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Win a Wheelchair Accessible Van!

Four wheelchair accessible vans will be given away this May as part of the fourth 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.
 
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“Over 18 million people in the U.S. and Canada have mobility challenges. But so many aren’t aware of the adaptive driving options that are available to help them live an active and mobile lifestyle,” said Daniel J. Bussani, Vice President at Bussani Mobility Team. “The National Mobility Awareness Month contest helps to spread the word, raising awareness about how adaptive vehicles can change peoples’ lives and give them new hope to live out their dreams.”
 
The search is now on through the online contest for four Local Heroes in North America who have a story to tell about how they are triumphing over their mobility challenges through their academic and career ambitions, as well as their family and local community contributions. Local Heroes can be defined as people who volunteer, educate, advocate, achieve, and persevere.

Written or videotaped stories can be submitted at www.MobilityAwarenessMonth.com. Voting begins on May 1 and closes on May 31, 2015. Caregivers, friends and family members are also welcome to submit entries. Be sure to use code P4HD4 (representing Bussani Mobility Team) and you’ll automatically get 10 extra votes.

During the last week of May, the four people with the most votes will be awarded their new wheelchair accessible vehicles. Sponsors Chrysler, Toyota, AutoNation, Chairiot Mobility, BraunAbility, VMI and El Dorado Mobility have rallied together to provide the vehicles and conversions, which will be customized to the winners.

Dave Hubbard, executive director and CEO of NMEDA, said about the National Mobility Awareness Month contest: “We’re delighted to continue this important movement after three successful years. We welcomed more than 1,425 story entries, had over 4 million votes cast, created over 1.3 billion impressions and delivered wheelchair accessible vehicles to four amazing Local Heroes. We remain humbled by the response and look forward to creating life-changing experiences in the lives of this year’s winners.”

First-Ever Wheelchair Accessible SUV

Have you heard that the first wheelchair accessible SUV is coming soon!?!
MXV with ramp #2 HIGH RES
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.


Mardi Gras in NYC March 24!

NYCSCIA Mardi GrasWe’re just a few days away from the 11th Annual NYCSCIA Mardi Gras Fundraiser and there are so many new surprises lined up, it’s hard to pick just one to tell you about…the amazing light show, the caricature artist, the authentic Zydeco Band or the moon pies and king cakes for dessert. It’s a New Orleans theme.

You will just have to come and see for yourself on March 24th at Slate, 54 W 21st Street, NYC from 6 pm until 10 pm.

Victor Calise, Commissioner for the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, will be receiving the very first Peter Zarba Humanitarian Award.  Named in memory of our very dear friend, this award is given in recognition of the person, group or organization that best exemplifies service, dedication and passion for helping people with spinal cord injuries maximize their independence and quality of life.

As a passionate advocate for inclusion, accessibility and the healing power of adaptive sports, Victor has shown through his professional career, volunteer activities and personal example what true independence is and serves as a role model for the entire SCI community.  Molly Zarba and Dan Bussani will be on hand to help make the presentation.

Tickets are available for $30 in advance or $40 at the door. Tickets can be
purchased online
.


Single Mom With Disability Receives Life-Changing Holiday Miracle Gift: Wheelchair Accessible Van

Van Donation TerriA single, disabled mom living in Suffolk County, NY, received a life-changing holiday miracle gift on Monday. Theresa Thomas was presented with a refurbished Chrysler Town & Country wheelchair accessible van at Bussani Mobility Team in Smithtown, NY, where she became the second annual recipient of the company’s Peter Zarba Memorial Van Donation Program. New Beginnings (a community center for brain injury rehabilitation) arranged the introduction between the two parties that has made this heart-felt wish come true.

Van DonationTerriA former nurse, Theresa became severely disabled 7 years ago at the age of 39 by a genetic condition triggered during pregnancy that left her confined to bed. She has two sons, aged 15 and 7. And her mother, aged 70, uses a wheelchair as a result of a brain injury and two strokes. As Theresa’s condition worsened and she was no longer able to leave the house, let alone work, the family fell homeless and lived in shelters for several years and the children moved from school to school. The struggles they endured, just to live a basic life with food, shelter, and schooling, were unimaginable. But she never gave up fighting…to get well, to find a place for her family to live, to give back.

