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 [...]
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.
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.
Freedom’s Wings (FWI) is a non-profit organization run by and for people with physical disabilities. They provide the opportunity for those who are physically challenged to fly in specially adapted sailplanes, either as a passenger or as a member of the flight training program.
On September 12, when we arrived at the Blairstown Airport for the Life Challenge event, it was a gorgeous morning. We felt something special was going to happen. And special is just what occurred.
Twelve amazing participants left their fear behind on the ground as they all took flight in Gliders provided by Freedom Wings International. What an incredible sight to see!
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:
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.
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 [...]
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
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.
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 [...]