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.
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 wanted to share a few tidbits with you from the Bussani Mobility March 13th New York Mobility Club meeting, which was all about Adaptive Sports.
Tony Fitzgerald (a paralympian and 3-sport athlete who currently plays for the NY rangers and Long Island Roughriders sled hockey teams) shared his insights into how sports can have a curative effect. He said: “Wheelchair sports are not just sports, they’re therapy. Everybody can find a sport that they can customize, adapt, or improvise. You can do amazing things.”
In taking questions from the group, he got into the nitty gritty of how things work. One participant said he doesn’t have the hand strength to grip a hockey stick. And Tony responded, “You don’t need it. You’d be amazed at what a little duct tape can [...]
We’ll be covering two great topics at our March 13th New York Mobility Club meeting: All About Adaptive Sports & How to Work with ACCES-VR. And there’s a big sports giveaway. See you in Smithtown! Click on the image for details.
The lead story in our January/February issue of the “Behind the Wheel at Bussani” customer enewsletter was all about starting the year off right with a safe exercise program. HOPEFitness (a fitness center on Long Island that’s dedicated to individuals with all types of disabilities) gave us some very practical tips.
The newsletter also talks about:
–How to Save Money on Auto Care –How John DeVeglio Got His Independence Back –New York Mobility Club –Who is Andrew Parente? –and…A Little History About Bussani
It’s that time of year again! Let the holiday merry-making begin! But first, let us help you check off everyone on your “nice” list with our top 10 gift ideas for people living with physical limitations…
1. Keep the kids and adults warm in an adaptive coat from Koolway Sports. Half back eliminates excess fabric. Side zippers run from the cuffs to the bottom of the side seam. Zippered front blanket goes from lap to ankles. Coats come in fun colors and various fabric weights for winter or spring use. $360 kids/$425 adults at Ross Daniel Adaptive Apparel (914-234-7853)
2. With Dragon Speech Recognition software, you talk and it types. Give voice commands to create and edit documents or emails, launch apps, open files, control your mouse, and more. For Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, iTouch. $49.99 and up at Nuance
November 20, 2012 by JAN TYLER / Special to Newsday
Folklore pictures Cupid as a chubby little matchmaker who shoots love arrows from a fancy bow. But for one couple, the messenger of love took the form of a bowless but savvy woman acting on instinct.
“I had a hunch that they’d hit it off,” said Judy Carey, who introduced Emily Costanza and Frank Sciaretta about a year ago.
And they did. Costanza, 37, of Bay Shore, and Sciaretta, 49, of Levittown, both of whom have spinal disorders that have confined them to wheelchairs, are engaged to be married and plan to tie the knot in September.
“There are so many details, like working out everyone’s schedules,” Costanza said, “and we’re still looking for a catering facility that’s completely handicapped-accessible where we [...]