New advice available on wheelchairs for disabled children in independent charity website ‘Living made easy for children'
16th September 2009
National charity the Disabled Living Foundation (DLF) has added a new section to its website ‘Living made easy for children’ that provides impartial advice and information on wheelchairs and related mobility accessories for children with disabilities.
Wheelchairs are an important part of everyday life for many children and not only act as a mode of transport but as a tool for an independent lifestyle. This latest section of the site, compiled by DLF’s team of occupational therapists, includes information on manual wheelchairs, both self-propelled and attendant propelled, and powered wheelchairs, along with details of related mobility accessories such as cushions, clothing and gloves.
A number of other smaller sections have also gone live, including one on buggies and another on toys that includes specialist information on switches and adaptors that enable children with limited movements to operate toys and disability awareness toys.
Christine Shaw, DLF’s Chief Executive, commented: "I am pleased to see 'Living made easy for children' growing in terms of the information it can offer parents of children with disabilities”.
Shaw added: "With these latest additions we are making good progress towards our goal of bringing together information on every product for disabled children into one place alongside invaluable advice from our team of occupational therapists. This will help parents, carers and healthcare professionals such as paediatric occupational therapists to easily compare products and make informed choices about items that can help children with disabilities".
‘Living made easy for children’ (www.livingmadeeasy.org.uk/children) was launched in April 2009 and is funded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families.
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‘Living made easy for children’ http://www.livingmadeeasy.org.uk/children/ is funded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families. Companies sponsoring the website include Nottingham Rehab Supplies, Theraposture and Kingkraft.
DLF is the UK’s leading source of expert information, advice and training on independent living for older or disabled people. We want every older or disabled person to have the impartial information and expert advice they need to make choices about their daily lives – and front-line staff to be well trained and well informed.
DLF's information is disseminated through a wide range of services. Members of the public can obtain advice from the DLF Helpline service, which responds to up to 25,000 enquiries a year, or try products out at its Equipment Demonstration Centre in London, one of the largest in the UK.
The DLF also provides a range of online services at www.dlf.org.uk, including:
- ‘Living made easy’, (www.livingmadeeasy.org.uk), an impartial advice and information website about daily living equipment.
- Free factsheets giving advice on a wide range of topics about disability and mobility products and choosing equipment for older and disabled people.
- AskSARA, (www.asksara.org.uk), an online advice tool that guides people to appropriate useful advice and information on products that can help them.
Healthcare professionals benefit from DLF Data, the UK’s only comprehensive and up-to-date database of daily living equipment and assistive technology and an extensive Training Programme including a variety of bespoke courses. They also attend the DLF Moving & Handling People conference, an annual event in 3 parts comprising an exhibition, practical workshops and plenary sessions.