Van DonationTerriWith the wheelchair accessible van, Theresa will be mobile again. She will regain her independence and be able to take care of her family in the way they were accustomed to before her physical disability set in.Van DonationTerri

Overjoyed at the presentation ceremony, Theresa Thomas said: “They didn’t give us a van. They gave us life…This beautiful gift allows us the ability to have a productive future. I can return to work, continue school, and begin to provide for my family again. All these things would never have been possible without your grace. We will live in a perpetual state of ‘pay it forward.’ You are Christmas angels to us and we thank you kindly for this immense Christmas blessing!”

Theresa is working to finish her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology so she can become a social worker and live a life of service to others. She eventually wants to open a not-for-profit in Suffolk County connecting the disabled, mentally ill, homeless, and veterans to the many resources Long Island has to offer.

Van DonationTerri“There’s no end to what this remarkable woman will do to help her family and the disabled community here on Long Island now that she has her own wheelchair accessible vehicle to get around,” said Daniel Bussani, Vice President at Bussani Mobility Team. “She has big dreams. With her perseverance, strength and compassion, we have no doubt that she’ll reach every one of them and she’ll touch many lives for the good.”

The van was donated by a Bussani Mobility Team customer and refurbished by the company. Two other local automotive companies contributed to the effort: Third Generation Auto Body (donated the body work) and Don’s Hand Car Wash (donated the detail work).

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 Long Island City (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.

New Beginnings
Van DonationTerri(www.nbli.org), a not-for-profit 501©3, was founded by Allyson Barone Scerri after her father suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2007. Allyson quickly realized that as a caregiver in a family hit by TBI, there was a serious lack of coordinated services and her vision was to have them all connected under one roof. In April of 2010 Allyson opened the doors to a state of the art, never before seen facility for TBI rehab where all necessary modalities of treatment including Hyperbaric Oxygen are found under that one roof. Her facility is praised by medical professionals who are world renowned experts in the TBI field. She has geared the facility to be a Community Center that reaches out to TBI victims as well as victims of all other cognitive & physically disabling conditions and their caregiving families.


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 Handicap Symbol in NY

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More than 45 years after it was first created, the handicap symbol is getting a significant redesign, at least in New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) recently signed into law the measure, making New York the first state in the nation to replace the universal symbol with a modified version, according to the sponsors of the bill.

“New York is again leading the way by being the first state in the Nation to update our outdated ‘handicap’ signs with a more active, engaging symbol. Working together we will continue to be a shining example for disability rights throughout the country,” Sen. David Carlucci (D) said in a statement. He and Assemblywoman Sandy Galef (D) co-sponsored the bill, which has no fiscal impact as it only requires new signs to carry the updated icon and which also drops the word “handicapped” from signs and communications in favor of the word “accessible.”


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.


Fun Things to Do Before Summer Ends

Summer’s not over yet! There’s still time to get out and enjoy the fun with friends and family. Festivals, parks, sports, the beach….you name it and it’s happening somewhere in the New York Metro area. Need some inspiration? Here are 10 accessible activities to do before summer ends:

hiking summer things
1) Blaze a Trail – Go hiking on an accessible trail, have a picnic or go camping. Take in some nature, maybe even do a bit of bird-watching. See what
New York state
has to offer.

2) Stop and Smell the Roses – Visit the stunning landscapes, collections and landmarks at the
New York Botanical Gardens
in the Bronx. There’s even jazz on Thursday nights…and floral design and Mario Batali cooking classes throughout the week.

Beach summer things
3) Hit the Beach – Rent a
Floating Beach Wheelchair
. These amphibious rolling beach chairs take you from boardwalk to beach to water!

4) Take a Dip in the Pool – Who doesn’t love to feel weightless? Call your local YMCA or YWCA to find out about an adaptive swimming program.

5) Go Fishing – Check out these
maps
in New York to find fishing access for anglers with disabilities.

tennis summer things
6) Play
Adaptive Tennis
– Wheelchair tennis can be played on any regular tennis court. It’s your serve.

7) Surfs Up – On September 21, a
Wheels2Water Paralyzed Surfers
event is taking place on Long Island.

8) Watch a Movie Under the Stars – Pack up the family and go see “The Lego Movie” under the stars on August 8th at Ridge Road Park (Hartsdale, NY), courtesy of The Miracle League of Westchester.

9) Take Me Out to the Ball Park – What says summer more than a baseball game? Yankees or Mets, it’s your call. Either way, hot dogs are a must.

10)
Swim With Dolphins
– For something truly memorable, hop a flight to Miami and head to Key Largo or Marathon Key for a one-of-a-kind, fully accessible swim with dolphins.

More Tips: Find out what you need to know about
accessibility at summertime venues
.