Every parent wants their child to get the most out of life. Part of this means being able to visit new places and do new things.
But if your child has a disability, it can be hard to share with them the experiences that so many families take for granted. Assisting your child to and from nursery or school can be difficult enough, let alone taking them further afield or enabling them to play with friends.
But there is help out there – more than you might think. Simple walking aids and other types of mobility equipment can really make a difference and dramatically improve the quality of your child’s life.
The Disabled Living Foundation (DLF) is a national charity that helps people of all ages, and also carers and health professionals. Because the number of disabled children in the UK has been steadily rising, it recently launched a special section on its website called ‘Living Made Easy for Children’.
Mobility is one of the website’s most looked-at sections. There, you can find detailed information on walking equipment, standing frames, wheelchairs and accessories, bicycles and tricycles, buggies and accessories, and trolleys, carts and scooter boards.
DLF doesn’t sell products, but it can tell you exactly what is available and how suitable it will be in your specific circumstances. It can also tell you where you can obtain equipment, how much it might cost, and whether there might be any sources of funding to which you can apply.
How to make a magic moment
Imagine taking your child to the seaside for the first time, accompanying them to the park or simply seeing them enjoy safe play in your front room or back garden. These are the kind of magic moments that can be possible with the aid of mobility equipment.