Kidz in the Middle @ Ricoh Arena!27 March 2015
Reanna and Warren of Enable Holidays share their discoveries and experiences when visiting the recent Kidz in the Middle event.
Disability dance classes, assistive feeding devices, all-terrain buggies, and an accessible playground were just some of the fantastic exhibits on show at last week’s Kidz in the Middle! As we stepped into the hall we could feel the buzz and excitement in the atmosphere as groups of friends, families and children were discovering brightly coloured stalls offering a wide range of products.
The first thing to catch our eye as we wandered around was a huge section in the middle of the hall where wheelchair games and dance classes were taking place for all to watch. We spoke with Go Kids Go, a small national charity aiming to provide training for young wheelchair users to help with their independence. Working with both powered and manual wheelchair users they teach skills such as backwheel balancing, tackling kerbs and roads, and getting out and about. Parents, carers, friends and siblings can also join in on the activities!
Situated in the corner of the hall was one of the most incredible attractions - a real-size accessible playground, with a swing and roundabout that wheelchair users could easily be wheeled on and secured in place.
We met the lovely ladies at Tiger Feet who offer dance classes purposely designed for children and adults with disabilities. Taking place at various locations across the UK, Tiger Feet offer sessions adapted to suit all ages and abilities!
Assistive equipment and technology was very much at the forefront of the exhibition. RBF Healthcare were displaying adjustable comfort chairs for support, air cushions for bathing, and arm supports for meal times. What particularly caught our eye was the Meal-Mate, a robotic device which helps people with impaired mobility helping to eat without assistance!
And of course, we came across our fair share of mobility equipment, here’s a few of our favourites!
First is the Hippocampe by Delichon Ltd! This all-terrain buggy has been designed by disabled people, for disabled people. It’s suitable for any age and allowing you to experience a whole new world of outdoors activities. An ideal piece of equipment whether you like trekking up a mountains, on-piste or treating yourself to a dip in the sea.
And by the same UK leading special seating company, the Delta All-Terrain Buggy! Available in various sizes for children and adult’s this lightweight, rugged and compact off-road buggy gives users fantastic access to the outdoors.
An extensive rage of cycles were on display by Theraplay. From tricycles to quads to hand cycles and much more, in various sizes to suit all ages – and you can even custom design your own!
But our number one favourite has to be the Wizzybug by designability. This fun powered mobility chair is designed for children aged 18 months – 5 years and grows with the child. The chair can be used indoors and outdoors, is easy to dismantle for ease of transport and comes with a joystick and switch options. What could get any better I hear you ask? Well it’s provided FREE through designability’s UK loan scheme! Visit their website to find out more!
We highly recommend attending one of the upcoming Kidz Exhibitions around the UK in 2015, details of these can be found here