The Wizzybug is available in Australia thanks to Ability Centre.
Many young children with disabilities have difficulty reaching movement and mobility milestones, which can then effect future development. Essential building blocks to childhood development and quality of life such as rolling, crawling, standing and walking, can be very difficult for some young children who have disabilities. Just like their peers, children with mobility limitations also need to play and explore their environments and assistance with self-initiated mobility is important in achieving this. The Wizzybug can assist their early mobility, helping them explore, play and learn what it is like to move independently.
The Wizzybug is an age-appropriate powered mobility device that combines toy-like looks with flexible power wheelchair based electronics. It has been used successfully for the last 5 years at Ability Centre by children with a range of diagnoses and mobility levels, our experiences with children who see the device and experience independent movement for the first time are amazing and it is hard not to cry, smile and celebrate the child’s and family’s joy.
Wizzybugs are designed specifically for toddlers with disabilities with postural seating supports, trays and are powered by a lightweight, rechargeable battery. They have the capacity for five kilometres of travel between charges and their puncture proof tyres mean parks and playgrounds that had previously been inaccessible can now be explored. It has adjustable seating and a range of control options including joystick, switches and remote. Specialist therapists at Ability Centre will work with you to assess each child’s needs.
Ability Centre staff have long been working with families to provide the innovative Wizzybug device to toddlers who need support to explore the world around them. Ability Centre has many Wizzybugs available for mid to long term loan or purchase. Ability Centre continues to fundraise for Wizzybugs for those families who may not be able to access traditional funding pools for this device.
For more information please call Ability Centre’s CP Tech office on 1300 106 106.