather and wood accents will make both driver and passengers feel pampered. In addition to style, the Pacifica boasts better handling and noise control.
The minivan also comes with great technology, with UConnect, a second-row entertainment system filled with games and perfect for long car rides. Chrysler is also working to make a hands-free door option not just for the rear tailgate, but for the sliding doors on either side available as well. Now caregivers and wheelchair users can operate the door/ramp/kneel system entirely by passing a foot (or footrest) beneath the frame of the van. And for anyone wanting to extend that new car look as long as possible, the Pacifica comes with a Stow n Vac, making quick clean-ups convenient and easy. A panoramic sunroof and rear park assist with stop technology are the cherries on top of the cake.
Bussani Mobility will start taking advance orders for the Chrysler Pacifica this month.

MXV™ Wheelchair Accessible SUV is Here!

People who use wheelchairs can now choose a practical vehicle that’s not a minivan. Built on the Ford Explorer chassis, the BraunAbility MXV™ (Mobility Crossover Vehicle) is the first wheelchair accessible SUV being offered to the mass market.
The MXV personifies action and independence while allowing for easy access and safe driving by people living with physical disabilities as well as caregivers. It has been described as offering the freedom of an accessible van with the style and swag of an SUV.
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Brought to market by trusted mobility conversion manufacturer BraunAbility, the MXV is getting rave reviews across the country. The vehicle has recently become available for purchase in New York State and is available at local mobility dealer Bussani Mobility’s four locations.
“The MXV represents a new era in mobility,” said Daniel Bussani, Vice President at Bussani Mobility Team. “This is nothing short of a breakthrough in mobility transportation options for people living with physical disabilities. It offers great new options for people to express their personality and live an active lifestyle.”
There are six patent pending features that maximize interior space without sacrificing style or safety, including a glide-out door operation and a space-saving sliding shifter. The in-floor technology makes the best use of interior space, and removable driver and passenger seating offers flexibility for power and manual wheelchairs. The SUV can be configured to meet the owner’s specific needs.
The MXV is on display at all of Bussani Mobility’s (www.bussanimobility.com) four locations: Bethpage, NY (Nassau County), Smithtown (Suffolk County), Mamaroneck (Westchester County) and Long Island City (Queens). Mobility specialists on-site can answer any questions about the vehicle.
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First-Ever Wheelchair Accessible SUV

Have you heard that the first wheelchair accessible SUV is coming soon!?!
Wheelchair Accessible SUV
Built on the 2015 Ford Explorer chassis, the BraunAbility MXV™ wheelchair accessible SUV personifies action and independence while allowing for easy access and safe driving by people who use wheelchairs.   A prototype of the vehicle will be on display at the Special Needs Expo Long Island this Sunday courtesy of local mobility dealer Bussani Mobility Team and manufacturer BraunAbility.  The expo brings the special needs community together for a fun-filled and informative day. Admission is free. It’s taking place 11am-4pm at the Long Island Hilton (598 Broad Hollow Rd, Melville, NY).
“The MXV represents a new era in mobility,” said Daniel Bussani, Vice President at Bussani Mobility Team. “This is nothing short of a breakthrough in mobility transportation options for people living with physical disabilities. It offers great new options for people to express their personality and live an active lifestyle.”
The BraunAbility MXV™ holds four patent-pending features, including a glide-out door operation and a space-saving sliding shifter. BraunAbility’s dependable in-floor technology maximizes interior space and removable driver and passenger seating offers flexibility for power and manual wheelchairs. And this mobility vehicle is equipped with a tow package.
It will be available for purchase later this year through local mobility dealers including Bussani Mobility Team.
Watch this video
to learn more.

Abilities Expo Top Picks

Abilities Expo
Abilities Expo
This year’s Abilities Expo in New Jersey on May 3-5 was quite an event. Vendors plied their wares from high-ticket items like home modifications and wheelchair vans to the least expensive items like t-shirts and special hand cream. Plus, there were plenty of opportunities to get involved in experiential workshops on all sorts of topics.
Check out the article in our
May/June enewsletter
. Also in this issue:

→Making Your Home Accessible
→Martial Arts Therapy for Kids
→Getting to Know Matt
→Now in Smithtown
→Save the Date Event Notices

This Small Device Could Save Your Life

The automotive experts here at Bussani Mobility Team are now offering an option for your wheelchair accessible vehicle that could save your life!
It’s called the Firetrace in-car fire suppression system. And here’s why it’s important…
Fires in vehicles present special challenges for both detection and suppression. Road grime, dirt and airflow can create unpredictable environments that can be harmful to most automatic fire suppression systems — and these threats can make it difficult to extinguish a vehicle fire.
The Firetrace system was specially designed to work inside vehicles. So, when a fire is detected, its unique polymer composite tubing bursts releasing its extinguishing agents – and the fire is suppressed much faster than it would be using manual suppression.
“No one wants to think about getting into an accident or a car fire, but sometimes these things do happen. And people with physical disabilities have added challenges to deal with when responding in these types of situations,” said Daniel Bussani, Vice President at Bussani Mobility Team. “The Firetrace system puts some of the power back in the hands of our customers. It gives them the safety of knowing that if anything would happen, they have a reliable way to help save their lives as the system automatically detects and extinguishes the fire.”
Bussani Mobility Team is the first dealer of wheelchair accessible vans in the New York area to offer the Firetrace system as an optional add-on feature. Call 866-524-8267 if you want to know more.

Prosthetic Hands Are a Game-Changer

Our dear friend, Dan Gropper, is one of the very first recipients of a brand new technology that he calls “a game changer.”

A quadruple amputee, Dan had been using a series of hooks and appliances to do things like drive and play golf. Now he’ll be able to do those things with a pair of human-like hands called Michelangelos. The prosthetic hands are made by Ottobock, a German company, and are able to mimic seven different hand motions, Dan is the first person in the world to be fitted with them. They cost $80,000 each and were covered by his insurance.
Dan controls his new hands by contracting muscles which send an electric signal that is then converted to motion. His new hands regulate pressure, which allow him to do things like eat a grape without crushing it.
Want to know more?
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(and scroll to the bottom of the article) to see a really inspiring video.

New Mobile App Now Available for Disabled Travelers!



You asked for it and now it’s here…the Bussani Mobile App!

Download The App From Your Phone Here
The new FREE service allows anyone with a Smartphone (iPhone or Android), iTouch or iPad to quickly and easily access important information and help, including:
• Getting immediate emergency roadside assistance 24/7
• Accessing maps
• Scheduling a service appointment
• Talking to a salesperson
• Reading and downloading information about Bussani’s products and services
We know that the lives of people dealing with physical disabilities are a little more complicated than that of the average Joe, so we want to do everything we can to be there to help when you need it most. With our new mobile app, you’re never alone and you can always reach us. We live in a world where everything seems to revolve around our cell phones, so the app makes it that much more convenient for you to get information and help wherever you are at any time of the day or night.
The mobility industry likes the app, too! Brian Harper, Senior Account Manager at BraunAbility, was heard saying: “It’s good to see one of our mobility dealers stepping outside of the box to take communications with customers to the next level so they can be even better taken care of. It’s an easy app to use and it provides useful information.”
Anyone can get the free app by either scanning the QR code on Bussani Mobility’s ads and marketing materials OR downloading it by searching their cell phone’s App Store for Bussani Mobility OR visiting
www.bussanimobility.com/m
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For more information about Bussani Mobility Team, call 888-551-2064 or visit
www.bussanimobility.com
.