Driving Mobility, the charity that provides driving and mobility assessments for all ages, will be supporting a MERU seminar at Kidz Wales which highlights its free Bugzi powerchair loan service.
Kidz to Adultz Wales and West, Thursday 21st September 2023, 9.30am – 4.30pm, ICC Newport, Wales. Free entry and parking. Stand CZ7.
Driving Mobility coordinates a network of 20+ centres which provide a range of services including clinical ‘fitness to drive’ assessments, equipment guidance, accessible travel advice and free paediatric powerchair loans. Supported by The Department for Transport, Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs) and Occupational Therapists (OTs) guide and support disabled individuals who self-refer or are signposted from the DVLA, Motability, Police and NHS. Every member is committed to enabling people remain as independent as possible. In addition to helping young drivers, selected centres work in partnership with MERU, part of QEF Mobility Services, to offer Bugzi free of charge to young children as an early introduction to powered mobility.
Free early powered mobility for your school – ‘Bugzi School Squads’
Room 2, 10:00 am. Seminar presented by Kate El Bizanti, Children’s Occupational Therapist and Clinical Lead for the Bugzi Loan Scheme, MERU & Mobility Services
Bugzi is a powered mobility vehicle that is loaned for free across the UK. Bugzi provides a high level of postural support and flexible controls for children with disabilities. It can be used as an introduction to powered wheelchairs; however, it is also important for other developmental milestones such as cause-and-effect, independence, special awareness, interpersonal relationships and participation. The Bugzi Loan Scheme has recently expanded into ‘Bugzi School Squads’. This seminar will ensure attendees understand:
- What is Bugzi
- How the Bugzi Loan Scheme works
- How the ‘Bugzi School Squads’ work
- How to access Bugzis for their school
To complement the seminar, stand CZ7 will display a comprehensive range of driving and personal mobility information to help young people with disabilities. Driving Mobility advisors will be on hand to offer one-to-one advice and to signpost all families regarding adapted driving, tuition and accessible vehicles.