Luigi waits for no one. Instead, he’s in the driver’s seat — and he’s helping others. The Bussani Mobility team in Mamaroneck, NY, customized his 2010 VW Routan with EMC driving aids, so Luigi drives from his wheelchair using an electronic brake and throttle operated by hand and an electronic remote steering wheel. His story (below) was originally posted on the Uber blog on May 27, 2015 by Mikaela.
Today, we’re going Behind the Wheel with Luigi, one of our top-rated uberX partners here in Connecticut. Luigi was born and raised in Italy outside of Venice. His 2 oldest children spent most of their childhood there until Luigi and his wife decided to move to the US. He now lives with his family in Rye, NY.
Luigi first learned about Uber from his 18-year old son. [...]
by Heather Borden Herve, published by GoodMorningWilton.com on August 10, 2015
Wilton resident Greg Jacobson is a dad, step-dad and husband. A former pro-golfer, he’s got the can-do enthusiasm and driven spirit of the professional athlete he once was.
He also has multiple sclerosis, something he was diagnosed with four years ago at the age of 50, just after he married Alison Jacobson. It has impacted his daily ability to do everything, and rapidly. Recently, he took a realistic look at his situation and recognized that a mobility van–one equipped to accommodate his wheelchair and his own lack of mobility–would make a world of difference. But such a vehicle would be exorbitantly expensive. That’s where the wider community, Wilton and beyond, stepped in to help.
We asked Greg to share the story of how he was able to get his much needed van, something he took possession of only one week ago. He also unexpectedly was able [...]
The changing of the season is always a good time to do a maintenance check on your vehicle. With Spring now upon us, the technicians at our full-service auto shop have these tips to help keep your wheelchair accessible van in tip-top shape.
1. Use It – Letting a vehicle sit around can be just as harmful as excessive use. For instance, a three year-old wheelchair van with under 10,000 miles will often need new tires or hoses or gaskets, all due to dry rot.
2. Regular Maintenance – Keeping up with scheduled maintenance is as important with a converted vehicle as oil is to the engine. That includes proper lubricants, alignment, and most important, upgrades.
3. Find a Service Facility You Trust – Be sure to take the vehicle to an auto shop that knows how to work on conversions.
4. Understand Your Manual Overrides – Wheelchair accessible vans are equipped with manual overrides [...]
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 [...]
Have you heard that the first wheelchair accessible SUV is coming soon!?!
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 [...]
SALT…it helps keep us safe on the snowy roads here in the Northeast. But it also wreaks havoc on our vehicles. Now with winter in full force, we want to remind you how important it is to clear salt and dirt from your wheelchair accessible van…and keep your undercarriage clean. When salt is left on the outside of your vehicle, you can easily see the damage it does to the paint finish. Well imagine what it’s doing to the unseen, forgotten, underside of your van throughout the whole winter. It can cause major body and undercarriage damage. When the salt build-up is left there for too long, rust and corrosion can set in. Metal parts like fuel lines can break, leading to costly repairs.
But this is easy to prevent. Just keep your undercarriage clean. Take your vehicle to the car wash or detailing shop regularly, especially [...]
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!
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 [...]