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


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.

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It’s officially Spring. Time to go out and play…kids and adults alike! This weekend, the annual Spring Kid’s Fest is happening at the Merrick Railroad Station. Friday night through Sunday night.

For more info, click here.

Sadly, most people in need of wheelchair accessible vans assume they have to take what they can get. But the fact of the matter is many models out there are getting more and more accommodating in terms of passenger comfort. Before you put own your money on a
van that’s wheelchair accessible
, consider these aspects of comfort and convenience.

Think About Height:
Whether or not the individual in the wheelchair will be the driver or the passenger needs to be taken into consideration. The amount of height within a van that is wheelchair accessible can be determined by the amount of space the floor has been lowered. There are many models of
new wheelchair accessible vans
out there that have a 10 inch lowered floor. This allows ample space for most people but exceptions can usually be made for taller [...]


Nassau County will host the Games for the Physically Challenged on May 30 through June 1 for the third consecutive year. With the support of private-sector donations, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano saved the games in 2011 after learning that New York State had eliminated the funding for the Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged. Mangano will continue to coordinate and save the games in 2013.

“The young student athletes who are able to participate in the weekend of events are truly inspirational to watch,” County Executive Mangano said. “As you see them cross the finish line, you see the smiles on their faces and tears of joy in their eyes. For one weekend, they get to compete with their friends from across New York State, share their stories and continue to build long-lasting [...]


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.

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 [...]

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 [...]

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