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Tuesday 26 March 2019
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Wheelchairs and Powered Mobility - Getting Mobile!

young boy in toy buggy

Introducing a Special Buggy or a Wheelchair

Reduced mobility may mean that a child needs to have a special buggy or wheelchair provided. This may be a means of mobility that will be used frequently, or just occasionally for long distances.

Introducing Powered Mobility 

Powered Mobility (Electric Wheelchairs) may be considered when a child or young person is not able to move themselves independently in a manual wheelchair. They will need to have the ability to plan where they want to go, and to be assessed to be safe in its use.

There are quite strict criteria about being eligible for being provided one by the NHS, but your therapist will be able to advise you about this.  There are also charities which can help with funding for this.

There are many considerations when thinking about introducing a powered wheelchair for a young person. This is especially true when the child is young, and may have little awareness of safety and speed. 

The Powered Mobility Information download offers parents, carers and school staff a starting point on the following:

  • Pre-Wheelchair Mobility Training
  • Introducing a Powered Wheelchair to Nursery or School
  • Using a Powered Wheelchair at Home
  • Tips for Learning to Drive  a Powered Chair
  • Frequently Asked Questions about Powered Mobility.



Derbyshire Wheelchair Services Information