Three Families Receive Wheelchair Accessible Vans, Modified by Bussani Mobility, From New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS)

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NYDIS and Bussani Mobility help 3 New York area families by providing new wheelchair accessible vans to replace vital vehicles lost due to Super Storm Sandy.

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At the January 9, 2014 Board of Directors meeting for New York Disaster Interfaith Services or NYDIS, three New York area families were presented with wheelchair accessible vans to replace ones lost during Super Storm Sandy. All three of these vans were modified by Bussani Mobility to meet the specific needs of each family.

As many still struggle to recover after more than a year, some families were affected in much more devastating ways. The three families who received the vans not only lost their previous vehicles but also their ability to get out of their houses. For the better part of the last year they have worked with NYDIS, who gathered the necessary funds to purchase these vehicles for the families. While federal funding did help towards acquiring these vans, a large part of the funding came from private charitable donations that were received by NYDIS and the many groups that work with them. Bussani Mobility, the premier provider of wheelchair accessible vans to the New York Tri-state area, sourced the vans and made necessary modifications to meet each families particular needs.

“To play a role in helping these three families get back on the road with the freedom that a wheelchair accessible van provides to them is one of the great benefits of what we do” said Bussani Mobility Vice President Dan Bussani. “When the people at NYDIS reached out to us we knew that this was something we had to do.” Mike Lampert and Carl Surface, two of Bussani’s Mobility Specialists who worked with all three families on getting them the exact vans they needed, echoed Dan’s sentiments. “When you talked with these people and understood all that they had been dealing with since Sandy devastated the region, their plights became our top priority,” said Lampert.

Bussani Mobility Team ( is a leading provider of automotive mobility products and services for people with disabilities. The company helps people with disabilities regain the freedom and independence to go where they want to go and do what they want to do. Established in 1974 with headquarters in Bethpage, NY, and with additional offices in Smithtown and Mamaroneck, Bussani Mobility Team is a market leader in the Tri-State (NY, NJ, CT) area. The company’s team of experts offers: a complete line of wheelchair vans and mobility equipment from top manufacturers available for purchase or rental, a full-service automotive shop, 24-hour emergency service, special financing options, insurance services, educational opportunities, and in-store consultants who are dedicated to meeting their customers’ every need with a highly personal touch.

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