Children with special needs received new and upgraded wheelchairs thanks to a donation from the Aall Foundation to the Lighthouse School.
The children and their parents were introduced to the new chairs during a recent wheelchair clinic at the school this month.
The latest donation from Aall led to a shipment of 27 boxes of equipment, containing the wheelchairs, bath seats and floor seats for the children who live with major mobility challenges like cerebral palsy.
“This is a very generous donation, not just of wheelchairs, but of other equipment as well,” said Anna Cartwright, an occupational therapist at Student Services at the Department of Education Services, who works with children at the Lighthouse School.
Staff from DMR, a US-based company which provides the custom wheelchairs, were on hand at the school’s recent wheelchair clinic to carry out fittings and to ensure that all the children were safe and comfortable in the new equipment.
DMR vice president Conrad Perez said the chairs are adjustable and can grow with the children and be expand as needed.
Having access to chairs that provide rehabilitative seating support is vital to the physical development of children with cerebral palsy, for example, said occupational therapist Dahlia Webb. “… When they’re very little, even before they’re standing, they need something to support them,” she said.
At the clinic, children who are just a few months old can get fitted for the postural assistance they need, with chairs available for the tiniest children.
To demonstrate that chairs are available for infants, Mr. Perez assembled a little chair that looked as though it could have been made for a doll.
Chair parts are also reused and recycled. Most chairs last about three years, but some last as long as five years. They are usually changed because the child grows out of them.
The Aall Foundation, a charitable trust formed in Cayman in 1982, is the benefactor of numerous charities and causes, both locally and internationally.