Wizzybug - Free Early Years Powered Wheelchairs
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Wizzybug is a fun, innovative powered wheelchair provided FREE of charge to young children in the UK by Designability, a charity based in Bath.
Who is Wizzybug designed for?
Wizzybug is designed for physically disabled children. This includes children with cerebral palsy, spinal muscular atrophy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, and children with amputations or other conditions that affect their ability to walk. Wizzybug is intended for pre-school children aged at least 14 months with a maximum weight of 20kg.
How can Wizzybug be used?
Wizzybug is an electrically powered wheelchair for indoor and outdoor use, with adult supervision. Children use Wizzybugs at home, in pre-school, and in outdoor spaces such as parks, gardens, and playgrounds. Wizzybug can be used daily or occasionally but is not intended to be used all day, every day. Through the loan scheme, a child can have a Wizzybug for as long as it's suitable (usually until they outgrow it) when it is returned to Designability to be refurbished - ready for another child to enjoy.
How can I apply?
Families can apply for a Wizzybug direct via the application on the website, here. Appointments are held at Designability's HQ in Bath and at their partners' clinics (the William Merritt Centre in Leeds and the Mae Murray Foundation in Northern Ireland). Families on low incomes who may need support with the cost of attending their Wizzybug appointment can apply to Designability's Access Fund for assistance.
Designability is a registered charity (no. 256335).
- National Organisation
- Age range
- Suitable for ages from 0 to 5 years
- Referral Route
- No Referral Needed
- Type of Service
- Independent Living Services
- Eligibility Criteria
- Age Range - Early Years
- Special Educational Needs or a Disability (SEND)
- Provider Category
- Specialist Services - For those who require longer-term support
- Special Needs
- Physical Disabilities
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Last updated 02 May 2023