Yesterday, State Farm sponsored the donation of a wheelchair accessible van to WWII Veteran Sidney Germanski. We were so happy to be able to host the ceremony at the Bussani Mobility Team’s Mamaroneck, NY location, and provide the mobility conversion.
WATCH FIOS1 NEWS COVERAGE OF THE CEREMONY.
After learning of a local Mamaroneck Veteran’s struggle with daily transportation, State Farm coordinated with Bussani Mobility Team to secure a van and worked with Star Body Collision to have it equipped to meet his needs. The 2007 Dodge Caravan is a wheelchair conversion with a fold-out ramp and tie-downs for the wheelchair.
92-year old Sidney Germanski is legally blind, paralyzed and uses a wheelchair. He depends on his wife and the local Veteran’s Affairs office for his [...]
Congrats to US Army Sergeant First Class Jeffrey Hackett of Oswego, NY, on being presented with his new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid equipped with special steering controls and pedals that can all be used with his left foot. Governor Cuomo awarded him the vehicle at the NY International Auto Show.
Here’s the story that ran in The Bronx Chronicle on March 27…
Governor Cuomo Opens New York International Auto Show Ten-day event expected to generate $300 million in economic activity across New York
Yesterday, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo kicked off the official opening of the 116th Annual New York International Automobile Show at the Javits Center on Manhattan’s West Side. The Governor drove a Silver Camaro ZL1 Convertible [...]
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.
“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 [...]
A 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.
A 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 [...]
There are many cases in which individuals that need the convenience of handicapped accessible vans simply can’t afford the cost of a new vehicle. While there are all sorts of funding options—a few even available through the government—you can possibly solve your cash problem by considering a used vehicle.
Just like any used vehicle purchase, you’ll want to look for a few specific things before buying. The purchase of used handicapped accessible vehicles should be given the same considerations as the purchase of a traditional vehicle. If anything, there are actually a few more factors to consider when buying used handicapped accessible vehicles.
More Parts: Used handicapped accessible vehicles have been modified in the past and come with many extra parts, many of which are mechanical in nature. For this reason, you need to check all of these added features in addition to the engine. It’s also a good idea to ask the dealership if [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
This year’s NY Auto Show at the Javits Center was as spectacular as it has always been. Some of the engineering marvels and futuristic concept cars just had to be seen to be believed! Take the Terrafugia Transition (a flying car!) or the SRT Viper (one of the world’s fastest cars with 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque).
Bussani Mobility Team was there, too, at the NMEDA (National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association) booth. Our featured products may not have been quite as fantastic and flamboyant as some of the others, but they do change people’s lives. We showcased a Braun Entervan fitted for use by people with physical disabilities – and we helped spread the word to the general population about wheelchair accessible vans and other adaptive automotive solutions that are available today.
We were also proud to take part, through the Wounded Warrior Project, in donating a wheelchair accessible van to a disabled American [...]